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Reggie and the Full Effect

Reggie and the Full Effect: Under The TrayUnder The Tray (2003)
Vagrant Records

Reviewer Rating: 2
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Contributed by: maverickScott
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Either you love Reggie and the Full Effect or you hate them. Plain and simple. For all the Reggie haters, this album will certainly not win you over to their side, but sadly, if you're a fan of the ridiculous side project, this album might be the last straw. See, "Greatest Hits 84-87" was great.
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Either you love Reggie and the Full Effect or you hate them. Plain and simple. For all the Reggie haters, this album will certainly not win you over to their side, but sadly, if you're a fan of the ridiculous side project, this album might be the last straw.

See, "Greatest Hits 84-87" was great. No, it was beyond great. It was a comedy album that took itself just seriously enough, crafting inexplicably simple songs about girls running away with hilarious sound bites to make an amazing disc that has yet to be repeated by any of the Reggie clones currently in existance, mostly because said clones don't seem to get the humor in it.

"Promotional Copy" was a bit of a turn for the worse, with an overabundance of skits taking over the CD. On the upside, the disc introduced two more of James Dewee's creations - 80's synth-pop star Fluxuation and Nordic metal band Common Denominator. While over the top, both were honestly really damn good.

So James has one amazing album under his belt, and one good album under his belt. So where does "Under The Tray" fall? Probably under the "painfully mediocre" file.

Out of the 17 tracks on this album, 9 are billed as actual Reggie songs [2 featuring Sean Ingram as Hungary Bear, and 1 featuring Andy from Hot Rod Circuit]. Fluxuation and Common Denominator both get a track on here as well, with the former's "MOOD 4 LUV" being a wonderful dance through 80's cheese-synth, where as the latter's "Linkin Verbs" is a terrible, terrible disappointment. It doesn't even warrant a chuckle from me.

The other 6 tracks are some of the soundbites that Reggie has been known for, but to be honest, they're not all that funny after the first listen or so. Each one of them kill any momentum the album has been carrying [which in most places isn't much momentum at all].

Dewees can still write a killer hook, though, as evidenced in "Congratulations Smack & Katy." The rest of the Reggie material on the album, however, is pretty weak. It was cute the first time around, and it was acceptable the second - now it's just getting annoying.

There's not much reason to purchase this album, especially if you have "Greatest Hits 84-87." It's the only one you really need. Sadly, if you've heard that one, you've heard them all, but just better.

MP3s
Congratulations Smack And Katy
Getting By With It's

Stream the entire album here.

 

 
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Anonymous (August 21, 2003)

"Greatest Hits" is one of my favorite albums. theres something about it that is more fun than the latter two. however, i think Under the Tray is better than Promotional Copy.

ForeverNothing (March 2, 2003)

REGGIE LIVES! "Under the Tray..." is just another amazing reflection of Reggie's humor and talent. In my opinion, it's right up there with "Greatest Hits '84-'87" and "Promotional Copy". James Dewees is an awesome guy; you can't help but love him and his music.

Anonymous (February 24, 2003)

I hate that some people are saying that it doesn't live up to "Greatest Hits" or "Promotional Copy" as if either one of those albums is some sort of masterpiece.
"Greatest Hits" get's damned annoying towards the end, and Promotional Copy has some worthless songs intersperced, including "Gloves" and "Matt Christine"
All 3 albums are virtually the same, the skits are the same goofball stuff. None of the skits on either album is funny, so get over it.

sickboi (February 22, 2003)

This score is for "More like Reggie and The Full "Eject" this from my CD player".....hi-larious.

Anonymous (February 22, 2003)

having an album where you skip half the tracks is utterly unnacceptable. albums are supposed to be written as albums, not filler with a few good songs.

Anonymous (February 21, 2003)

I have heard this album, and let me tell you, it sucks! I dont understand how any one can enjoy a such a piece of crap. What is with the jokes inbetween the few shitty music songs, its shit, and not funny, at all. My question to you is that why do you hate Blink 182 or those other pop-shit music becouse of there poor penis jokes, and then love this shit? It is crap, and it pisses me off, how this is enjoyed by you fruits.

love, AbC

Maybe if you had any reading comprehension skills, you would notice most people are pretty tired of the skits you fucking tool box.

Anonymous (February 20, 2003)

I have heard this album, and let me tell you, it sucks! I dont understand how any one can enjoy a such a piece of crap. What is with the jokes inbetween the few shitty music songs, its shit, and not funny, at all. My question to you is that why do you hate Blink 182 or those other pop-shit music becouse of there poor penis jokes, and then love this shit? It is crap, and it pisses me off, how this is enjoyed by you fruits.

love, AbC

Anonymous (February 20, 2003)

1.) I'll throw my support behind Scott. His opinions are well argued, even if I don't agree with him all the time (Hot Snakes fucking owns and I will NEVER EVER go to a Dashboard show). He's honest and doesn't seem to care what anyone else thinks cool (see aforementioned). He's ten times better than the "LAME POP PUNK/EMO BAND'S NEW ALBUM IS THE GREATEST SHIT EVER AND IF YOU DISAGREE THAN YOU SUCK" reviews that often plague this site. Listen up when the man speaks.

