Fist of God
- Reviewed by John Price
- Published on December 15th, 2010 at 3:32p.m.
First things first, this album sounds quite different from their debut album The Looks. This is what, I think, caused it to be rated so averagely by reviewers (according to Metacritic at least). Whatever the reason for the average score, I have to say that I personally like it. It still has their distinct electro style. It still has the guitars. It still sounds quite poppy. They've managed to get several guest vocalists for the majority of the songs too. Lil' Mo, N.O.R.E., Isis, John Legend, Jahmal, E-40, Ghostface Killah, and Freeway. In fact only three songs have no guest vocalists (and they don't have any vocals either).
I would have to say that there aren't really any standout tracks on this album. Maybe it's the difficult second album syndrome that's making me think this. I thought that The Looks had a lot of standout tracks (especially The Looks, Paris and She's Good For Business). That's not to say that there aren't any good tracks on the album - It Ain't Love (featuring Lil' Mo), Bounce (featuring NORE & ISIS), Fist of God and Heartbreaker (featuring John Legend) all spring to mind - all familiar MSTRKRFT pianoey-synth-guitar-pop. On the flip side, there are no outstandingly bad tracks on the album. Even the 'filler' style tracks don't sound that bad on their own, especially the fast paced guitar-heavy 1,000 Cigarettes.
Fist of God as a whole is classic MSTRFRFT. Sounds familiar to anybody who's listened to their first album, but featuring more vocal-driven tracks. The vocals are all well suited to the songs they're featured in, not distracting from any of the songs. All that said, I still prefer The Looks...