It's hard not to smile when you listen to the new Bowling for Soup album. Bowling for Soup's "The Great Burrito Extortion Case" is the band's follow up to their highly succesful "A Hangover You Don't Deserve", and while hangover will undoubtedly be the more popular album of the two- burrito is twice as good. The music is generally better all the way around; the funny songs are funnier and the emotional songs come off more sincere. I don't think there's ever been a band quite like Bowling for Soup. They're witty, they're funny, they make great music, and they're sincere. There's not a band out right now that can fuse comedy and good music together better than Bowling for Soup. Yes Tenacious D is awesome and Jack Black is a great guitar player- but I don't think you can take them that seriously.
"The Great Burrito Extortion Case" has a little more pop to it than previous releases. Don't let the funny content of "I'm Gay" or "A Friendly Goodbye" fool you, the lyrics are hilarious- but the best part of these songs are the intros. Some of the songs fall off from the great intros, but most of them stay the course and keep your feet tapping while you laugh at some of the lyrics. Speaking of the lyrics- I won't ruin it for you but some great songs with some hilarious lyrics- "A Friendly Goodbye", "I'm Gay" and "Val Kilmer." Listen to these- if you don't laugh at least once you're a robot. Arguably the best song on this album is the current single they're spinning- "When We Die" and there's not a funny line in it. And I think that's the best part of this CD, they'res this sincere and honest part of Bowling for Soup that we never knew existed. Granted the end of the album has eleven minutes of the band talking with a bunch of lalala's behind it.
"A Hangover You Don't Deserve" was the peak of this band's popularity, but the peak of their music has yet to come. They've grown on every album they've released and the amount of good songs in this band's catalog has tripled just due to the release of this album. If you want to enjoy yourself for an hour by listening to some great music accompanied by numerous laughs, this is the album for you.
Key Tracks: 1,2,3,4,6,11