2.) "Congratulations Matt and Christine" is a different track than "Congratulations Smack and Katy". Both kick ass.

3.) The Happy Chickens fucking MADE the first album. I still roll on the floor whenever I hear that.

--Cos

Anonymous (February 20, 2003)

In some ways I agree with the review. I do thing Greatest hits was the best CD. Promotional copy was good and this one is not as good as either of them. But it is still a good album. Happy V Day is cool and Apocalypse WOW is bad ass. The drunk girls at the get up kids shows were disappointing but the album is good. What I want to know is: Where are the happy chickens? Come on!

abileneINlove (February 20, 2003)

More like Reggie and The Full "Eject" this from my CD player because I'm done listening to the 2 good songs.

Anonymous (February 20, 2003)

there's a Reggie and the Full Effect song called "Congratulations Matt and Christine" on Living Tomorrow Today. is this the same song (i'm assuming it is)? and why the name change?

Anonymous (February 20, 2003)

This score is for "Big Choice".

-sickboi

katie4213 (February 20, 2003)

scott is the shit. he has amazing music taste, and you people who are knocking him don't even know him. kudos to him for being honest in his review. would you rather he lie and tell you he loved it?? grow up.

maverick (February 20, 2003)

To the dumbass two posts below:

I don't like Vagrant? Since when?
1. Here's a list of everything Vagrant released last year that I reviewed, and the score I gave it:
Face To Face/Dropkick Murphys split CD - 3 stars
Hot Rod Circuit - Sorry About Tomorrow - 3 stars
Audio Learning Center - Friendships Often Fade Away - 4 stars
Face To Face - How To Ruin Everything - 2 1/2 stars
Get Up Kids - On A Wire - 3 1/2 stars
Viva Death - S/T - 1 1/2 stars
Now I don't know about you, but it seems like I rather enjoy most of Vagrant's output, minus anything Trever Keith-related.
2. I've given many Vagrant bands good live reviews in the past year - The Anniversary, Dashboard Confessional, and Hey Mercedes all come to mind.
3. Both the Anniversary's "Your Majesty" *and* the Get Up Kids' "On A Wire" made my Top 10 of 2002 list.

Now please tell me how I don't like Vagrant.

This album is boring and sub-par. That's the facts. Accept it.

-Scott

Anonymous (February 20, 2003)

scott likes bad music in general.

Anonymous (February 20, 2003)

NEWSFLASH

scotty boy doesn't like vagrant. therefore, all reviews are biased and crappy (not because he hates them, but really, the reviews are terribly written and borderline illiterate).

this has been proven time and time and time again...are people really getting pissed because he wrote the typical, monotonously predictable 'scott' review?

come on. all you'd have to do is lift "reggie and the full effect" and insert any other Vagrant band. give me someone with an actual opinion and maybe i'll care.

Anonymous (February 20, 2003)

hey look everyone wussemorock forgot to sign in below....Dignin

Anonymous (February 20, 2003)

holy s,i wrote that guy an email write away for such a bad review,then i scroll down and to my horror theres more of you,what in the $%$#$#,its one of the most creative albums,I AM SOOO ANGRY,i've been waitin for that album 4 like forever,where would u here music like that AHHHHHH! yeah i'm sure u %#$%@#%&&* like all american rejects or something simple like that %^$%^

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

Why don't they release EP's instead of the decent songs??

Because that would make sense.

Them releasing an EP instead of a CD is such a good idea. There's nothing wrong with having 9 songs on an EP considering how they are only 2 minutes anyway.

Damn you Reggie for letting me down.

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

Not as good as Greatest Hits, but stil an AMAZING album! WORTH THE MONEY!!

The_Killings (February 19, 2003)

Is it just me, or is this like a bad rerun of the last album? There are a coule good songs, but overall, it just seems like he took the last album and redid the songs. Blech.

eyeball_kid (February 19, 2003)

I meant instead WITH of course. duh.

eyeball_kid (February 19, 2003)

Why don't they release EP's instead of the decent songs?? Then respectability might rear its fairly attractive head.

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

Reggie lives!!..This album is great. The real songs are incredible and the skits are funny like the first two times. So take the good songs and be happy with them.

Happy V-day is the best song off the disc... so powerful and awesome.

-TIMMY!

opiated (February 19, 2003)

I like this CD . . . but only if I can skip through the stupid songs (like the FOOD one)... the songs where the band seems like they actually tried are really good.

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

Yeah, I have to disagree too. It isn't as good as the other too, for sure, but there's still some great stuff on there. And I thought that the skits were funny. So either you're expecting too much or I'm getting dumber, both of which are strong possibilities.

April Lapine

P.S. I am so punk it kills me.

