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FIDLAR – TOO – Album Review

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Since their 2012 self-titled debut, FIDLAR (Fuck It Dawg, Life’s A Risk), have been on tour. In that time they’ve written a wicked second album, aptly named TOO. The mileages over the three years of constant touring have added up and are expressed in the songs of this album. The songs are still great party jams but have inverted the typical underlying theme of “work to party”, when partying becomes your work and the downward cycle that it can put you in. The band brings in many instruments and effects, including CD skipping, where the last album was simply overdriven guitars. All of the songs are noteworthy; the album lacks filler and will soothe fans spurned by the three year wait.

Their single “40oz On Repeat” talks of party fatigue and waking up alone. A new version of the song “West Coast”, which has been on YouTube unofficially in the form of a mash of anti-drug PSAs, has a new bridge that brings the peppy party song back to the theme of the album. You can hear the pain, discomfort, and dissatisfaction with life in the guitars of “Leave Me Alone”. The slow creep of folky “Overdose” is new and welcome territory for the band and has a real terror of an ending. The last song, “Bad Habit”, is triumphant and unapologetic.

TOO is a good follow up to the first album and lets listeners in onto the evolving story of the band FIDLAR.

Tyler Brown

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