Album Reviews

Invisible Inc. – Fine Print (2018)

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The reunion most people are talking back is The Smashing Pumpkins or Tool finally recording their next album (granted that is something to be excited about), but one you may have missed is Invisible Inc‘s made up of Watsky, Adam Vida, Daniel Riera and Max Daniel it is the bands third album since 2001.

The Opposition is a rallying song that centers around the shout of ‘The Opposition’ as you can probably figure out this is politically charged and the state media/news is a central theme. There is a references to the infamous ‘locker room talk’ line from the President that’s well worked without sounding cliche, indirect references like this are a way in which rappers/hip-hop/R&B artists intelligently write their lyrics and if done well allow them to link the lines together, this is done all throughout Fine Print it is a large reason for it being so enjoyably rewarding.

Wow! You Will Love It! and Shady (Interlude) are under a minute and not really needed as the first of those two is just Watsky rapping fast/oddly and an electronic modulator that follows him rising and fall, quickening and slowing when he does, but these are a couple minuscule gripes.

Where the music really pops is a bit on the odd side but highly enjoyable because of it is Safe Spaceshipadmittedly the intro wasn’t my favourite but as the song went on I really started to enjoy the joyous intergalactic voyage that this Safe Spaceship is going on. This is a nice lighter, eccentric, point on the album as a large percentage is politically aimed or points out flaws and troubles of modern life; it just shows that the band can make a very upbeat, free going music.

Backing this up is Battle this, the effectiveness of synth modified vocals plus what some mixing can do. The robotic voice to ‘take this outside’ is real hooky. Plus the fact that Pokemon makes an appearance Battle gets extra points for me.

Those Were the Days is a satirical, stab in the chest to anyone who thinks that modern society is awful by cleverly harping back to,

‘When we had parades
For Thanksgiving, not for gays
Guys like us we had it made (had it made)
Those were the days’

Or

‘Had separate but equal rights, we even had our own toilets,
For colored people and whites ’til Civil Rights came and spoiled it’.

Those Were the Days is a major highlight it is very funny but poignant pointing out that contemporary times are good compared to the times called back to in the lyrics. Adam Vida and Watsky’s chemistry is easy to hear as they are up to and beyond this point on the album, bouncing off one another with ease, the features from Gift of Gab on They Warned Us and Gavlyn features on Don Quixote, both adding their own distinctive flows.

Ragdoll brings to the forefront that this is a band project with it predominantly featuring guitar (The Opposition is the other song with a lead guitar), great drumming which the song is elevated by. It is sort of unfair to single out Ragdoll as the music throughout be it bass, guitar and drums, piano, synths and electronic gizmos is a valuable element to the freshness of Fine Point.

Penultimate song Never Let It Out of My Mind has a very catchy chorus line (plus constant piano melody backs this up) and plan melody that runs under the track for its majority. The words recalls a former friend/someone close who took their life even though they were loved, these feelings are still there with those who knew the person and it will never leave their mind heartfelt lyrics standing out here.

Fine Print is an inventive and engaging album that blends a number of musical styles with some really well written lyrics, some of the bars are venomous jibes at the state of the U.S. and society as a whole, others are dry sarcastic and damn hilarious. This album is a great find certainly worth your time, and has taken a good amount of mine.

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