By: Johnny Foreigner (2014, Rock). More albums from Johnny Foreigner: Vs Everything by Johnny Foreigner. Mono No Aware by Johnny Foreigner. Grace And The Bigger Picture by Johnny Foreigner. Waited Up ‘Til It Was Light by Johnny Foreigner. View all albums . You Can Do Better. By: Johnny Foreigner (2014, Rock).
Johnny Foreigner are, thankfully, still showing no desire to slow down. 60. Many of the songs on this fourth LP begin promisingly enough, but some lose their way when frontman Alexei Barrow and bassist Kelly Southern pitch in with mildly hysterical vocals, the clashing combination descending into a shouty mess.
If you’ve never heard of Johnny Foreigner before and consider yourself a fan of DIY indie rock/punk, you’ve been missing out. This trio (now quartet) has been offering some very high-quality contributions for several years now, complete with a dual male & female vocalist attack, tight drumming, and offering a unique blend of different genres (a dash of noise, a touch of experimental, with a strong pop current underneath it all). Whether it’s trying too hard to come up with something unique and different, or just a lack of good ideas all around, You Can Do Better is very spotty from the midpoint and onward.
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You Can Do Better is still the JoFo you might know and love, and for anyone coming to it fresh it actually provides a fantastic gate-way album, with fairly obvious retro sensibilities but an energy, enthusiasm and self-confidence that keeps it feeling relevant and modern.