Album Review: The Mighty Mighty BossToneS – When God Was Great

The Mighty Mighty BossToneS have been releasing albums for what feels like donkeys years now, and they’re back again with another full-length release, this time titled When God Was Great. Fans of the band should know what to expect by now but I found myself very interested to hear what this new album would be like, especially considering that this is their first release for Hellcat Records.

By Jane Howkins

Let’s be honest – The Mighty Mighty BossToneS haven’t changed their sound too much over the years, with each album release containing a similar ska-punk sound to it. Then again, fans probably aren’t expecting many changes this far down the line, so whilst the songs on When God Was Great do sound a little similar at times, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The energy is still here and the band clearly still have a knack for writing catchy ska songs, so existing fans will find a lot to love here.

One of my favourite songs was the title track, which evokes a feeling of nostalgia when listening to it – the lyrics see The Mighty Mighty BossToneS looking to the past, and it has a slightly slower feel to it. There’s also a fantastic cover of Creedance Clearwater Revival’s Long As I Can See The Light – again, this has more of a slowed down reggae feel to it, but it sounds fantastic all the same.

The closing song, The Final Parade, changes things up a little more. The track is 8 minutes long and features many old hands from the punk scene, including Tim Armstrong (who also co-produced the album), John Feldman (Goldfinger) and John Burns (Stiff Little Fingers), amongst others. The song runs through the history of The Mighty Mighty BossToneS as well as the history of ska music, making for a very interesting listen. I just hope this isn’t a sign that the band are going to break up in the near future!

When God Was Great is a cracking release and the move to Hellcat Records has obviously been a positive one for The Mighty Mighty BossToneS. Whilst a lot of the tracks here do retain the popular ska-punk sound that the band have become known for, there is enough to make the album stand out from the crowd, and it’s good to hear them trying something a little different – hopefully this won’t be their last release!