CD Review: The Lonely Island - Turtleneck and Chain
The Lonely Island - TURTLENECK AND CHAINArts reporter Dominique Brillion reviews, "Turtleneck and Chain," the Lonely Island's new album.
Date Added Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | 5:47 pm
Last Updated Thursday, May 12, 2011 | 2:21 am
Category: Arts & Entertainment > Music > CD Reviews
"WE'RE BACK!" the Lonely Island literally announce in their new album, Turtleneck and Chain, their return to the satire-music scene. In the midst of today's rampant rap-comedy and parody pandemonium, you would hope that the trio's sophomore album would shine like a beacon of hilarity through the haze of imitation. But alas, it doesn't.
"Turtleneck" takes a step further into actual music: The album has a more fluent and coherent hip hop theme, with tighter raps and complicated hooks. Most of the music sounds as if it's been ripped off of the Top 40 charts until "butthole" is dropped a couple hundred times - all in jest, of course.
Sadly though, there aren't any "Lazy Sunday"'s (or even "Punch You in the Jeans"'s) in the playlist, nor is the same spontaneity of Incredibad alive. Poop puns fly left and right (quite literally in "Trouble on Dookie Island") and come off as easy jokes. Tracks like this aren't much compared to the kind of nonsensical poetry of their debut album. At least "Motherlover" continues the "Dick in a Box" legacy with the aid of Justin Timberlake's sexed-up falsettos and "Attracted to Us," featuring Beck, can be listened to on repeat. However, songs that made it big as Digital Shorts on SNL lose their visual irony, and overall funniness, standing alone as audio tracks.
But honestly, the guys can afford to not dwell on the past, or improve upon it, for that matter. They've grown to such a popularity that fans will eat up any rhymes they spit out. Also, the ridiculousness of the music is validated with the random A-list guest artists, from Santigold to Snoop Dogg, making it more appealing to listeners.
To their credit, it's still apparent that the best part of their music, past and even present, is the sheer wit that beautifies their crazy-ass, crass lyrics. The whole album deliberately catches them with their pants down and it's obvious that they love it. Even if this album doesn't live up to its hype, it at least proves that their juices are still flowing - creatively, so to speak.
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