Could Tenacious D change the world with this album? It does contain such inventions as the one note song and the 'greatest invention in singing since yodeling, dude', which is inward singing. It tells us men are sometimes too rough during sex, that City Hall exploits us, and that Dio needs to finally step down from the metal biz.
Are these messages going to be absorbed by the masses and suddenly the world will become a better place?!?! No, not really...unless laughter is the one true emotion that can unite a world, then, it just may do the job.
This album is brilliant. Many people are calling this a comedy album or a novelty album, but in the end, this is a rock album. Those of us who are used to hearing hip-hop records have grown accustom to the idea of skits coming between songs, it's a nice humorous or serious way to introduce or explain an upcoming track. This is how the skits are handled on this release as well. A few stand as their own comedic intermissions to the album, but for the most part, they relate directly to the following track, which only adds to the humor.
Can rock music not be funny? The Dead Milkmen were hilarious, and no one called them novelty, well, not in genre at least. Tenacious D comes to 'rock your socks off' on this release, so don't be fooled by the nay-sayers.
This album was definitely a step away from the D live, where you only find J.B. and K.G. on the stage with two acoustic guitars, this album is a full band recording which saw members of the Foo Fighters (Dave Grohl), The Vandals (Warren Fitzgerald), and many more join the fray. The music stays completely in tact despite the addition of more substance. The same odes to the band's greatness (every song), stories of group sex (Double Team), karate usage (Karate...duh), and how the band wrote the greatest song in the world but forgot it (Tribute).
This album is definitely worth the sticker price. If you're in search of the perfect complement to your vast Tenacious D bootleg collection, this album will be it...this album IS it. Check it out!
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