July 13, 2011

Happy Birthday To The Ground.

I ended up subscribing to Amazon Cloud Drive for a year. We’ll see if that is ever actually useful. I’m not sure it will be. However, part of the shenanigans that lead to me doing that was me buying the album Turtleneck and Chain, which I’ve been listening to for a few days now.

I like it.

I mean, in general, a comedy album is only going to get you so far. You have to be dedicated to the joke, or be really catchy, to make a joke song worth listening to. Lonely Island is good at that. Classics like “Like a Boss” and “I’m On A Boat” meet those criteria. I was worried they wouldn’t be able to create good replacements on this new album.

It starts out weak, with We’re Back. I mean, it’s okay? It’s humorous the first time you start it up, certainly. I was worried. Even “Jack Sparrow,” which is just a fucking awesome video, loses something without seeing Michael Bolton dressing up in costumes. However, I started to hit the songs that are certainly my favorites. “Rocky” is hilarious and pretty catchy, and I really enjoyed it much in the way I enjoy Alberquerque no matter how many times I listen to it. It’s awesome. Similarly, “Japan,” “After Party,” and “No Homo” are solid tracks. I missed “Motherlover” the first time around, and it’s pretty fantastic to experience as well, and works completely without the video.

For sure, though, my favorite song is “Threw It On The Ground.” It’s a bad-ass sounding song, and the lyrics just make me laugh again and again. I watched the video, and it’s solid, to be sure, but it works without it. It had just about the perfect amount of fake bad-assery.

Anyway, I think it’s pretty solid. Not everyone is the sort of person who would listen to a novelty album like this often, but it’s solid stuff. Lonely Island knows what the fuck they’re doing. You have to at least give them that.

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