Let's Face It

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Let's Face It
Let's Face It Bosstones cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 11, 1997
Recorded1996 at Bearsville Sound Studios, Bearsville, New York; Fort Apache Studios, Cambridge, Massachusetts
GenreSka punk
LabelMercury, Big Rig
ProducerPaul Q. Kolderie, Sean Slade
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones chronology
Question the Answers
Let's Face It
Live from the Middle East
Singles from Let's Face It
  1. "The Impression That I Get"
    Released: January 27, 1997
  2. "The Rascal King"
    Released: 1997
  3. "Royal Oil"
    Released: 1997

Let's Face It is the fifth studio album by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. It was released on March 11, 1997, by Mercury Records. This album sold very well due to the success of its single "The Impression That I Get", which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. Also faring well were the album's other two singles, "Royal Oil" (No. 22) and "The Rascal King" (No. 7). The album itself reached No. 27 on the Billboard 200 (the only Bosstones album to enter the top 50).[1] The album has been certified platinum.[2]

Track listing[edit]

1."Noise Brigade"Dicky Barrett, Dennis Brockenborough, Joe Gittleman2:16
2."The Rascal King"Barrett, Gittleman2:46
3."Royal Oil"Barrett, Nate Albert2:39
4."The Impression That I Get"Barrett, Gittleman3:15
5."Let's Face It"Barrett, Albert2:39
6."That Bug Bit Me"Barrett, Albert2:09
7."Another Drinkin' Song"Barrett, Gittleman3:50
8."Numbered Days"Barrett, Albert3:10
9."Break So Easily"Barrett, Brockenborough2:45
10."Nevermind Me"Barrett, Gittleman3:21
11."Desensitized"Barrett, Tim Burton2:04
12."1-2-8"Barrett, Gittleman2:39
Japanese Bonus track[citation needed]
13."At It Again"2:04
12" vinyl bonus track[3]
13."Wrong Thing Right Then"3:12

The track "Wrong Thing Right Then" was previously available on the soundtrack to Meet the Deedles.[4]


The following people contributed to Let's Face It:[5]

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Paul Q. Kolderie – producer, engineer
  • Sean Slade – producer, engineer
  • Brian Dwyer – trumpet
  • Dan McLaughlin – trumpet
  • John Rosenberg – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [6]
The A.V. Club(favorable) [7]
Rolling Stone(Not rated) [8]
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars [9]

Let's Face It has received positive reviews. Sputnikmusic's Adam Thomas called the album "a quintessential piece of '90s ska." Thomas continued "Let's Face It shows The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at the top of their game and is one of the greatest ska-punk albums to come out of the nineties."[9] AllMusic's Steve Huey also gave the album a positive review, writing "Even if the production is a tiny bit slick, and the playing time is rather short..., it's still difficult to view Let's Face It as anything but a rousing success and easily one of the band's best albums."[6] Stephen Thompson of The A.V. Club wrote "... for every misfire like the preachy title track, there's an infectious anthem that begs to be blared from every window in the city. Play 'The Rascal King' or 'The Impression That I Get' as loud as you can get away with, and ask yourself if the Bosstones aren't back."[7]

In 2004, Let's Face It was ranked No. 36 in a Kerrang! reader poll of the 50 greatest punk albums.[10]

2013 vinyl reissue[edit]

Let's Face It was rereleased on vinyl by Asbestos Records in 2013.



Chart (1997/1998) Peak
US Billboard 200 27[1]
UK Albums Chart 40[11]
Austrian Album Charts 27[12]


Year Song Peak positions
ARIA Charts
US Alt
US Radio Songs
1997 "The Impression That I Get" 11 12 1 23
1997 "The Rascal King" 40 63 7 68
1997 "Royal Oil" 22
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


  1. ^ a b c d The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Album & Song Chart History. Billboard.com. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Biography. Allmusic. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  3. ^ Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The - Let's Face It (Vinyl, LP). Discogs. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen. Meet the Deedles - Original Soundtrack - Review. Allmusic. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  5. ^ Let's Face It - Credits. Allmusic. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  6. ^ a b Huey, Steve. Let's Face It - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. AllMusic. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  7. ^ a b Thompson, Stephen. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Let's Face It. The A.V. Club 29 March 2002. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  8. ^ The Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Let's Face It. Rolling Stone. 26 December 1997. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  9. ^ a b Thomas, Adam. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Let's Face It. Sputnikmusic 24 March 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  10. ^ 50 Greatest Punk Albums. Ultimate Guitar. 6 December 2004. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  11. ^ a b "MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES - The Official Charts Company". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  12. ^ a b "The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Let's Face It - australiancharts.com". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 3 July 2011.