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Album Review

Following his exposure in the mid-'80s, Weird Al Yankovic's career stumbled with the poor-selling Polka Party in 1986 and his feature film UHF that tanked in 1989. Clearly, many people had grown tired of Yankovic's presence, just as they'd grown tired of the artists he was satirizing. Thus his chance for a comeback came in 1992, when Nirvana stormed the scene with "Smells Like Teen Sprit," a song that turned the music world upside down and ended the careers of many of the artists Yankovic had once used to heighten his success. Not too surprisingly, "Smells Like Nirvana" was the first single off of Off the Deep End, Yankovic's first album in three years. The song, which pokes fun at the original version's incoherent lyrics, was a smash hit, and not undeservingly — it reveals the kind of brilliant writing Yankovic was still capable of doing. Though no other parody on the album matches the cleverness of "Smells Like Nirvana," satires such as "I Can't Watch This" and "Taco Grande" come quite close. In addition to re-establishing his satirical craftsmanship, Deep End showcases some of Yankovic's best originals ever; "Trigger Happy," "When I Was Your Age," and "You Don't Love Me Anymore" prove to be the album's greatest songs. As his best album since In 3-D, Off the Deep End is the answer to those who questioned Yankovic's credibility as an evolving artist.

Customer Reviews

L

...... good fight pride of albert yankovic. i wish you could be a little more mature and represent canada better

-ByeWhip ;|

It's okay

I'm not a really big fan of wired al , In my oppinion I think the videos are what makes the songs funny , because the lyrics rlly arn't all that clever . ohh and I HATE what they did to smells like teen spirit , they took an amazingly genius song and ruined it with thier verry unclever lyrics , maybey they should show some respect to the amazing writer that Kurt is , and the album cover ? Do I even have to explain ? They took a great nirvana album cover and made it into something stupid that's not even funny . In my oppinion I just don't like wired al.

AWSOME

FIRST OF ALL WHAT DO YOU MEAN ALBERT YANCOVIC ITS ALFRED YANCOIVIC AND SECON OF ALL THIS IS THE BEST WEIRD AL ACTUALLY HAS OUT LASTED LIKE MOST OFF THE PEPOLE HE HAS PARIDED TUMBS UP

Biography

Born: October 23, 1959 in Lynwood, CA

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The foremost song parodist of the MTV era, "Weird Al" Yankovic carried the torch of musical humor more proudly and more successfully than any performer since Allan Sherman. In the world of novelty records — a genre noted for its extensive back catalog of flashes-in-the-pan and one-hit wonders — Yankovic was king, scoring smash after smash over the course of an enduring career which found him topically mocking everything from new wave to gangsta rap. Alfred Matthew Yankovic was born...
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