Every song within "Life Sucks…Let’s Dance" would be fit for an episode of "Phineas and Ferb." This isn’t a bad thing, "Phineas and Ferb" made some kickass Music. Yet, "Life Sucks…Let’s Dance" shares a sense of humor with "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy." Those who don’t know a thing about "Phineas and Ferb" or "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" obviously have no idea what I’m talking so in the simplest terms, "Life Sucks…Let’s Dance" is absurdly fun.

The 90s

Reel Big Fish is stuck in the 1990s, no matter what one thinks about the quality of the music that emerged from the 90s they will always agree that Reel Big Fish sounds like the 90s.

Reel Big Fish is a ska-core band, ska-core is a sub-genre where ska fused punk together. This sub-genre peaked, in popularity, in the 90s. Reel Big Fish has someone how carved a seemingly successful career out of ska music and taking the piss. Seriously Reel Big Fish release their music through Piss Off Publishing.

The Sound

That being the fact Reel Big Fish have retained anything resembling relevance is a testament to their ability to make entertaining music. To anyone who is unfamiliar with Reel Big Fish, they don’t take themselves seriously at all. Every song they’ve ever made can be described as goofy. Reel Big Fish is truly on the border between being a comedy band and being a serious band.

"Life Sucks…Let’s Dance" is no exception to this trend. It's an album which has song titles such as; Another Beer Song, Bob Marley’s Toe, Bleached Thang Baby, and the track the album is named after. This is not to say that this is one of funniest albums you’ll ever hear, but the album has a good sense of humor and is ultimately a fun listen.

"Life Sucks…Let’s Dance" has a nice sound that's easy to get into and is generally appealing to active or passive listeners. Sonically the album and Reel Big Fish, in general, is simplistic but full of sound. Some may also find the songs themselves repetitive, but not repetitive in a negative sense, just in an observational sense.

The songs on the album feel like they belong together sharing a common vibe, ironically blissful. Their sound is based entirely around horns blended in with punk rock instruments and rhythms. Reel Big Fish simultaneously plays ska at it’s hardest and punk at it’s softest.


This is an album fit for any music nerd, it’s not a classic but this cartoonish work could become a personal favorite to some or underrated album many others. Or maybe I am simply delusional having too big of nostalgia boner for the 1990s.

Rating: 9.3/10