Flobots - Survival Story: A Rap-Rock Album with a Political Message
Flobots are a hip-hop group from Denver, Colorado, that combine rap lyrics with rock instrumentation and orchestral elements. Their second studio album, Survival Story, was released in 2010 and featured guest appearances by Tim McIlrath of Rise Against and Matt Morris of Justin Timberlake's Tennman Records. The album was produced by Mario Caldato Jr., who has worked with Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson and Beck.
Survival Story is a concept album that explores themes of social justice, environmentalism, war and peace, and personal empowerment. The album's title refers to the idea that everyone has a survival story to tell, whether it is about overcoming oppression, violence, poverty or personal struggles. The album also challenges listeners to take action and make positive changes in the world.
The album's lead single, \"White Flag Warrior\", is a collaboration with Tim McIlrath that criticizes the US involvement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The song urges people to resist the propaganda and lies that justify war and violence, and to raise a white flag as a symbol of peace and surrender. The song also features a sample of John Lennon's \"Give Peace a Chance\".
Other songs on the album include \"The Effect\", which addresses the impact of media and technology on society; \"Defend Atlantis\", which warns of the dangers of climate change and environmental degradation; \"Airplane Mode\", which encourages people to disconnect from their devices and reconnect with themselves and others; \"Good Soldier\", which tells the story of a soldier who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder; and \"Panacea for the Poison\", which celebrates the power of music as a healing force.
Survival Story received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the group's musical diversity and political message, but also criticized their lack of originality and lyrical depth. The album peaked at number 44 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 50,000 copies in the US. The album is available for download as a zip file from various online sources.
Survival Story also received mixed reactions from fans and critics, who had different opinions on the group's musical direction and lyrical content. Some praised the album for its diversity, creativity and message, while others criticized it for its lack of originality, depth and coherence. Some felt that the album was too heavy on the rock side, while others appreciated the balance between rap and rock. Some found the lyrics to be inspiring, insightful and relevant, while others found them to be preachy, vague and repetitive.
Despite the mixed reviews, Survival Story showcases Flobots' unique style and vision, as well as their musical skills and talents. The album features some of the group's best songs, such as \"The Effect\", \"White Flag Warrior\", \"Good Soldier\" and \"Panacea for the Poison\". The album also demonstrates the group's ability to experiment with different sounds and genres, such as folk, pop, soul and reggae. The album is a rap-rock album with a political message, but it is also a survival story of a group that refuses to conform to the mainstream and strives to make a difference in the world. ec8f644aee