Music: Flight of the Conchords

October 29, 2009

by Taylor Aswell

Comedy music is, at is finest, exactly what the title says: comedy.

Flight of the Conchords is very serious when it comes to comedy, and on the second album, “I Told You I Was Freaky,” the group delivers a very mediocre attempt at the genre it once had perfected.

Just like former comedy music duo, Tenacious D, Flight of the Conchords appears to be getting involved in too many things, and losing focus with the music that brought them to the top.

The New Zealanders reportedly rushed the tracks on the CD for the second season of their popular TV show on HBO, also titled “Flight of the Conchords.”

This shines through very clearly on the album as tracks feel like they are being forced on the listener’s ears.

For the most part, there are just too many hip-hop parodies on the album.

They are at their finest on songs that allow them to harmonize with each other, and this album fails to deliver songs of this nature that are consistently good.

The one song that does shine through on the album is “Carol Brown,” which combines clever wordplay on the reasons why the singers past girlfriends dumped him and an electronic beat.

But songs like “Carol Brown” are quickly overshadowed by the weaker ones, such as “Sugalumps,” which is a blatant attempt at making fun of The Black Eyed Peas song “My Humps.”

All in all the album suffers from the fact that the jokes get repetitive.

After the second listen through, I was ready to be done with the CD for a while, which is sad as it comes from a group which had such a uniquely brilliant sound and style on their first album.

The members of Flight of the Conchords try but fall short of standards they set.

“I Told You I Was Freaky” is, at best, a one-or-two time listen through that provides cheap laughs and an experience you will be happy to forget.