Two years ago, Five Iron Frenzy launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new record, and it was wildly successful. It allowed for Five Iron to deliver their first new studio album in 10 years; it may have been a torturous wait for some, but Engine of a Million Plots is finally here. Worth the wait, the record is such a great fresh breath of air. Some of the tracks feel like they could be a part of a movie soundtrack (“We Own the Skies,” “I Am Jack’s Smirking Revenge”).
There are great pop sensibilities, married perfectly with great traditional reggaeton ska, like on the track “Someone Else’s Problem.” Engine of a Million Plots comes close to songwriting perfection; Reese Roper is a master lyricist, and along with bandmates Scott Kerr and Dennis Culp, the band has written some of the best lyrics I have heard all year. If you are looking for something different than the waterfall of forgotten pop tracks, Engine of a Million Plots is a record you should listen to. If you’re going to make a comeback after a decade, Engine of a Million Plots is the way to do it.