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Flight Of The Conchords - Flight Of The Conchords

Flight Of The Conchords - Flight Of The Conchords

It’s safe to say that this is the most endlessly playable comedy album of the illennium. Multi-instrumentalist Bret McKenzie possesses a musical gift commensurate with his comedic talent, while he and Jemaine Clement may be the best blue-eyed soul singers since Hall & Oates – no kidding.

The third team member is producer/programmer Mickey Petralia (Beck, Ladytron), whose command of ’80s synth-pop kitsch enables the Conchords to satirize in minute detail everything from the Pet Shop Boys (the sublime “Inner City Pressure”) and What’s Goin’ On (“Think About It”) to Bowie (“Bowie”). The LP serves as a reminder that “funny” and “funky” are only one character apart.

BUD SCOPPA

Rating: 4 / 10

(Sub Pop)


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