November 2, 2006

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Weird Al Yankovic, Straight Outta Lynnwood
Volcano Records, 2006

Who else would Allah trust to lose sleep over what to rhyme with "I'm fluent in Javascript as well as Klingon" in an effort to make a Wacky Package out of Chamillionaire's "Ridin"? Weird Al rises from the grave to shove a grubby thumb in the here-now commercial rock pie, at times outdoing the very objects of his derision. "Canadian Idiot" gives him a chance to slap on the old Flying V and grind Green Day's faces into the playground dirt, while the hiphop parodies are as slick as the originals, simply because, well look, even Weird Al can do that. Irony of ironies, he's an entertainment brand himself, though, so Weezer's "Beverly Hills," Modest Mouse's "Float On" and Pussycat Dolls' "Dontcha" get a simultaneous Sledge-O-Matic-ing from his accordion in one oh-the-humanity Lawrence Welk mash ("Polkarama"). Already blazing a trail of geek-babble is its DualDisc-ness, thus it should be duly noted here that a 3-gig Gateway running P Media Edition and a totally unnecessary dual-sided DVD burner had no problem with the flipping-over part, and both CD and DVD played fine. Along with disposable nuts-and-bolts studio footage and some cartoon videos, the DVD MTV-izes the Beach Boys-like original "Pancreas" in a '50s motif of shiny happy people worshipping a giant multifunctional digestive/endocrinal organ. B

Eric W. Saeger