Flight of the Conchords: Flight of the Conchords

By: Scott Caffrey

Bah! I shoulda known better. In my heart of hearts, I thought Flight of the Conchords' self-titled full-length was going to give me more than a partial soundtrack to the show. So fine, maybe I wasn't paying attention. But did they really have to go and mine most of their Grammy-winning EP, The Distant Future, to fill it out? Especially when they left off a solid handful of gems? Maybe I'm misguided, but I think they're better than this and capable of an album's worth of new material.

They could be New Zealand's answer to Ween. But to their credit, Jemaine Clement (bass) and Bret McKenzie (guitar) are comedians first, talented songwriters second. And, ho ho, they are deadly funny, and the music is all really good. It's relatively simple, homemade pop set to some crucially funny lyrics about these not-so-rockstars living the dream in their head. A listener not hipped to the show won't get all the jokes; i.e. just hearing "Bowie" isn't even getting half the humor. But Flight of the Conchords will prove a worthy addition to good-humored summer deck dwelling. "Robots" is absurdly funny, even without their cardboard costumes, and Clement's Prince-ly falsetto in "The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room" will make any Purple fan chuckle.

Being that this is a partial soundtrack to their show's first season, therein lies the second bummer – notable omissions. Rather than bore you with a wish list, I'll just say the omission of "Who Likes to Rock the Party" is completely disheartening.

However, it was my own expectations for their potential that ultimately soured my attitude on this record. For the uninitiated who like a laugh, this is my lock of the summer – you're bound to love it. For the diehard, you can look elsewhere, unless you just can't live without the sweet pullout illustrated poster of the boys. A second season has been confirmed, details of which are nil at the moment. So, here's to hoping the Conchords can get back to work with some fresh material.

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[Published on: 7/18/08]

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Comments

iwantstogetfunkedup starstarstar Fri 7/18/2008 02:42PM
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I agree with the review. Something new and/or not the EP would have been nice but these 2 guys are still funny as all hell!

All Loving Liberal White Guy Fri 7/18/2008 02:42PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

"yeah my lyrics are sexist/but all you lovely bitches and hoes should know i'm tryin to correct this"

sleewell Fri 7/18/2008 04:28PM
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sleewell

If "It's Business Time" is on the cd its worth the price for sure.

jammasterjustin Sat 7/19/2008 04:55PM
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that show is hilarious

keenan41 Mon 7/21/2008 06:23AM
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keenan41

What's funnier is that this album came out 3 months ago... But yes, the show is definitely top notch, as is the album.

chinacatsunflower1989 starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/22/2008 10:59AM
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chinacatsunflower1989

these guys are very good at what they do: make people laugh. they are like tenacious D's strange, funnier cousin from new zealand. i wonder, does Murray make any appearances of the album?!

Makisupa star Tue 7/22/2008 02:55PM
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onthemoon Wed 7/23/2008 11:21AM
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onthemoon

if you get a chance, see these guys live. hilarious banter and audience interaction they're fucking great

MrKnowitall starstar Wed 7/23/2008 12:53PM
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I cannot think of a less relavent album to review. Hyprocritically speaking, It's kind of baby-like to comment on an album like this.

Conjugal Burning Wed 7/23/2008 03:32PM
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Conjugal Burning

That album art is freaking sick!! sorry, am I baby-like Mr. Knowitall? my bad dude

Justin Ward starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/28/2008 06:32AM
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Justin Ward

"Who wants to rock the party? NEW ZEALAND LIKES TO ROCK THE PARTY!"