Release Date: Dec 6, 2011
Record label: !K7
In the past two weeks since I first received my promotional copy of Johnny Foreigner vs. Everything, I’ve found it already weaving inextricably with the events of my day-to-day life. That sunshot walk to work. That half-remembered night out, the friends I spent it with, and the aftermath. That ….
A lengthy effort from JoFo, but it's well worth your time... Johnny Foreigner’s enviable talent is to capture an air of youthful exuberance potent enough to make even the most jaded old rocker feel like a teenager again. Lyrically, nostalgia, relationships and the power of music are high on the agenda. Although some of the quieter tracks can overstay their welcome, this is a well-structured album, hopping between these and frantic, uplifting songs that prove Johnny Foreigner have a firm handle on both melody and noise.
This Brummie trio’s relentless hard work has brought them (minor) cult status on the toilet circuit, so bravo for that. But is hard work really enough? What about excitement, sexiness, storming the boundaries? There’s none of it on this, the band’s third album. Sure, their emo-punk (‘[b]Electricity Vs The Dead[/b]’), directionless noise-pop (‘[b]Concret1[/b]’) and countless other guileless strains of Brit-rock are noble enough.