OK, first things first. This review won’t be as in-depth or as long as some of my previous reviews. I’m doing it as a favor to my friend Nathan and I figure it can act as a sort of snack to tide you over until I finish the bigger review I’m working on right now. And aye, it doth be a big un’. So with no further delay, Knife Man.
Andrew Jackson Jihad belong to a genre called “Folk-Punk”. This typically involves songs that use a number of instruments typically used in the music of Folk singers, such as the banjo, harmonica, or acoustic guitar. It takes these instruments and combines them with the attitude of Punk Rock. It’s a really interesting genre and I think AJJ make some of the best albums in it. One of their earlier albums, People That Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People In The World, is probably the magnum opus of the genre. But this 2011 release is a mighty fine album as well. It can be insightful, funny, sophomoric, strange, poppy, and aggressive. But not to make it sound like the album has some sort of schizophrenic tone. It manages to meld these things well into some sort of tasty gumbo of styles. But the real appeal of the album is the lyrics. They are hilarious and very politically relevant and make some wonderful points. Or they can just be clever. Like the 30-second opener The Michael Jordan of Drunk Driving. It’s a great opener because it manages to set the tone of the album, and draw the listener in. All in 30 seconds. Or my personal favorite, American Tune. The lyrics, which I can’t reprint here because there may be children present, make you split your sides. That is, until you realize that what they are saying is sadly true. For another example of this, see the song Zombie By The Cranberries By Andrew Jackson Jihad. Yes, that is the real name of the track.
Well, anyways, this is just a really consistent and intriguing album. If anything I said above made you interested, I say go ahead. It’s not the most immediate album AJJ have put out, and People This Album has A Really Long Title is better and shorter, but it is still worth picking up. And thus concludes my first review of an album from 2011. Sad it took me this long, right? And I swear that my next review will be way more in-depth.