The Reality of My Surroundings - Release and Reception

Release and Reception

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Rolling Stone
Entertainment Weekly A−
Piero Scaruffi

With this album, Fishbone obtained critical and commercial success with a ranking of No. 49 on the Billboard 200 on May 18, 1991. The album is widely considered by fans and critics as the creative peak of the band. Fishbone experienced a large growth in concert tickets and record sales during this period, making two memorable television appearances: performing "Sunless Saturday" and "Everyday Sunshine" on Saturday Night Live, and "Everyday Sunshine" on The Arsenio Hall Show. (The SNL performance of "Sunless Saturday" has been re-edited in reruns. The original television broadcast showed a brief glimpse of Angelo Moore doing a backflip on stage. The re-edited version simply switches the camera angle, making it possible to see the full flip right after signaling "Special K" (Kendall Jones) to do his guitar solo.)

Music writer Piero Scaruffi called the album "ambitious and amusing", giving it a 7.5 out of 10 and placing it at No. 6 of his greatest funk albums of all time list.

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