Fat Mike pretty much summed it up when he said “We’ve got a new album out… it’s pretty much like all our other albums… It’s maybe our third best.” at the NOFX concert Monday night.
Actually, it’s not exactly like all their other albums: The whole package is significantly more political than normal for NOFX. And that’s a good thing. From the album art, to the quip that “Somewhere in Texas there is a village without its Idiot,” to songs like Franco Un-American and American Errorist and The Idiots are Taking Over, to the bonus video of “The Idiot Son of an Asshole” on the CD-ROM and the trailer for the documentary “Unprecedented” about the 2000 Presidential Election, to the essay talking about all of this in the liner notes, Errorism has plenty of political commentary to go around. Sure, maybe it’s a little over the top, but so’s the President, so maybe it’ll balance out.
Right off the bat, pretty much every track is listenable, which is more than I can say for some other NOFX albums. Some of it feels a little like Ska (which the essay in the liner notes admits to), while the rest of it sounds like modern NOFX. There’s nothing new here: There are no real departures from the last several albums, and the lyrics wear their meaning right on their faces, but I really don’t mind. The whole album flows very well, with transitions between plenty of good songs and no terrible songs.
In addition to the overall solid track mix, the CD has some enjoyable bonus features. There’s a video of Franco Un-American, and a bonus track/video of the band performing “The Idiot Son of an Asshole” (which is a great song I wish had been directly on the CD), a trailer for a documentary about the 2000 election, and a pretty poorly performed introduction to all of that by Fat Mike and Erik Melvin. Anyway, I felt like they actually enhanced the value of the whole package.
If you’re a fan of NOFX, you should absolutely buy this album (if you haven’t already). If you’re new to NOFX, this album would be a very good place to start: there’s nothing that’s going to make your ears bleed. Better still, the record was released on Fat Wreck Chords, so you shouldn’t feel at all bad about buying it. If you’re still uncertain, you could pick up the Regaining Unconsciousness EP, which has three of the best tracks off the album (Medio-Core, The Idiots are Taking Over, and Franco Un-American) plus a bonus b-side and an amusing commercial for the album. Or you could get both, and support Fat Wreck twice. =) I give it a 4 out of 5.