After five years away from the studio and two years after they broke up, Ed Masley and Sean Lally reformed the Frampton Brothers in 1999 to give the world one last chance to find out what they were missing. And the results were certainly worth the effort; File Under F (For Failure) is easily the band's best album to date, boasting a ragged-but-right intensity their previous work only hinted at and a forceful punch that's a far cry from the polite power pop of their debut. File Under F's subtext is the story of a band that failed to grab the brass ring, and if songwriter Ed Masley is bitter about his failure to become a rock star (or at least quit his day job), these tunes are the best sort of therapy, spinning tales of life on the bottom of the rock food chain that are by turns hilarious and heartbreaking. "The Beginning of the End of the Fun Years" may be one of the best songs ever about a band grinding to an uncomfortable halt, and "Dressing Room" is a well-aimed rant at how little it takes to turn someone into the worst sort of rock star. There's no small irony in the fact that the Frampton Brothers made a great album about how they didn't make it, but from a musical standpoint, File Under F (For Failure) is a blazing success.
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