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2011 release from the biggest selling comedy recording artist of all time. Weird Al has returned with Alpocalypse, his first full-length studio album in nearly five years. The first single from the album was the Lady Gaga parody "Perform This Way". The song has Lady Gaga's full approval and blessing. Alpocalypse also features parodies of Miley Cyrus ("Party In The CIA"), Taylor Swift ("TMZ") and B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars ("Another Tattoo"). The album's requisite polka medley -"Polka Face" -features accordion-driven versions of songs by the biggest artists of the day, including Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Britney Spears, P!nk, Lady Antebellum and Katy Perry.
|Vinyl Release Date:||July 26, 2011|
|Number Of Discs:||1|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 122 reviews|
|1. ||Perform This Way (Parody of "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga)|
|3. ||TMZ (Parody of "You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift)|
|4. ||Skipper Dan|
|5. ||Polka Face; Liechtensteiner Polka\ Poker Face\ Womanizer\ Right Round\ Day 'N' Nite\ Need You Now\ Baby\ So What\ I Kissed A Girl\ Fireflies\ Blame It\ Replay\ Down\ Break Your Heart\ Tick Tolk Polka\ Tik Tok\ Whatever's Left Over Polka|
|7. ||Party In The CIA (Parody of "Party In The U.S.A." by Miley Cyrus)|
|9. ||Another Tattoo (Parody of "Nothin' On You" by B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars)|
|10. ||If That Isn't|
|11. ||Whatever You Like (Parody of "Whatever You Like" by T.I.)|
|12. ||Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me|
|Average Customer Review: ( 122 customer reviews )
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43 of 48 found the following review helpful:
Put AL in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!!! - Not Kidding Either!!! - by: "not" Al's Mom Jun 21, 2011
"Weird Al" Yankovic is by far the greatest Parody artist in the history of the world; let him in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!!! -No Joke! This album is hilarious, why, because modern music is SO ridiculous, and you are truly reminded of that fact when you hear these tracks... His versions of modern songs are often better than the originals on many levels. This album has the Polka, the Parody, the Comedy, and the Musicality, plus everything that you expect from Al. It will rank it up with some of Al's greatest, although I'm not trying to have that debate. Just Eat It!
Everybody will love the video for "Perform This Way," without the vid, the song holds up just fine as well. "TMZ," goes beyond simple musical parody as it parodies the entire modern world of pop culture. "Another Tattoo," "Party in the CIA," & "Whatever You Like," are fun. His originals are not so much filler as they make quality additions to the album as a whole, and have influence ranging from Queen, to The White Stripes. The only real low point of the album comes with the track "Isn't TIf That Isn't Love," for my tastes anyways. My favorite track by far and away, however, is "Polka Face," as he continues the tradition of dropping a bad-ass Polka track on every album!!! Would love to hear an all out Polka-jam album from Al , one day.
Come on people, give it up to Al, he has proven time and time again that he is the sole master of this medium over the last 28+ years, he deserves respect. If you don't give him the respect of the R&R Hall of Fame, at least afford him the respect of changing your cheesy "Ringtone" and "Stop Forwarding..." that crap e-mail to him, he really can't take it!!! He is passionate about it, he's not kidding, and while you are at it "Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me," and everybody else too. Dare to Be Stupid and buy this album!
26 of 30 found the following review helpful:
Al's Still Big - It's the Music That Got Small Jun 27, 2011
By Patrick J. Sullivan
Weird Al Yankovic's latest mix of parody songs and original tunes is not his best offering. But he probably does almost as well as he can do here, given the poor grist that today's popular music scene provides for a parodist. I give it a mixed and cautious four stars; the album will definitely appeal sufficiently to longtime Al fans. But for those who would need it to contain the next breakout White & Nerdy in order to buy a whole Weird Al album, this collection is not for you.
The album's biggest weakness is its centerpiece track, Perform This Way. The parody is complicated by the fact that Lady Gaga's "original" Born This Way is already an unintentional (though still unadmitted) parody of Madonna's Express Yourself, as the singer herself is already a bad parody of Ms. Ciccone. In his lyrics Al does not even attempt to out-bleat Gaga's pious PC cant about the wonders of tolerance; instead he attempts to ridicule the antics of the singer herself. But Gaga is essentially beyond parodying; once someone has worn a dress made of meat to a major public function... Al's attempts to ratchet up the megalomania can never really exceed what might be plausible in this particular case. Beyond that, the song is just dreary.
