Immediately upon hearing the first track, it’s apparent that Five Iron Frenzy, as musicians, have greatly improved (and Reese has improved his vocals, too). Even though this album actually doesn’t contain any technical fan favorites (although “Far, Far Away” and “Spartan” come quite close), it’s still worth getting because the musical quality of the album is simply great.
…Electric Boogaloo starts off with “Pre-Ex-Girlfriend”, the lyrics of which pretty much sound like what you’d expect from the track’s title.
“Far, Far Away” is a great song, inspired by “Come The Day” by the Seekers.
“You Can’t Handle This” is a bit strange (and quite sarcastic).
“Farsighted” is another great, energy-filled, rocking song that encourages people with hopes and dreams.
In “Spartan”, Reese begs to be opened up to love, and to not close it off anymore.
“The Day We Killed” is a very heavy and cutting criticism of the battle of Wounded Knee. It also includes a reading from the book “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee” by Dee Brown.
“Plan B” is very sarcastic; it’s a criticism of people who give up and don’t even try to do anything with their lives.
“Blue Mix” warns people to watch bands (and listen to their lyrics) carefully, including Five Iron themselves, to make sure that they aren’t doing it only for fame and money and that they actually do care; and also to make sure that they aren’t leading you somewhere you don’t want to go.
“Vultures” is another fairly sarcastic song; this one criticizes those who have lots of financial ‘success’ but are really living empty lives.
“Car” is a memorial/tribute for Carlos Ortega, the song being written by bandmember Leanor Ortega.
And the fitting closer track “Eulogy” is very metaphorical— speaking of wanting the old broken ways to die. (And, surprisingly , there are no hidden tracks.)
In all, Five Iron Frenzy 2: Electric Boogaloo is a great FIF album.