Tenacious D
Rize of the Fenix


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Review

by Dknight333 USER (1 Reviews)
June 20th, 2012 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After 6 years of waiting, The D comes back with their followup to The Pick of Destiny and it doesn't disappoint.

Well, this is my first review so don't judge me. But, you are going to judge me, this is the internet. Anyways, Rize of the Fenix, the long awaited followup to their 2006 release The Pick Of Destiny and its companion film. This will be a track by track because it's easy and to the point. Let's get to it.

Rize of the Fenix - The title track and first single to the album. This one deals with the negative critical response to The Pick of Destiny and how they will comeback. The song starts with a driving acoustic riff but soon turns into a fast rocker. Highly recommended and is one of the best tracks on the CD. 5/5

Low Hangin' Fruit - This one is a bit generic and is about trying to find some women. It isn't bad, but there is better. 3/5

Classical Teacher - The first of two skits on the record, along with Flutes and Trombones. It is about how KG needs to "improve his skills" so Jack hires a spanish classical teacher. Hilarity ensues. 4/5

Senorita - This one has a (you guessed it) spanish feel to and tells a tale of a bar fight over a woman named Conchita. This is one of the best songs on here and it comes highly recommended. 5/5

Deth Starr - One of the first tracks written for CD, and one of the heavier ones. This one has a sort of science fictiony feel to it and it rocks. Hard to explain it 4.5/5

Roadie - Another one of best songs on here and it is a slower rock ballad about the hardships of the Roadie and his hardships of being unrecognized. The video with Danny McBride was hilarious. Check this one out. 5/5

Flutes and Trombones - The last skit on the record and it is Kage and Jables arguing about flutes and trombones. It's alright, but skippable. 2.5/5

The Ballad of Hollywood Jack and the Rage Kage - This one is a slow ballad (you guessed it) and it is how Hollywood Jack went on to become famous while Rage Kage didn't. It is one of the lesser tracks to me but is worth listening to. 3.5/5

Thrown Down - Another one of the lesser tracks, this song is a generic rocker about how people should not care so much about religion. I usually skip it. 2/5

Rock is Dead - This short little ditty is about how rock is dead (took rocket science to figure that out). It is still a great track and it comes recommended. 4.5/5

They F****D our A***S - I believe this the first written for the album and it still holds up. Another short track and it how labels screw over The D. Great Song. 4.5/5

To Be The Best - This one was in the short video announcing the return of The D and it sounds like a pumped up workout song with keyboards and everything. Another great song 4.75/5

39 - This is the last song on the record and is a slow song about a dude and his 39 year old hooker love. This one has a country feel to it and JB does a southern voice and he uses it to great comedic effect (wait till he says anus). It still isn't one of the better songs on here. 3.75/5

Well that was the album and it is one of the best releases of the year thus far and is well worth the price of admission

Band Stats: Jack Black: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Kyle Gass: Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals


Backing Band: John Konesky: Electric Guitar
John Spiker: Bass Guitar
Dave Grohl: Percussion

Past Releases:Tenacious D, 2001
The Pick Of Destiny, 2006


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Comments:Add a Comment 
FictionalFlames
June 20th 2012


1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

don't do track by track reviews.

breakingthefragile
June 20th 2012


2961 Comments


Yeah man, some advice, don't do track by tracks. It's just that they hinder your writing capability. Barely anyone in the sputnik community takes kindly to the style.

Sledgehammah
June 20th 2012


21 Comments


I wasn't really that into Tenacious D, but I might have to give this a go. Great review BTW.

Masochist
June 20th 2012


8051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Okay, I'm going to point out a few things:

Well, this is my first review so don't judge me. But, you are going to judge me, this is the
internet. Anyways,


Don't put this in the actual review, save it for the first comment.

Rize of the Fenix, the long awaited followup to their 2006 release The Pick Of Destiny and
its companion film.


I think this sentence should read, "Rize of the Fenix" is the long awaited...." And it's
really just the follow-up to the soundtrack, but that's beyond the point.

As for the review itself...well, I couldn't really get much information about the songs out of it.
The one advantage of doing a track-by-track review of an album is that you can highlight the
strengths and weaknesses of each song, and go into detail about them so that people know what
they're getting into. The thing about this is, I still don't know much about these songs except
what they're about (and most of that is evident by each song's title), and whether or not you
recommend them...and that much information could've been reduced down to a list of "Recommended
Tracks" that you might see at the end of a traditional review.

The description for the title track is pretty good--you described the sound with details beyond
"science-fictiony," and I know what to expect when I listen to it. You might expand on it a bit,
but for your first review, that's what most all of these should be in a TBT. In the future, I'd
omit statements like these:

Hard to explain it


I usually skip it.


Overall, not terrible for a first review, but there's definitely room for improvement; just don't
stop writing ;-).

And, as a matter of personal opinion, I think "The Ballad of Hollywood Jack and the Rage Kage" is
one of the top 3 songs on here.

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Spec
June 20th 2012


27190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Roadie is awesome.

Spec
June 20th 2012


27190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

He's just playing his part nigga.

Dknight333
June 20th 2012


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank for the advice, guys.

omnipanzer
June 20th 2012


21621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I wasn't really that into Tenacious D, but I might have to give this a go. Great review BTW."


s/t is all you need... when you love it come back to this and skip PoD imho.

Digging: We Were Promised Jetpacks - Unravelling

Dknight333
June 20th 2012


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I will leave the decision up to you for my next review: Wasting Light by the Foo Fighters or Mezmerize by System of a Down

omnipanzer
June 20th 2012


21621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Sput hates Track by Track reviews but it's fine for a first.

Have an "I hope you get better" POS sir.

Dknight333
June 20th 2012


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Maybe American Idiot



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