Review: Johnny Foreigner- You Can Do Better

Posted: May 10, 2014 in Reviews

The opening drum-filled moments of first track “Shipping” sounds a little like Blink 182’s “Feeling This”, but then instantly it morphs into standard Johnny Foreigner. I do not mean that as an insult. Rather it is something that we should embrace, as standard Johnny Foreigner equals good times. You Can Do Better is an energetic, catchy-as-hell album and “I’ll stop shipping you if you’ll stop shipping me” is a brilliant chorus to open with and perfectly sets the tone for what is to come. Unlike some of their indie-pop contemporaries (I’m mainly looking at you, Los Campesinos!), JoFo have lost none of their youthful energy or drive since their debut album in 2005. In fact, you can feel the enthusiasm just bursting from the songs on You Can Do Better.

“If it’s not broke, don’t fix it”; Johnny Foreigner adhere to these principles and just keep improving bit by bit on that classic JoFo sound. They are not going through the motions; this is probably their best effort yet. The punk-y, upbeat, giddy moments contrast perfectly with the fragile, tender, slower moments. This culminates in album highlight “To the Death”, which appears confident in nature, while simultaneously being unsure of itself. “In Capitals” is intense and brooding, while “Wifi Beach” has harmonies to die for. You can seriously never be bored with a JoFo album.

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