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  • Summary: Drugs, murder, and abusive relationships are some of the dark subjects of the second full-length release from the British band.
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Whitest Boy on the Beach
Who's the whitest boy on the beach now, Who's the whitest boy? Who's the whitest boy on the beach now, Who's the whitest boy? Is it I? Is it I? Is it... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. 85
    Their music is an extension of themselves, pure id, and that’s what makes them so enthralling. This is the sound of a death-or-glory headlong charge.
  2. Jan 20, 2016
    Studiously crafted and meticulously executed from start to finish, if any doubts remained as to whether Fat White Family were the most important rock and roll band of their generation, this should put a lid on it once and for all. For Songs for Our Mothers is of a rare breed of record that's both of its time yet timeless in nature.
  3. 70
    Creepy and disturbing, but it’ll still make their mothers proud.
  4. Q Magazine
    Jan 19, 2016
    The unruly palette endures throughout, with dirges, ersatz country and cracked pop variously suggesting Clinic, Throbbing Gristle and Blackpool cults Ceramic Hobs. Lyrically, trigger warnings may be necessary. [Feb 2016, p.110]
  5. Jan 25, 2016
    What they’re trying to say isn’t always clear--are they sixth-form shock merchants or more profound?--but the five-piece most impress at their least confrontational.
  6. Feb 3, 2016
    Songs for Our Mothers indicates Fat White Family still want to annoy you, but they're only going to put real effort into it for so long.
  7. Jan 21, 2016
    They claim to be writing about politics, death and sex on this record, but Songs For Our Mothers offers so little that’s actually new. There’s no light to shine, no tales to be told and no ground to be broken. Nothing to see here.

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