More successful is TMZ, which twists Taylor Swift's You Belong With Me (probably the catchiest pop song parodied here) into a look at celebrity culture, bemoaning the fact that today's celebs can't even go off on a racist rant without being captured on Youtube. TMZ is the closest that Alpocalypse comes to having a truly standout parody track. Miley Cyrus's sugary Party in the USA is redone as Party at the CIA, and the clash between the saccharine original and Al's lyrics about waterboarding and political assassination is amusing. Two other full-length parodies are largely unmemorable. The usual polka medley covers a large number of songs, but I found it a bit less entertaining than the prior two albums' similar tracks, thanks to the overrepresentation here of bad bubblegum and hip-hop.
Al's original songs, as usual, contain more inventive and biting lyrics than many of the pure parodies do. There is a bit of a stale feeling to a few of them - Craigslist essentially updates Al's song eBay into the early 2010s instead of eBay's early 2000s. Several of Alpocalypse's "relationship from hell" songs could practically stand as reworkings of Do I Creep You Out? or similar offerings. And I feel that of late Al has labored too hard on the style aspect of his style parodies at the expense of pure humor. Craigslist is a reverent reworking of a typical Doors song (e.g., 20th Century Fox), complete with the Doors' Ray Manzarek on keyboards. But it's not very funny. Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me is a heartfelt plea to do just as the title requests, in the style of a bombastic Meatloaf ballad as written by Jim Steinman. It ends the album on a very strong note. Al wisely does not attempt to duplicate the operatic stylings of Meatloaf.
Nor does he try to vocally compete with the memory of Freddy Mercury in his low-key homage to the melodic side of Queen, Ringtone. Skipper Dan (the story of a once-promising thespian, eventually relegated to conducting a theme park's Jungle Cruise tour 34 times daily) is billed as a style parody of Weezer, but I did not even recognize it as such at first. It is more reminiscent of recent stripped-down Weezer (think Pork and Beans) than of In the Garage, Buddy Holly, or Pink Triangle.
Despite the lack of any one standout track, overall the album contains more than enough humorous and sharp observations of contemporary fads and practices to justify its existence - and its purchase, for those of us of the generation to be in Al's wheelhouse. There is no Smells Like Nirvana here, but Weird Al is at the mercy of the music industry, and what they have done to mainstream music since he first rode to prominence on Queen's bus has really hampered his or anyone's abilities to create truly great musical parodies. Of course, White & Nerdy proved that Al does not need great music to make a classic parody. He probably just needs something better than Gaga can provide.
28 of 34 found the following review helpful:
Weird Al still has it! Jun 21, 2011
Another excellent album from Weird Al. While I don't think this is quite as good as Straight Outta Lynwood, Alpocalypse is a must have for any Weird Al fan and proves that the parody master still has it.
One of my personal favorites on the album is "TMZ", which is a parody of Taylor Swift's "You Belong to Me" and probably the best song on the album. While this parody is sure to be overlooked, it's really funny and completely bashes the tabloid website that the song is about.
The polka melody is definitely the greatest yet and is really catchy. Weird Al even accomplishes the impossible by making "Baby" sound bearable.
Of course, the song receiving the most attention in the media is the Lady Gaga parody, "Preform This Way". "Preform This Way" is a funny enough song but it's certainly not an instant classic like "White and Nerdy" was. Still, it's a worthy lead single and a first-rate song at that.
I greatly enjoyed Alpocalypse and it lives up to my expectations. I'm sure all of Weird Al's fans will be satisfied by it. My only complaint is five of the songs were released nearly two years ago and it would have been nice if all twelve songs had been completely new. Regardless, Alpocalypse is a good edition to Weird Al's long list of superb albums.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Joy to the End of the World Jul 14, 2011
By Pyanfar Chanur
Weird Al has done it again, and if you've been following his career for a long time, you can see that as an artist he's grown immensely. "Alpocalypse" is a hilarious album not just for its parodies: just like the album "Poodle Hat", we also get some great stylistic spoofs and genuinely funny original tunes, too.
Of course the highlight of the album is "Perform This Way", a pardoy of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" that pokes gentle fun at her unusual antics.
"CNR" takes the Chuck Norris memes and makes up a ridiculously over-the-top treatment of Charles Nelson Reilly. It's a direct poke at Jack White, and I'm sure White is tickled at how it combines the sounds of his bands The White Stripes ("the Denial Twist") and The Raconteurs ("Carolina Drama") so cleverly.
"TMZ" uses Taylor Swift's "You Belong To Me" to make fun of the paparazzi noise surrounding celebrities, and their merciless hounding and sensationalism. It's one of those half-funny, half-serious works of satire.
