Album Review of Fixin' the Charts Vol.1 by Everybody Was In The French Resistance...Now! Released 25th January 2010, on Cooking Vinyl.
When Joe Pasquale sang about knowing a song that will get on your nerves, I wonder if he had the debut album by Everybody Was in the French Resistance...Now! In mind.
Though it may not appear that way, making fun and witty music is risky business. What seems like a good idea on paper can easily turn into something that just is not great. There is a fine line between funny and smart lyrics (see Eureka Machines brilliant debut album Do Or Die), and just being a joke band, where the joke lasts for seconds before getting old and eventually finding it's way to the pile of CDs you wish you'd never bothered with, but which seemed like such a good idea at the time. Sadly, Fixin' the Charts Vol.1 falls into this category.
The idea of writing responses to popular songs looks like a fantastic idea on paper, but between the paper and the recording, something definitely got lost here. The ideas behind Billie's Genes and G.I.R.L.F.R.E.N (You Know I've Got A) are incredibly funny - I'm sure everybody can appreciate how great telling Avril Lavigne to bugger off would be. But the song itself - as with pretty much every other song on the album - is funny for maybe the first couple of plays before just losing it completely. Similarly, Creque Allies comes across as nothing but a patronising history lesson. It's also about two minutes too long.
The thing that hits me about this album is how disposable it is. There are moments of perfect piano pop, but the lyrical content is just so terrible it makes it painful at times. This is just vol.1 - which implies a vol.2 is on the horizon. To be honest, I think an EP would have been well enough.
To wrap this up then, Fixin' the Charts Vol.1 comes across as a whole album worth of one-off singles from movie soundtracks sung by Hugh Grant. It's funny for a little while, but there's no real substance, and the whole thing feels very throwaway. I hope for the sake of Everybody was in the French Resistance.Now! that this is just a hipster joke that has gone well over my head. But well done for trying, guys.