Thursday, November 5, 2009

"There's no such name as Brahbrah"

What's the name of that band?

It's right there in mind, but I can't quite grasp it...

Oh yes, Flight Of The Conchords! Those cheeky New Zealanders have released a CD of songs from Season Two of their HBO series. In case you're not familiar with these humorous Kiwis, here's a sample:

So how do the new songs compare with the breakthrough collection from Season One released in 2008? Not bad at all. There aren't any bust-a-gut genius tracks like "Business Time" or "Robot" or a brilliant spoof/tribute like "Bowie" (on YouTube) but Jermaine and Bret have come up with a consistent set of tracks that put a smile on my face from the first track "Hurt Feelings" (exposing rappers' sensitive side) through to the finale "Angels," complete with heavenly choir. A highlight for me is "Petrov, Yelyena and Me" which sounds like Ween doing a cabaret sendup. I give them a lot of credit for coming up with such a variety of material in one year while producting a TV show and recording the songs. If this is a "sophomore slump," it's only in comparison to the heights achieve on their first season/album.

If you're a fan of the show, you've probably already heard the songs in truncated form anyway. The CD just lets you hear them in full, in the car or on your iPod while walking, without the distraction of the episode plot. Good to have them around.

I hope they do another season, but I've read that they found the whole experience of filming a TV show quite exhausting, and I predict this will be it...for the show, not for the Conchords themselves. I have a feeling they will go on longer than that other famous pop/folk duo, Simon & Garfunkel, that they so skillfully impersonate in Episode 7.

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