"Skipper Dan" is an Al original about a would-be great actor who perhaps made some bad choices in life. Lyrically it's certainly clever, but the music is also entertaining to listen to, in a folk/pop kind of way. The A capella vocal accompaniments really tickle me and add to the humor.
As with all things Al, we have a polka mash-up of famous songs: "Polka Face". Since half of the fun of these is catching wind of which Top 40 hit just got the polka treatment, I'll leave the details to you to discover.
"Craigslist" is another brilliant style piece, this time in the sound of The Doors. Al does surprisingly well mimicking Jim Morrison, right down to the soft bridge where he reads poetry, and all of it poking fun at the sort of posts you find on Craigslist. It even features The Doors' Ray Manzarek on keyboards!
"Party in the CIA" is probably the closest Al has come to political statements. A parody of Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA", it's definitely not afraid to mention waterboarding and regime-toppling in the same cheery, perky singing voice of the original. Like the original, it's unbelievably catchy.
"Ringtone" is to my mind the weakest track, but the fact that it's performed in the style of Queen makes it entertaining just the same. This one's fairly obvious - a guy with a ringtone nobody likes.
"Another Tattoo" parodies "Nothin' on You'" by B.o.B. and features Bruno Mars. It's a pretty funny (and again, obvious) song but you'll be impressed with how Al stretches his singing voice to make it sound just right.
With "If That Isn't Love" we get another Al original. It's hilarious, and in a more upbeat way like a rehash of "Do I Creep You Out". Musically he's got the idea of making a sweet love ballad sound just right, while the lyrics are all oh-so-wrong.
"Whatever you Like" was recorded earlier and like some of the other songs here, is even available here on the E.P. "Internet Leaks". A parody of T.I.'s song by the same name, it twists the rap braggadoccio around and plays up how awesomely frugal a guy can be for his lady.
And to close out the album, it's obvious that Weird Al put a great deal of effort into the song "Stop Forwarding that Carp to Me" (Amazon won't let me type the actual "c" word here). A soaring, overproduced mega-song, it's wonderful how passionately he goes on a rant about obnoxious e-mail forwards.
It's funny how over the years some artists have said Weird Al wouldn't last, while others have measured their fame by whether Al contacted them wanting to do a parody. Either way, "Alpocalypse" shows that music's King of Funny is still brilliant and still relevant. If you're already a Weird Al fan like I am, I don't think you'll be disappointed. If you aren't...well, now's a good time to start. :)
7 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Unless you are collecting, you might want to preview first Jun 22, 2011
Based on the Amazon star rating, I should be giving this 3 stars for "It's OK", but I have a hard time doing that for an artist I have been collecting from the start.
Part of the issue for this album for me, is that I pretty much don't like any of the original songs that are parodied this time around. Normally this hasn't been an issue in past Albums. I certainly have not liked many originals that Al has parodied and yet still enjoyed or even loved his version. This time around it just didn't work for me. I pretty much only loved Perform This Way, which is shown for free in HD on Youtube, etc. And I enjoyed Another Tattoo. Other than that, I really didn't enjoy this album. I also normally like his Palka freestyle songs. Not all of them, but many of them. But not this time around.
As for the DVD. Again, if you are not set on collecting everything AL, you might want to just go with digital purchases of specific songs or get the Standard CD without the DVD. The DVD doesn't include Perform This Way. And what is included is mostly not live acting music videos and feels more like a website. And again, of mostly songs I didn't like the audio for anyway from the CD.
So I mostly say this album is a 3/5 stars. But I am giving it a +1 star just for the fact that Al continues to release Albums even if they are far between.
As for the physical product. As others have mentioned, it does not state what type of case it comes with. And it doesn't come with a standard hard jewel case. Which is important as it doesn't look at nice in your collection of Al. It's a folded sleeve style paper case. No plastic at all. I guess that is earth friendly, except the CD... lol. But the case isn't so bad that I am basing stars on it.
Again, if you basically don't own all the Al Albums and DVDs, you might want to seriously consider previewing the tracks and buying on a one by one basis or saving money and buying just the CD only standard edition.
But if you preview it and love it... there you go.
Actually, I am pretty disappointed. I was really hoping for another Straight Outta Lynwood, Bad Hair Day, or Off the Deep End. Actually, I would say this is probably one, if not the least favorite Albums of Al's. I was super impressed with his last 6 before this. And loved his older stuff also most than this album. FYI, I am 34, so I was in early grade school when he first came out.
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