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

i streamed this album awhile ago and found that it was painful to listen to the whole thing. the skits weren't even funny, and there were only about 2 or 3 good songs

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

Obviously it wasn't me that posted it twice.

-sickboi

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

These guys are dicks.

-A.C. Laroque

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

I have to disagree with the review.. I find this cd as good as the other two. Congradulation smack.... is one of the best songs i`ve heard period. Reggie is not a serious band and should not be taken seriously, it`s just guy having fun.But i dont get why people would like Promotional copy and not this one. Makes no sens.

-ejaculine

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

"MOOD 4 LUV" is freaking hot as hell.

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

sickboi, why did you feel the need to post the same comment twice?

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

Reggie can take his "Full Effect" elsewhere. These guys are the definition of overrated, worthless hype. Emo under the guise of pop-punk? I'll pass.

-sickboi

cookie cutter random comment.

kirbypuckett (February 19, 2003)

Everyone can just go to hell! Reggie & his Full Effect are the most beautiful thing ever to grace this fucked up earth.

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/~uw/
(I can't quit coughing.)

pope_schlomo (February 18, 2003)

I don't understand why James looks like a fuckin carnival ringmaster reject on the CD. Get Sean and bring back Coalesce. One more thing, the skits are getting too old.

Ramo
(You can call me Janet, Ms. Jackson if your nasty)

BostonMusicGuy (February 18, 2003)

Can anybody tell me what this cd is like. Ive heard a lot about Reggie and the Full Effect but I cant understand where they fall. Im assuming they are a lot like the other stuff on vagrant just funny. Can anybody clear this up for me. If its like every other Vagrant band I dont want to bother with them. If its not I might give them a shot.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

You know, I'm a big fan of Reggie but there is way too much shit on here, but shit I mean those worthless "Drunk Girl at Get Up Kids Show" skits.

I refuse to waste my money on this unless it's under $10.

When they actually start taking themselves seriously, they kick a lot of ass.

It's a shame that they don't.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

This album is awesome.
And the only serious song on the whole disc is "Megan 2K2" which is an amazing song.
Scott is a party pooper!

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

anyone know which song features andy jackson on the new reggie album?
thanks

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

This band was never overly impressive to me. Sort of funny, yeah. But never anything to soil my knickers over.

But i was too afraid to say it because their seemingly rabid fans would give me a hurt-up. And EVERYONE seems to be one of these fans.

- BITER

ElVaquero (February 18, 2003)

Music/Skit CD's should only belong to Deltron and MC Chris... but, at least they're doing something original for a side project. Not just any other band, even if they suck.

-El Vaquero

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

We all have the right to our opinion but this is Reggie and The Frickin Full effect. It's a joke, not a serious rock record. You took the fun out of the whole record and took it seriously. I mean James Dewees calls himself Paco and dresses in a wig and fake moustace.
Then you complain that it sounds just like his other records. If he would've done something completely different you would've complained about that too. I'm just tired of these reviewers whose record collection doesn't go past 1994 doing reviews that may distort people's opinions about something before kids can make their own opinion.
I'm not trying to say this is the greatest record ever but take it for what it is. James Dewees has a wacky imagination, if you want to take it seriously then maybe you should evaluate your musical tastes.

bruceless (February 18, 2003)

Of what band is this to the side of?

Scotty (February 18, 2003)

This album sucks. The other two are great. Too bad.

soulbleed (February 18, 2003)

this album isn't as good as 'promotional' .. but it's still a good time.

evilash (February 18, 2003)

pretty sweet review
wuss emo rock stop kissing scotts ass

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

pure crap!

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

I have to disagree with this review. I love this cd just as much as the previous two. It has everything you can expect from Reggie: heavy songs, 80s sounding songs, and everything inbetween. I'm sure soon enough I'll be skipping over the skits when I listen to this cd, but I do that with the other cds too. The skitsreally do not take away from the rest of the cd, which has great songs. Oh yeah and I thought Linkin Verbz was hilarious.

civperc (February 18, 2003)

best Reggie And The Full Effect song ever: Everything's OK

even that congratulations tune is weak. the lyrics are so bland I feel they've been recycled 10 times over and the band glued scraps back together for lines.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

"Congratulations Smack and Katy" is one amazing pop song. Pity the rest of the album doesn't follow. Shame
--Cos

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

Good review scott, I enjoyed it and I'm glad you stated it sucks before I shell out money for it. Oh, and did you get my "promotional copy" review the other day? cool.

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock*****

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

This album has nothing but filler. Thank god someone gave me the promo copy cuz I wouldn't pay 10 bucks to hear "lionel ritchie, you ain't getting paid to dance". Apocalypse WOW is a good song though.

Ramo
(Fiona Apple can kiss my black ass)

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

Reggie can take his "Full Effect" elsewhere. These guys are the definition of overrated, worthless hype. Emo under the guise of pop-punk? I'll pass.

-sickboi

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

Mood 4 U!!!

Apocalypse Now!!!

2 great songs!!

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock*****

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