Sound — 9
By now, most of you should know Flight of the Conchords. Whether by their radio show, live shows, TV show, or maybe their last album, The Conchords have become quite popular. Being a fan of their live songs, I was glad to hear about a tv show based around the band. When I finally saw the show though, I was kind of disappointed by what had become of the songs. The songs that had you laughing at every other line had suddenly become kind of serious. Half of the songs from the first season's CD probably wouldn't be as funny without seeing them performed live, or the episode it came from. I think what made the second season work (at least for me) was the fresh batch of songs. For the second season, Bret and Jemaine had to sit down and write new songs, with no old songs to reuse. I think writing the songs this way turned out to be a good move: with the new songs being completely varied, with no two sounding alike (which I think the first album kind of suffered from). On this album they have rap (album opener Hurt Feelings), R&B (We're Both In Love With a Sexy Lady, a blatant parody of R. Kelly and Usher's Same Girl), reggae (You Don't Have to be a Prostitute, a Police parody) and list goes on, with each song having something to stand out from the rest.
Lyrics — 10
Oh the lyrics... The real reason we're listening, the only reason we keep listening to the Conchords. The lyrics do what they're meant to do, make you laugh, and they do it well. Whether the songs are about friendship, hurt feelings, fashion, "sugalumps" (testicles, if you don't know yet), or Jemaine's ex girlfriends, and how conveniently their names rhyme with how they left him. If you already know the band, you know how their lyrics are completely original, either being about something nobody's written songs about before, or using a topic like friends, and write a song nobody else could write.
Overall Impression — 9
I Told You I Was Freaky is a definite step up from the first season. They chose the best songs (many have complained about the last album not having the best choice in songs), although it could be that many of the other songs would not translate so well without the sight aspect. It's hard to choose a favourite song from the album, but I will say that I think my least favourites would have to be I Told You I Was Freaky, Angels, and Demon Woman. Although it seems the duo can write well under pressure, I hope they hold off on a third season (like they said they would) so they can focus on their musical aspect, giving them more time to tour, and more time to write new songs. If they can write these songs in less than 2 years, I'd like to see what they can do when they're not under pressure for new music.