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Album Review

Taking the torch from Tenacious D and then taking 14 songs from the first season of their HBO series (plus a 15-second outro), Flight of the Conchords' first full-length release for Sub Pop is a strong serving of songs from the dynamic deadpan duo. Unfortunately, since the show included a few songs per episode, 11 of the songs didn't make it past the cutting-room floor, and gems like "If You're Into It," "I'm Not Crying," and "Sello Tape" got the axe, along with the character dedications and motivations "Cheer Up, Murray," "Song for Sally," and "Bret, You Got It Going On." It's forgivable, though; a double-disc set of every song would have been overkill, and most of the favorites make the cut on the CD. Fans still get the neo-soul ballad "The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)," the hip-hop attempt "Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymnocerous," the psychedelic acid trip "Prince of Parties," the dancehall anthem "Boom," and the French pop lullaby "Foux du Fafa." While New Zealander dry humor and matter-of-fact delivery are huge parts of the duo's allure, their adherence to their own style within a variety of genres is the icing on the cake, and to quote Bret's reaction to the stranger who is denied while trying to sell a cake at a pawn shop, "It's a beautiful cake." With each song, they expand their range, paying homage with the strictest attention to details only music geeks will appreciate, be it the Marvin Gaye "What's Going On" instrumentation in "Think About It," the Radiohead "Fitter Happier" vocal impersonations in "Robot," the Pet Shop Boys "West End Girls" similarities in "Inner City Pressure," or the many, many faces of David Bowie in "Bowie." Versatility is their strength, and they show it off well. If they weren't great songwriters, lines like "Sometimes my lyrics are sexist/But you lovely bitches and hoes should know I'm trying to correct this" and "The manager Bevin tries to abuse me/Hey man, I just want some Muesli" might provide short-term laughs, but the music is clever and catchy enough to give it merit for repeated listens. Buy the DVD first to get the full story and then pick this up for road trip singalongs.

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Brilliant In So Many Ways

To any Flight of the Conchords fan, none of these songs are a disappointment -- or a surprise for that matter -- and are welcome as a long overdue addition to one's music collection. The absolute genius is much more apparent when the focus is strictly on the music, from Jemaine's bass line on "The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)" to Bret's guitar and synth arrangement on "Robots." The only whinge could be the arrangement change at the beginning of "Bowie," as the lyrics sound a bit more jammed than what appears on Season 1 during the episode of the same name. Luckily the parts that follow with the many tempo changes are just as brilliantly impressive. Fortunately, only someone who's seen that particular episode quite a bit will notice any differences, and most of the time they are for the better and enrich an already delicious and innovative musical landscape. Anyone with an appreciation for musical and comedic genius must add this album to his or her collection, regardless of being a fan of the hit HBO series.

Finally Available Legally!

Fans of "Flight of the Conchords" will know that most of these tracks have been available abroad for some time. Finally fans can substantiate the excellence of their performance by doing the only real American thing there is to do: vote with your dollars! These iterations of the FOTC canon are new. Even if you have other versions, they are well worth your money. Encourage Bret and Jemaine to make more music. Buy this album! It Rocks!

Flight of the Conchords

Brilliant. If you're reading this then you already must know! Finally, we all have convenient access to this modern classic collection of ear-to-ear, grin-inducing music. Foux Du Fafa ya'll!!!

Biography

Formed: 1998 in Wellington, New Zealand

Genre: Alternative

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

Flight of the Conchords, New Zealand's self-proclaimed "fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo a cappella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo," first took shape in Wellington. Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement (musician/funnyman and funnyman/musician, respectively) started crafting their unique, two-man comedy mélange in 1998, while the two were living together as college roommates. Overcome by a dream in which a V formation of Gibson Flying Vs resembled a gaggle of Concorde airplanes, the two christened...
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