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A bit of perspective
on January 5, 2008
Though I give it four stars, I also highly recommend NOT buying it.
It is ridiculous to give this collection of great Reel Big Fish songs one star as the rest of the reviewers so far has done. For those of you not familiar with the situation, the reason fans of the band hate this album is because Jive released it after parting ways with RBF, against RBF's wishes.
I do own this album and it is not _bad_. In fact, if no superior alternative existed, this would be a nice purchase. It's a solid collection of very good songs. However, the album Our Live Album is Better Than Your Live Album, an RBF-approved collection not released by Jive, is vastly superior, and one of my favorite albums ever. The only potential problem with that album is the gratuitous profanity. Otherwise, it's better in every way: more songs, better performances, more energy, funnier, and supportive of the band.
So unless you're shying away from profanity, Our Live Album... is the way to go. Still, giving this album one star is ridiculous. It's tautly written, highly catchy ska music. Overall, they made pretty good decisions on which songs to include, and the album is decently long. You could do worse.