Five Iron Frenzy threw in the towel November 22, 2003. However, lead singer Reese Roper is back with a new band called just that, Roper. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect with this album, since it would have Reese, but no horns to have the ska sound FIF created. For a debut album, this album was great from beginning to end.
The album, titled Brace Yourself For The Mediocre, starts out with Hello Lamewads”. This has your typical Reese Rope witty joke lyrics. Musically It’s a very fun song to listen to and has a pop/punk sound to it. There is also a keyboard synthesizer to add a new element of fun. A song that really stuck out was “Amplify” which talks about how we are meant to stand up for what we believe in God. Then here is where Bowling for Soup is put to shame! Track 7 titled “1985” is a very fun song to listen to with a face beat that makes you wanna jump for joy. This album also has a more serious song which is “How Your Halo Fell”. We get to see Reese’s great writing abilities here. “Day of Pigs” is the fastest song on this album. Talking as far as i could tell about keeping God Holy and not letting him just be something of this world. Along with 12 originals Roper has done a cover of the Shania Twain hit “You’re Still the One”. Not only does it have the funniest intro ever they were able to redo the song not butcher it but kick it up a notch and make it fun to listen to. It has somewhat of a MxPx sound at times.
All in all 13 songs including one cover and all of them are great! Even if you were not a huge fan of FIF I highly suggest buying this album if you enjoy pop/punk stuff such as Relient K etc. Overall this album gets a 10 its fantastic.”