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August 30, 2013

Album 0334: Weird Al Yankovic – In 3-D

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Release Date: 1984
Genre: Comedy/Pop

Tracklisting:

1. Eat It (03:21)
2. Midnight Star (04:35)
3. The Brady Bunch (02:42)
4. Buy Me A Condo (03:53)
5. I Lost On Jeopardy (03:29)
6. Polkas On 45 (04:20)
7. Mr. Popeil (04:43)
8. King Of Suede (04:15)
9. That Boy Could Dance (03:35)
10. Theme From Rocky XIII (The Rye Or The Kaiser) (03:38)
11. Nature Trail To Hell (05:51)

Total Length: 44:22

Eat It kicks off the album with a fun parody of Beat It. I like the lyrics and the added sound effects, and it stays true to the original song too with a pretty great guitar solo. Midnight Star is an original track, and this is where I should note that the production is way more refined and improved over the first album. Everything sounds more mature, odd as that sounds. I like this song well enough, though it goes on a bit long.

The Brady Bunch is a Safety Dance parody, and it’s upbeat but it’s as straightforward as the original. The lyrics aren’t quite as good as some others. Buy Me A Condo is a general reggae parody, and I honestly really like it. It’s cheesy sure, but I love the little effects and I’m a weird sucker for Al’s voice. I Lost On Jeopardy is a parody of a song called Jeopardy, it’s kind of fun but the voice-over part, while cool, gets annoying after the first time you hear it.

Polkas On 45 is Al’s first polka mega-medley, and there are too many songs to list them all. It’s just a really fun track and I always love the polkas. Mr. Popeil is a pastiche of the B-52s and has some fun moments in it. King Of Suede is a parody of King of Pain, it’s decent. That Boy Could Dance is the second original song on here, and I think it’s pretty boring. Kind of disappointing.

Theme From Rocky XIII (The Rye Or The Kaiser) is an obvious parody, and it’s played pretty well but frankly at this point I get tired of the song after like a minute and a half. Nature Trail To Hell is the final original track, and it’s long and sort of boring too. Not really sure what it was going for. Other than these last few tracks I was really enjoying the album though. Again, it’s a big step up from his first.

Final Rating: 6.5/10

January 12, 2013

Album 0216: Weird Al Yankovic – Bad Hair Day

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Release Date: 1996
Genre: Comedy

Tracklisting:

1. Amish Paradise (03:21)
2. Everything You Know Is Wrong (03:48)
3. Cavity Search (04:20)
4. Callin’ In Sick (03:41)
5. The Alternative Polka (04:51)
6. Since You’ve Been Gone (01:23)
7. Gump (02:11)
8. I’m So Sick Of You (03:26)
9. Syndicated Inc. (03:54)
10. I Remember Larry (03:56)
11. Phony Calls (03:23)
12. The Night Santa Went Crazy (04:03)
13. The Night Santa Went Crazy (Extra Gory Version) (04:02)
14. Dare To Be Stupid (instrumental) (03:27)

Total Length: 49:43

Amish Paradise is one of Al’s best known song and one of his best videos. It’s a play on Gangsta Paradise and extremely catchy with great lyrics. Everything You Know Is Wrong is a style pastiche of They Might Be Giants, and there is a lot of little references in there, musically at least. The chorus and title are like a song on their first album, and the saxophone usage was present on the band’s late 80s/early 90s albums. This is a pretty fun track overall, but kind of tiring.

Cavity Search also goes on a bit too long, and I’m not really a fan of U2 so the music and vocal effects actively hinder the song for me. Callin’ In Sick parodies Nirvana, and I’ve stated on this blog before how I’m definitely not the biggest fan of grunge, but the lyrics on this one kind of makes up for it. The Alternative Polka is great like pretty much all of Al’s polkas. Since You’ve Been Gone is a very fun little a capella track, I just love it. The end is also funny.

Gump is a parody of a song called Lump, which is a fun rock track and the lyrics about Gump are great. I’m So Sick Of You is a style parody of Elvis Costello, and it certainly sounds very 80s but it really isn’t that funny or musically interesting to me. Syndicated Inc. is a parody of Soul Asylum and is straight up mid 90s rock. The thing that saves it for me is Al’s lyrics. I Remember Larry is apparently a style parody of Hilly Michaels, but it’s a very fun song. I love the twist halfway through about killing Larry as well.

