The Lonely Island blew onto the scene with their first ever original SNL Digital Short with “Lazy Sunday” and had instant successes with their freshman and sophomore releases Incredibad and Turtleneck & Chain; the latter being a comedy masterpiece.
Finally, after two years of waiting, came ‘The Wack Album’, announced back in January. Buzz filled social media websites and a frenzy of anticipation until reality settled in. The band started their #wackwednesdays campaign and released eight singles, which is a ridiculous amount for an album with so-so songs.
The album kicks off with “Dramatic Intro”, which is nowhere near the velocity of the opening “Who Said We’re Wack?” or “We’re Back” from the first two albums. The second track is a little more notable and features Robyn on the track, although the song isn’t as funny without the accompanying video released online alongside the CD, but not featured on the DVD for some reason (meaning this version isn’t even the definitive one).
The biggest problem with the album is that while it retains the rap half the original album contained, it completely ignores the comedy that should have been there in the first place, so it’s just not as funny on its own or compared to the other albums.
Most of the album seems pretty bland considering a plethora of guests like Adam Levine, Solange, Billie Joe Armstrong, T-Pain, Kristen Wiig and oddly enough, Hugh Jackman. It’s still wacky and not exactly a boring listen, but it’s definitely not funny either. “I Don’t Give A Honk” completely steals the fun from “Punch You In The Jeans” and just feels like a complete rip off of their own song. I couldn’t tell the difference between the two the first few seconds.
It’s too bad they couldn’t at least secure the rights to “Iran So Far,” it would have been the best track on the album. Maybe the next LP will be fresh, or at least not phoned in.
2 out of 4. Film-social.com
Stick to purchasing the best tracks on iTunes like “YOLO,” “Hugs” and “Spring Break Anthem” then listen to the first two albums on repeat.