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3 Out Of 4 Ain’t Bad!
Artist: FM Static
Label: Tooth & Nail Records
Release Date: November 22, 2010
Disc 1 -What Are You Waiting For  11 tracks, 40:00
Disc 2 - Critically Ashamed  12 tracks, 38:06
Disc 3 - Dear Diary 10 tracks, 32:28

FM Static is the California punk pop rock offspring of Thousand Foot Krutch singer Trevor McNevan and drummer Steve Augustine. _3 Out Of 4 Ain’t Bad!_ is an anthology containing FM Static’s first three albums in their entirety, plowing the road for an upcoming fourth release.

The FM Static anthology provides the tale of today’s teenagers, done in power punk  and low lying anthems. Lyrics portray youth’s relationships, experiences, and emotions of growing up in the world today. Listening to this collection in the order the LPs were released follows youthful life experiences from high school to college age with all the highs and lows that come with these times. Stories are filled with wonder, doubt, love, and loss against a backdrop of Christian faith.

In succession, the set is comprised of 
What Are You Waiting For? (2003), songs keying the success of FM Static include “ Crazy Mary” and “Hey Now (What are You Waiting For?”).
Critically Ashamed (2006), “Six Candles” and “Nice Piece of Art” highlight. 
Dear Diary (2009), teen anthems “The Unavoidable Battle of  Feeling on the Outside” and “Take Me as I Am” set the mark high for FM Static’s fourth release.

For the uninitiated or veteran, this anthology provides the story of teen angst in current American culture, as well told and colorful as it comes.  Well worth more than a brief listen, the trio of albums paints a spot-on picture of youth with a story ranging from brokenness with residual sadness, to the confusion and fun of youth.

SS Mertens

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