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Wednesday, January 19 2011 00:00

THE AQUABATS! | HI-FIVE SOUP! (Album Review)

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145coverThose high-flying superheroes from Aquabania are back. Indeed, the legend is true, THE AQUABATS! have returned with a new album called HI-FIVE SOUP!, released this week via Fearless Records. So what's new from the 'Bats? Well, they've added Auto-Tune to their sonic arsenal...

Other than that, there's not much "new" to be had on HI-FIVE SOUP!, and this is one of those cases where that's just fine.

THE AQUABATS have made a career on creating instantly identifiable songs that are quirky, fun, and allow a vast amount of audience participation when played live. Simplistic in nature, many of the 'Bats songs tell a story, or drive home why something is good or bad. That said, it's easy to see how The MC Bat Commander (aka Christian Jacobs) spun off to co-create the runaway children's sensation, YO GABBA GABBA! If my own daughter is any indication, kids love THE AQUABATS! Being the first album from the band that my munchkin has heard, I will soon revisit the archives to play her some 'Bats of old.

Songs like "The Shark Fighter!," "The Legend is True!," "Pink Pants!," and "Food Fight on the Moon!" are classic 'Bats, while "Radio Down!" features an appearance by rapper BIZ MARKIE, and the aforementioned auto-tune pops up on "BFF!"

HI-FIVE SOUP! doesn't surpass THE AQUABATS!' 2004 album MYTHS, LEGENDS, AND OTHER AMAZING ADVENTURES VOL. 2, as my favorite, but it's still a tasty little treat. Above all, it's nice sometimes to find an album that daddy and baby can rock along with together.

Rating: 4/5

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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