Jay Maynard (jmaynard) wrote,
Jay Maynard

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Review: Poodle Hat

Weird Al's latest album was a disappointment. Out of 12 cuts, only 3 are what I'd consider really good, 2 more aren't bad, and the rest suck.

Most of the album is (c)rap. The parodies, except for one I'll discuss in a little bit, are of stuff that I've avoided because it's just not my style; the lead song, Couch Potato, a parody of Eminem's Lose Yourself, especially so. As the album progresses, it moves into less (c)rappy stuff, but still modern; A Complicated Song, parody of Avril Lavigne's Complicated, typifies today's popular non-(c)rap style of thin music and lyrics full of angst. Bleagh. The best of the (c)rap originals is Hardware Store, and that mainly for a rapid-fire delivery of stuff you might (or, in several cases, hopefully won't) find in one that has to have been overdubbed several times because he never seems to breathe!

I was beginning to despair of liking this album at all when Ode to a Superhero, a parody of Billy Joel's Piano Man, came along. It's quite well done, and does to the movie Spiderman what The Saga Begins does to Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The next song was the real gem of this album. Bob is a stylistic parody of Bob Dylan with a twist. No, I'm not going to tell you what the twist is. You'll have to figure it out for yourself. If it stumps you, look at the lyric sheet, but don't do that until you've heard the song all the way through at least once.

eBay, a parody of The Backstreet Boys' I Want it That Way, isn't bad; it rescues the original by being devastatingly accurate about just what you can find on eBay, and how. Somehow, I doubt the online auctioneer will adopt it as their corporate song, though. vakkotaur liked the last song, Genius in France, more than I did, but it's serviceable, and better than much else on the album.

This isn't quite as bad, for me, as Bad Hair Day, but it's nowhere near as good as Alapalooza or Running with Scissors. Hopefully, Al will do better next time.

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