CD Review: Flight Of The Conchords

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I Told You I Was Freaky

PrintComedy music is probably the hardest genre to pull off. Not only do you need to be funny but you also need to be a good musician, and if you are the Flight Of The Conchords and taking on every genre of music under the sun then you need mad skills. Flight Of The Conchords certainly have skills, but this album sadly doesn’t show them as mad.

From the rap of “Hurt Feelings” to the R&B of “Sugalumps” and “We’re Both In Love With A Sexy Lady” the music ability of the songs cannot be denied. The comedy of the songs is ok. “Hurt Feelings” and Sugalumps” are both winners. But some of the songs loose their comedic value without the background of the TV series that they are lifted from. The TV series had me in stitches. “Sugalumps” is on You Tube and this visual element is the thing that this album seems to be missing. I just watched it again and I could not help but laugh at the dancing antics. The whole album just needs that small something extra.

It is not bad, but it is just not great. I suppose good is ok, but the hype given to Flight Of The Conchords is more than that given to a good album. There are no laugh out loud moments. And it seems like they have tried to parody every style of music, the whole last half of the album is trying hard to move all over the musical sound scape. Like the seventies folk of “Rambling through The Avenues Of Time”, the eighties dance synth driven sounds in “Fashion Is Danger” and the Police “Roxanne” stylings of “You Don’t Have To Be A Prostitute”.

The concepts behind the humor is great. The concept of “Too Many Dicks (On The Dance Floor)” is a brilliant one and maybe this is where writing for a TV series hurt them. Having to come up with a new song for each episode must have been enormously hard.

“I Told You I Was Freaky” just looses you. It doesn’t leave you behind so much as you decide to go a different direction. I think having written the songs for the TV series they knew that had back story. The songs just don’t seem to stand on their own. You have to respect managing to fit “profiteroles” into a song though (“Hurt Feelings”) That would have been a task.

If you want to listen to this music and give it its best chance to make you laugh I suggest you buy the DVD of the TV series.

 3ply

Picture sourced from www.undertheradarmag.com/media/sugalumps_mp3/

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One Response to “CD Review: Flight Of The Conchords”

  1. Genevieve Brookings Says:

    Oh how I idolised the music from the eighties, everything seemed to be way much inventive than punishment.

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