Weird Al Yankovic
Alpocalypse


3.0
good

Review

by Joseph Scott USER (10 Reviews)
June 19th, 2011 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's not quite "Running With Scissors" or "Off the Deep end", but Al proves he still has what it takes to parody pop's finest

Comedy is perhaps the most deceptively simple genre, regardless of medium. It's easy to get a cheap laugh, but it's quite another story to keep an audience laughing, and notoriously difficult to make it through without at least a couple of gags that fall flat. Any comedian worth his salt spends a good number of years honing his material, learning to work with his audience and finding his own original style.

Luckily for comedy fans, 'Weird AL' Yankovic has managed to navigate this narrow path with considerable skill and grace for more than two decades, and eight times out of ten the laughs have come easily. Al has built a career around a body of work that ranges from the silly, the satirical, to the downright bizarre, and done so with surpising strength as a musician and lyricist.

But what does all this ammount to, with the release of his thirteenth studio album? Not much can be said about 'Alpocalypse' that doesn't apply to 12 previous albums and an ocean of compilation records. The material here is, at best, up to Yankovic's usual standard of lunacy, and at worst, a little tired. The polka-master is on top form with 'Party In The CIA', which easily boasts the album's best lyrics, and is the strongest of the parodies. At other times, the laughs feel a bit forced, particularly with the original material. 'If That Ain't Love' and 'Craigslist' feel slightly threadbare and a bit too similar to older numbers ('Confessions prt.3, eBAY) for comfort. Luckily, there is still plenty to please everyone, from rabid 'Al' fan to the casual listener, with 'Ringtone' and the inspired B.O.B parody 'Another Tattoo' as top examples. If you don't laugh out loud, you should at least crack a smile, meaning that once again, Weird ol' Al has achieved his goal.

Sadly, there is something in the apocalypse-themed title of the album that feels like an omen. In the past, Al has always been able to keep up with pop culture and music with the skill of a marathon sprinter, hitting the right targets at the right times. Unfortunately for him though, It's not the 90's anymore. The way people listen to and consume media has changed drastically since the 'Bad Hair Day' era, and top ten hits come and go much quicker than they used to. 'Whatevery you like' was a great parody - about three years ago - but the trouble is, parodies will only date as well as their targets. In a time when pop music is more disposable than ever, when albums have been reduced to digital units on a website, the end of Als career (at least as a parody artist) seems nigh. Yankovic, always a shrewd patron of pop culture, must surely realize this, and 'Alpocalypse' seems to reflect the fact.

'Alpocalypse' is an enjoyable, if at times patchy comedy release. And if this is the last we hear from the man before he hangs up his accordian for good, I'd just like to say: "Thanks for all the laughs, Mr.Yankovic"



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Asiatic667
June 19th 2011


4648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Booyah! My second review, and I'm pretty happy with it, considering I wrote it on a whim

MO
June 19th 2011


18776 Comments


Aways been a fan of Weird Al and wanna hear this. I agree with the fact that he may be slowing down/is having difficulty keeping up. Pos'd.

Asiatic667
June 19th 2011


4648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for the pos, man. I don't think it's a bad thing he's slowing down though. It's amazing how long he managed to keep his schtick going over the years, and nothing changes that. It's funny to me how a man who made a name for himself taking the piss has remained more relevant than most actual pop stars

coneren
June 19th 2011


11111 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Weird Al is the man

Asiatic667
June 19th 2011


4648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You know it

MO
June 19th 2011


18776 Comments


Still remember dare to stupid in the Transformers movie. Brings back all sorts of memories.

coneren
June 19th 2011


11111 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i think if i had to fuck one guys mouth i would pick weird al

Asiatic667
June 19th 2011


4648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@MetallicOpeth

Haha, love that song.

sonictheplumber2
June 19th 2011


256 Comments


eat it

Asiatic667
June 19th 2011


4648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Feedback on the actual review is welcome any time guys, when you're done talking about al eating your dick and such

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
June 19th 2011


16150 Comments


in the summary: pops finest should be pop's finest

excellent review otherwise, especially for your 2nd. worth a pos

Digging: Alt-J - This Is All Yours

Asiatic667
June 19th 2011


4648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thank you once again. I'll fix the spelling in a sec

Asiatic667
June 19th 2011


4648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

fix'd

guitarplaya91
June 19th 2011


485 Comments


You are a really solid writer. 2 reviews and both of them are excellent.

Emim
June 19th 2011


26625 Comments


Pos, good sir

newjunkaesthetic93
June 19th 2011


1871 Comments


Nice review. I've actually been to a Weird Al concert for some reason... he sure is a hell of an entertainer.

Asiatic667
June 19th 2011


4648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for all the positive feedback, guys

I've actually been to a Weird Al concert for some reason... he sure is a hell of an entertainer.


He sure is. It's just a shame the networks screwed him over on 'The Weird Al Show' both creatively and publicity-wise. Some of the sketches on there were hillarious, and it had real potential


Nikkolae
June 20th 2011


4849 Comments


lololol polka face cracks me up, specially the Owl City Part cos he sounds just like him

AtavanHalen
June 21st 2011


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This was a fun listen. CNR, Polka Face, Craigslist, Party in the CIA and Another Tattoo are all great. I think CNR is my favourite.

guitarnater
June 21st 2011


917 Comments


Ammount->amount, but otherwise good review, always love a good Al chuckle.



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