Our Newest Album Ever!
is the second full-length studio album released by the band Five Iron Frenzy
. Its street date was November 11, 1997 on Five Minute Walk
, under the SaraBellum imprint, with distribution from Warner Bros. Records
. This album is considered by many to be the band's greatest effort, with "Every New Day" closing many of their live shows.
Musically, the band set out to differentiate itself from other third wave ska
groups, an effort that was met with mixed results. An Allmusic
reviewer found that the band's approach was "status quo," pointing out that the sound of "Handbook for the Sellout" was similar to Reel Big Fish
's "Sell Out
." Another reviewer found that the artwork (which was produced by Douglas TenNapel
) and production were superior to the masses of ska bands that had begun to flood the market. In any event, the music is an evolution from the sound found on the group's debut
, moving toward a less-punkish
feel and incorporating more intricate horn arrangements.
While the album contains a number of references to pop culture
items, it uses them to make serious points about society and Christianity. One reviewer compares the effect to the lyrics of Steve Taylor
, commenting that Five Iron Frenzy should be known as "the... Read More