Flight Of The Conchords

April 22, 2008

“Do they smoke grass out in space, Bowie, or do they smoke Astroturf?”

If you are already a fan of Flight Of The Conchords (Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement), the folk/soul/funk/hip-hop/rap/reggae/
rock/pop novelty band from New Zealand, then you don’t need me to tell you this self-titled full length album (following their Grammy Award winning EP, The Distant Future of last year) is awesome and hilarious and that you should get it immediately. (Something I could not say while I was a DJ on public and college radio because that’s “a call to action,” which is against FCC public radio regulations. But this is a blog, so I can say whatever the hell I want.) While the album sadly doesn’t include every last song from their HBO show, of which this basically serves as a soundtrack, it’s got most of them, many of them re-recorded and expanded for this release, including “Think About It,” “Ladies Of The World,” “Robots,” “Boom,” “A Kiss Is Not A Contract,” “The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room),” “Business Time” and “Bowie.” What hearing the 15 tracks collected here in one place really underscores is how amazingly varied the duo’s musical range is, not to mention how motherflippin’ funny their lyrics are. And by the way, if you’re sad that “If You’re Into It” and “Not Crying” are absent from this album, be sad no more, as they’re included on their EP, The Distant Future. As for the rest of the songs, like “Frodo,” “Sellotape (aka Pencils In The Wind)” or “Bret, You’ve Got It Going On,” well, maybe they’ll end up on the next Flight Of The Conchords album. We can only hope. The second season of their HBO series will begin airing next January. Until then, the album will just have to do.



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