Not required in this day and age
Its never a great thing for an album to start off like the theme tune from Seinfeld. Sure, it was a funny show, although not a patch on Curb Your Enthusiasm for this writer but as a musical influence. Probably best to avoid the fact that the loose bass is probably better suited to late 70s porn than a modern album but thats what Resin Dogs kick off with. The thing is, by the time the song proper gets going, the tired and lazy rapping makes you wish that there was something of a novelty nature kicking off. As it stands, its a rather weak and insipid hybrid of 90s bad rap and that shit acid-jazz feel popularized by acts like Brand New Heavies. It has to be said, they were bad enough at the time and there is genuinely no need to have a modern band trying to replicate that image. In their minds, Resin Dogs will no doubt be thinking they can replicate the commercial cross-over success of the Black Eyed Peas and whilst their success is still baffling to anyone who has musical taste, they are still a million light years ahead of this offering.
This album was released in Australia in 2007 and the delay in it reaching European shores is indicative of the lack of demand for it. With the internet, music can reach all around the world instantaneously and a success in a country (which has to be said shares many cultural points as well as a language) is likely to be transferred quickly. Its hard to think of any track on this record which people would have written to their local MP for to have delivered to UK shores for the enjoyment of the masses. We gave the Aussies AC/DC and the Bee Gees (who in their early days were very good) and this is the sort of tosh we get back? Kylie, Natalie Imbruglia, Holly Vallance and Delta Goodrem are all very well and have their place but this lazy and tired sprawl is unlikely to appeal to too many people.
‘Fat Cap’ is a bit better than most of the stuff on show, it has an angrier edge and a musical backing closer to Usher than more inspid r’n’b, which is at least a step in the right direction but its few and far between. In a day and age when we have Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip rewriting the rule-book of what modern and commercial hip hop can be, this is a backward step that doesn’t have to be taken.