The album opens with the hysterical "Bid vir my", featuring the classic line "F** jou / F** jou / Ek f**kin weet ek is verkeerd". Yes, Parental Guidance is advised and Grandma doesn't want it for Christmas. Because even if Grandma doesn't understand a word (one word in particular), this is music for partying, driving too fast, and generally being young.
F****polisiekar (or "Polisiekar" as the Radio Stations so ironically call them) are loud and unrelentingly rock boys - think long grandiose phrases shouted in melodious nu-metal vocals, over lashings of metal guitar and driving drums.
But as rebellious as their name is, and as much as they vloek their way through song after song, F****polisiekar can't seem to avoid sounding loveable and sulky, rather than scary and rebellious. (At least to me... they certainly have been successful in getting the verkrampte crowd in into a bit of a state, with some even calling them "verkragters" ("rapists") of Die Taal. Which is not quite fair.)
See, they're punk - but also deeply suburban, rebels against the flawed status quo. Their middle class sincerity makes their rebellious posturing seem unintentionally amusing now and again. Their tendency to occasionally give up caring and throw a bit of a tantrum doesn't help their chances of being taken seriously as political prophets.
Luckily they do tantrums quite well, attacking most people's wilful ignorance (and perhaps their own too) on "Die Grootste Gaping". "Ons is leeg / want ons will wees". It's music that makes being angry really FUN.
That's the good stuff. It's not all so good. Now and again F***fpolisiekar are awkwardly, rather than charmingly, self indulgent, and wordy rather than lyrical. I'm not sure the words "emotionele progressie" should ever be used in a song. Ditto phrases like "Ons het ons konneksie met mekaar verloor" (on the socially-conscious "Leegle Drome Droom".) Nice sentiment but no, boys, not such klanky words!
All is forgiven, however, when they show their sensitive side on the beautifully melodic (possibly ironic) closing ballad "Tiny Town" - "Soet slaap sonder sonde vanaand" - coming to grips, and almost to peace with their pissed off persona.
- Jean Barker
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