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Almost Free

Mom + Pop

Jan 22, 2019 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

Almost Free finds FIDLAR, the SoCal corporate-punks that at one point made endearing and charming pop-punk, ripping off Beastie Boys’ worst tendencies and creative scapegoats. The opening track, “Get Off My Rock,” and every single song on Almost Free, for that matter, reflects this crunchy, ferocious approach to rap-rockand they attempt to get political in the process. But why on earth would we want to hear a band that has made its name for itself singingand more often than not screamingabout shooting up smack and getting blacked-out with “the homies” talk politics? Every move FIDLAR has made following their full-length debut, FIDLAR, sounds calculated, as if it was drafted up in a dingy, strip mall marketing office by a pair of washed-out hacks who no longer understand what is relevant. This bland, wishy-washy concoction of pop-rock FIDLAR half-assedly barfs up reflects the quartet of 30-something’s own addictive tendencies; each watered-down attempt at a “genre-revival”-punk, in this casefalls victim to insipid rip-offs of their “punk” influences. (

Author rating: 3/10

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January 22nd 2019

the more people hate on this band the better. their shows are already too packed, y’all can stay home and leave a little more room for the rest of us.

January 25th 2019

From this up here, the “Review”:
...every single song…Every move…each…”

Rating’s a 3/10 still!!

You sure wiped the album on something smelly, Timothy…