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â€œFlight of the Conchordsâ€ get raunchy on latest album, â€œI Told You I Was Freaky,â€ and soar to comic heights.
The New Zealand band composed of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement formed in 1998 as a comedy/music duo. Their self-titled series about two unsuccessful, aspiring rockers hailing from New Zealand premiered on HBO in 2007.
The bandâ€™s second full-length album, â€œI Told You I Was Freaky,â€ released Oct. 20 on Sub Pop Records is a compilation of songs featured in the second season of the Emmy-nominated series, written by and starring the two band members.
As the name of the album suggests, itâ€™s anything but G-rated. With songs titled â€œSugalumpsâ€ and â€œYou Donâ€™t Have to Be a Prostituteâ€ the two-man band isnâ€™t concerned with politeness. That fearlessness paired with absurd and hilarious lyrics makes â€œI Told You I Was Freakyâ€ a treat to listen to.
The dirtier the songs get, the louder the laughs elicited.
The synthesizer-heavy â€œSugalumpsâ€ proclaims the attractiveness of a certain part of the male body to members of the opposite sex. â€œYouâ€™d probably think that my pants had the mumps,â€ Clement sings. â€œThey look so good, thatâ€™s why I keep them in the front.â€
Vocal distortions and electronic beats pulsate through â€œToo Many D**ks (On the Dance Floor),â€ fueled by complaints of the lack of women at a nightclub, or as itâ€™s described in the song â€œthe dance floor bro/ho ratio,â€ clarifying that â€œfive to one is a brodeo.â€
The backbone of the album is the ability of â€œFlight of the Conchordsâ€ to write a witty song about almost anything. From the sexual escapades of angels to cannibalism, the band runs the gamut of uncomfortable topics, not shying away from any of them.
â€œYou Donâ€™t Have to Be a Prostitute,â€ channeling The Policeâ€™s â€œRoxanne,â€ finds Clement so deep in money problems that he resorts to selling his body. McKenzie pleads with him to stop, asking â€œDo you have any other skills, like typing?â€
When detached from the episodes of the show, many of the albumâ€™s songs lose their full comedic impact, but still manage to amuse.
On the track â€œWeâ€™re both in Love with a Sexy Ladyâ€ both men argue over which of the two a so-called sexy lady was checking out. Without the companion visuals, the back and forth between McKenzie and Clement is almost more confusing than funny. But, when itâ€™s established the woman has a lazy eye, lyrics such as â€œSheâ€™s smokinâ€™ with the eye thatâ€™s broken, I think itâ€™s hot / The way she looks left a lot,â€ leave the listener chuckling.
There is no cohesion to â€œI Told You I Was Freaky,â€ but itâ€™s the albumâ€™s spontaneity that keeps it entertaining. While not all of the songs are outstanding, there is enough creativity and humor to make it a good album and a great laugh.