Friday, June 17, 2011
Straight Outta Lynwood (2006)
PARODIES: 6. This is a hit-and-miss album overall. “White and Nerdy” has one of Al’s best set of lyrics, and “Trapped in the Drive-Thru” brilliantly transposes the insanity of R. Kelly’s work to an utterly banal setting. The other parodies lack the same spark, although some of the lines in the Usher parody made me laugh out loud.
ORIGINALS: 6. The mixed-bag vibe carries over to the originals, with only the operatic “Virus Alert,” which channels the cult band Sparks, as a true stand-out. The Cake sound-alike “Close But No Cigar” also does a nice job of spicing up Al’s usual take on the battle of the sexes.
POLKA MEDLEY: 9. Nice inclusion of the chicken song, and way to improve a lot of crummy "hits."
OVERALL: 6. A handful of real standouts, but it could have used a couple more fresh ideas to spice it up.