Monday, January 01, 2007
Best Album of 2006: Weird Al "Straight Outta Lynwood"
I have been a fan of this whacked out dude for decades but this album might his best yet. The first track, "White and Nerdy" (a parody of "Ridin' Dirty") is flat out hilarious, especially since it might be my life story and Al proves he still knows how to make a video too, with guest appearances by fellow nerds Seth Green and Donnie Osmond.
For other parodies, Weird Al dips into punk with "Canadian Idiot", a spoof on "American Idiot", because everyone loves to make fun of Canadians!
Confession Part III, a parody of Confession Part II shows Al is still as high on romance as ever (not at all).
And of course since no one needs making fun of more than American Idol winners, there's even a parody of Taylor Hicks' "Do I make you proud" which is the very disturbing "Do I creep you out".
In the original tracks on the album, Al keeps with the theme, exploring such geek pasttimes as picking up computer viruses ("Virus Alert") and illegally downloading music ("Don't Download this song").
And of course, there's a polka montage of the best and worst recent music because, well, it's a Weird Al album, duh.
For an act that seemed to be wearing thin a decade ago, Weird Al has managed to reinvent himself yet again and each time he seems to just get funnier.
You can listen to some tracks from the album on Al's myspace page, including an outtake from the album, "You're pitiful" and of course, "Don't download this song".
And finally, you can watch the video for White and Nerdy below.