- LP Record (April 23 1991)
- Format: Import
- Label: Sony
- ASIN: B00008FRSA
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
|1. Fight the Youth|
|2. If I Were A...I'd|
|3. So Many Millions|
|6. Death March|
|7. Behavior Control Technician|
|8. If I Were A...I'd|
|10. Junkies Prayer|
|11. Pray to the Junkiemaker|
|12. Everyday Sunshine|
|13. If I Were A...I'd|
|14. Naz-Tee May'en|
|16. If I Were A...I'd|
|17. Those Days Are Gone|
|18. Sunless Saturday|
The band pulled off an incredibly polished CD with high production values. Previous albums such as In your Face and Truth and Soul, were somewhat bare bones but also were much more playful seeming to mix their crazy kinetic dancy moments with a few political playful messages. However, with Reality of my Surroundings the band cranked everything up to a huge level, and made some of their most anthemic and powerful music to date.
In one word this album is 'anthemic'
The album starts off with the crunching anthemic funk of Fight The Youth, a song that aches and screams about a generation lost and that needs to be saved. The combination of funk groove and metal crunch was nothing like I heard of in my life, and I am sure on your first listen you will be blown away.
But the albums other great anthems in songs like 'So Many millions', 'Sunless Saturday', 'Prayer To The Junkie Maker', and 'Behavior Control Technician' are not all that is left. You have the ska antics and fun of 'Housework' a little fun ditty cooked up by Angelo about a kid who complains about the chores his mom berates him to do. You have the fun groove jam of a song like 'Nastyee-Mahyen' with it's club pumping romp feel, and then you have the GLORIOUS gospel sounding 'Everyday Sunshine', what has to be one of the most spiritual climaxtic songs on the entire album.
The album is filled with political-social, messages and also it maintains to keep the fun side of the band as well.Read more ›
Never the less, this was 1 of the tightest albums of that time period. It gives the Chili Peppers and Nirvana and Primus and Metallica a run 4 their $$$. Song like SO MANY MILLIONS, SUNLESS SATURDAY, and EVERYDAY SUNSHINE really helped me get thru some mess in my early 20's. And when I was really trippin off some stuff there was PRESSURE and BEHAVIOR CONTROL TECH.
This album is defin8ly a classic. 2 bad it is little remebered. A MUST HAVE!!!
Nearly every track here is strong and their energy and eclecticism reached its apex on this album. The horns are well up in the mix bringing the best out of each track whether it's the soulful pop of "Everyday Sunshine" and "Naz-Tee May'en", or the heavy rock of "Fight The Youth" and "Behavior Control Technician". The slower trance like numbers "Babyhead" and "Those Days Were Gone" are also strong tracks. There is also some excellent ska here with tracks like "Housework" and the hyperactive "Pressure". Their humor is intact on the four-part "If I Were A...I'd" and the anti-drug track "Junkies Prayer", sometimes biting but not as raunchy as it would become on later albums. "Sunless Saturday" may be the strongest track, beginning with an acoustic guitar before going into its chugging riff which carries the track, then fading out before an emotional trumpet solo ends the album. This is an excellent album. Highly recommended to fans of the soulful hard rock of Living Colour and fans of the energetic ska bands from the '90s. Truth And Soul is also a great album by these guys.