Phony Calls is a TLC parody, and while the song kind of bores I still appreciate the track, and the Simpsons sample is fun. The Night Santa Went Crazy is another Soul Asylum parody, oddly, and I love it. It’s got a great vibe, and the lyrics are a ton of fun. The Extra Gory Version kind of has my preferred set of lyrics, the morbidity makes it funnier in contrast. The last track is an instrumental version of Dare To Be Stupid, from one of Al’s earlier albums. It’s sort of fun, but I don’t really get why it exists. This is a pretty solid album for Al, but there are still a few hiccups that I think will be present in every single one of his albums, simply because I won’t like some of the popular music at one time or another.

Final Rating: 7.5/10

July 1, 2012

Album 0061: Weird Al Yankovic – Weird Al Yankovic

Release Date: 1983
Genre: Comedy/Pop

Tracklisting:

1. Ricky (02:37)
2. Gotta Boogie (02:14)
3. I Love Rocky Road (02:36)
4. Buckingham Blues (03:14)
5. Happy Birthday (02:28)
6. Stop Draggin’ My Car Around (03:16)
7. My Bologna (02:02)
8. The Check’s In The Mail (03:14)
9. Another One Rides The Bus (02:40)
10. I’ll Be Mellow When I’m Dead (03:39)
11. Such A Groovy Guy (03:03)
12. Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung (01:55)

Total Length: 32:57

Ricky is a fun parody that is worth hearing at least once. Gotta Boogie is a better idea than a song. I Love Rocky Road is worth it for hand fart sounds. Buckingham Blues isn’t very interesting. Happy Birthday is decent, but nothing memorable. Stop Draggin’ My Car Around is not that engaging.

My Bologna is a good parody of a good song that is upbeat and fun. The Check’s In The Mail is a really fun original track. Another One Rides The Bus is a fun idea, but the recording of it (live in a radio station) makes it a lot more boring than it could be. I’ll Be Mellow When I’m Dead is a fairly neat original. Such A Groovy Guy is pretty much just ‘okay’.

Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung is actually fairly neat, I like the feel of it. This album is a pretty good start for Weird Al, but he still had a lot of maturing to do. There are a few duds on here, but it’s not a bad album.

Final Rating: 5/10

January 21, 2012

Album 0003: Weird Al Yankovic – Alapalooza

Release Date: 1993
Genre: Comedy/Pop/Rock

Tracklisting:

1. Jurassic Park (03:55)
2. Young, Dumb & Ugly (04:25)
3. Bedrock Anthem (03:41)
4. Frank’s 2000″ TV (04:06)
5. Achy Breaky Song (03:24)
6. Traffic Jam (04:02)
7. Talk Soup (04:24)
8. Livin’ In The Fridge (03:55)
9. She Never Told Me She Was A Mime (04:54)
10. Harvey The Wonder Hamster (00:21)
11. Waffle King (04:26)
12. Bohemian Polka (03:40)
13. Headline News (03:48)

Total Length: 48:41

Jurassic Park is one of those great Weird Al tracks. The original song being good has a lot to do with it, but then Al’s changed lyrics are fun and the song works. Young, Dumb & Ugly is not something I can get into because I have never really liked AC/DC. Bedrock Anthem is a cool tribute to RHCP while again, being a good song on its own. Not too sure why this wasn’t included in the Flintstones movie released the next year, they changed stuff enough for the film that this would have worked. Frank’s 2000″ TV is a good lyrical idea but the song doesn’t catch me.

Achy Breaky Song is a funny parody about music in that time period. I’m also a sucker for added hand farts. Traffic Jam has no real appeal for me because I’ve never understood the love for Prince. Talk Soup is somehow the first of two Peter Gabriel sendoffs on this album, and again since I don’t like the original I can’t really like this. Livin’ In The Fridge shares a trait with Achy Breaky Song, where the factor of Al makes me like this song even though I don’t really like Aerosmith. I suppose it’s kind of odd that I would like this and not the previous track, but sometimes subjective taste is just hard to describe.

She Never Told Me She Was A Mime is okay, just kind of middle of the road. Harvey The Wonder Hamster is a fun tiny track from Weird Al’s short lived show. Waffle King is alright, but it’s the type of pop I just can’t stand. Bohemian Polka is pretty much amazing. The original song is one of the best things ever written, and this version is just too much fun. Headline News is a bonus track, and is pretty good. The child in me even likes the instrumental section that ends the track. I really like some of the tracks on here, but I find myself skipping through most of this album usually.

Final Rating: 5.5/10