Album Review: CF98 - 'This Is Fine'
Poland Skate/Pop punk darlings CF98 release their fourth high-octane and charismatic effort, This Is Fine.
For the past 18 years, CF98 have brought infectiously melodic punk rock vitality to the scene. Infusing roots of skatepunk with undeniably massive amounts of passion and energy, Poland's finest interfusion of pop punk and skate punk kicks off with the release of their new album, This is Fine. For the past three albums, CF98 has audaciously pulled from these influences, shaping the instrumentally catchy and nostalgically positive sound that is the bread and butter of their fourth release, This is Fine via SBÄM Records.
"Other gems that come surging through on This Is Fine are "Love Is Never Wrong," "Sad But True," and "Fuck You," which bring out the more canorous elements that amplify the aggressive tendencies that have matured within the band over the years.
This Is Fine starts with a high-octane first track, "Double Sunrise." Filled with yesteryear skate punk charm and melodically striking vocals, it's a perfect start to the rest of the 13 moments that charge through the record.
The most impressive aspect about This Is Fine is how hefty the record is, but each experience leaves you wanting more. Songs such as "She Doesn't Like," "Catastrophist," and "Clever," display a vast exploration of vocal control with a powerful instrumental cadence sewn into a skate/pop-punk auditory dream.
Other gems that come surging through on This Is Fine are "Love Is Never Wrong," "Sad But True," and "Fuck You," which bring out the more canorous elements that amplify the aggressive tendencies that have matured within the band over the years.
The album ends with "Get Old Nicely" and "One Day At A Time." Keeping the intensity at an all-time high for the lengthy duration of the album while still keeping in tandem with lyrical continuity, This Is Fine concludes on a lively note. It's hard not to be amazed at the sheer extent, time, and creativity that went into This Is Fine. On the surface, it's a gorgeous composition of traditional pop-punk at its finest. When you dig deeper, it's much more than just a superbly done instrumental and vocal effort by the Poland-based natives. This Is Fine has all the vivacity and charisma of skatepunk efforts of old but retains the emotional weight and staying power of a contemporary record. While the band has been going strong for 18 years, This Is Fine proves they still have it in them to go for more.