When I received a message about a new album from Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso, I have to admit I was excited to hear it. I knew to some degree what to expect since I was familiar with the band's previous album Rise of the Pink Flamingos. Namely, I expected an album that was part calypso, part ska, part rock, and all fun. Loyal reader, I was not disappointed.
The first laughs came in the third song "Dream Vacation." OK, so the subject matter of a stalker isn't necessarily funny, but the story is so ludicrous that you can't help but laugh. Plus, it has a catchy island beat, so even if the narrator of this song is terribly misguided, you can't help but move to this song.
My favorite song on this album is "Responsible Adult." This is basically for every person who has ever felt trapped in suburbia or some boring job. It basically echoes the sentiment of "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" in which an adult realizes that being an adult isn't really all it's cracked up to be.
Another great song is the honky tonk goodness of "Ode to the Men's Room Stall." Now, any guy who has ever been in a public restroom has seen all the graffiti mentioned in this song, but how many have written a song about it? Whenever I play this album, I have to hear this song more than once.
Johnny Cakes is a great band just because it incorporates so many different influences into its music. How many bands do you know that you could classify as acoustic-calypso-ska-metal-country-comedy? OK, so it's a bit of a mouthful, but the band really does incorporate all of those facets into its music. If you want an album that is just fun, pick up this album next week.