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Don Giovanni
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The Null Corporation
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4AD
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Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Flight Of The Conchords
Flight Of The Conchords
Sub Pop

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


May 26, 2008
Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie make up "New Zealand's 4th Most Popular Folk Parody Duo," Flight Of The Conchords. In their HBO series of the same name, Clement and McKenzie have meetings with manager Murray, play "gigs" for an audience that usually consists solely of super-fan Mel, and look for love. No matter what happens, Clement and McKenzie always have each other for the simple reason that they are a perfect fit. The Conchords - who starred in a BBC radio series before landing on HBO - debut album proves that the duo is funny beyond the context of the television series because their odd stream of consciousness, ironies, and confessional asides are contained within the genres they inhabit.

On their album, Flight Of The Conchords approach a multitude of musical genres with the same deadpan na´vetÚ found in the television show. Part of what makes the duo charming goes beyond the fact that they are clueless; it has more to do with the fact that they seem unaware of how clever they actually are.

On "Inner City Pressure," a street conscious rap number/'80s David Bowie hybrid, McKenzie flows, "You don't know where you're going/ You cross the street/ You don't know why you did/ You walk back across the street." He goes on to rap about the struggles of inner city life: "You want to sit down/ But you sold your chair/ So you just stand there." On "Hiphopopotamus Vs. Ryhmenoceros," an alter-ego rap duel between McKenzie and Clement, the former (as Rhymenoceros) slings "My beat's phat/ And the birds are on my back/ And I'm horny," while the latter proclaims "I'm the Hiphopopotamus/ My lyrics are bottomless," which is the extent of the song's rhyming.

A short recap of each song would almost, but not quite, do Flight Of The Conchords justice. "Think About It" is a wake-up-and-think world awareness number taken to extremes; "Foux du Fafa" is a French ditty that comes across like random words strung together from an Intro to French text; "A Kiss Is Not a Contract" is finger-plucked singer-songwriter kitsch about how kissing won't lead to anything more. The list could go on and on.

Of course Flight of the Conchords are a bit of a novelty act, but that's precisely the point. The album does have its duds - like "The Prince of Parties" and "Boom" - but a cut like "The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)" makes the album entirely worthwhile. How could any girl resist a Kiwi serenade when Clement sings "Why don't we leave/ Let's go to my house and we could feel each other up on the couch/ Oh no, I don't mind taking it slow"? So sweet, so forward, and contradictory all at the same time - which is precisely what makes them so charming.

Reviewed by Patrick Gill
In in a state of suspended adolescence, Patrick Gill can be found hiding away in northwest Ohio, where he spends most of his time rediscovering shoegaze, noise pop, britpop, slowcore, sadcore, lo-fi, neo-psychedelia, post-rock, trad rock, and trip-hop music. In his spare time he teaches college English.

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