Tenacious D 'Rizes' Again
Published: Friday, May 25, 2012
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2012 11:05
The D's been away for some six years, only making occasional appearances at conventions or guest spots at others' concerts. Their film, "The Pick of Destiny," wasn't great, and many felt the accompanying album lacked the punch of their self-titled debut.
For those not pleased with the band's sophomore effort, Rize of the Fenix, signals a return to the band's roots. The album kicks off with the eponymous song, detailing their intent to overcome the setbacks of the past and give their fans a reason to get new tattoos.
While a good song, the real gem of the album in "The Ballad of Hollywood Jack and the Rage Kage," a chronicle of Jack Black's solo success in comparison to Kyle Gass' obscurity. It's an over-the-top exaggeration, full of the band's trademark obscene humor.
"Deth Starr" is similar to "City Hall" in its call to restart the human race with awesome Moon-Man Technology.
"39" is a departure from the duo's folk/metal style, being a parody of Jimmy Buffet-style Trop Rock. The narrative describes a wealthy older man's relationship with a middle-aged woman, due to the fact that he can no longer bed twenty-somethings. It's a funny premise with lyrics sure to horrify anyone that has a relative dating a younger person.
"Roadie" also deserves a special mention: it's an ode to the unsung heroes of rock, and is hilarious in a heartbreaking sort of way.
The CD does have some faults. "Low Hangin' Fruit" is a little too tasteless, even beating "Kielbasa" for sheer crudeness.
On the other hand, "To Be the Best," a homage to pump-up songs from the 80's, is far too short, clocking in at just over a minute.
The skits are great the first time, but slowly decline with repeat hearings, like all comedy.
Rize of the Fenix is solid, but its best tracks aren't catchy like "Tribute" or "Wonderboy." Hopefully, this album drums up enough excitement that Tenacious D is able to make another, and really take it to the next level.