The Lonely Island 'Turtleneck and Chain': Track-By-Track Review
Fueled by wildly popular "Saturday Night Live" Digital Shorts gone viral, aided by superstar friends like Justin Timberlake and Nicki Minaj, and anchored by a comedy heart-throb: This is how one does comedy songs in the year 2011.
On the novelty rap trio the Lonely Island's sophomore album, "Turtleneck and Chain" (out today, May 10), we find Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone attempting to recreate the magic of hits like "Dick In A Box," which got so big, even your parents can recite the chorus (whether you want them to is another story). Their attempts are not lost, with "I Just Had Sex" (feat. Akon), "Shy Ronnie" (feat. Rihanna), and new single "Jack Sparrow" (aka, the greatest thing Michael Bolton has done in the last 10 years) reaching classic status via "SNL" Digital Shorts. From potty humor and Bromance jokes to something a bit more comically developed, "Turtleneck and Chain" runs the gamut, succeeding most notably when the Lonely Island's famous pals keep them focused on a singular subject.
How does the rest of "Turtleneck and Chain" measure up? Here's our Twitter-length track-by-track review of each song.
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1. "We're Back!" -- It wouldn't be a Lonely Island release without at least one very animated dick joke; this track fits in a few. Toilet humor lovers, rejoice!
2. "Mama" -- Aw, it's a Mama-loving rap track a la Kanye's "Hey Mama." Oh, wait... oh, no. I wonder whose mom is the annoying voice terrorizing the boys.
3. "I Just Had Sex" (feat. Akon) - Akon, 87 mill YouTubers thank you for this awkward, awesome gem. Also, preach it, Samberg: "Having sex can make a nice man out the meanest."
4. "Jack Sparrow" (feat. Michael Bolton) -- LI's latest single, propelled by SNL digital short. You'll hear a new subtle witticism with each pirate-filled listen; catchy, the album's highlight.
5. "Attracted to Us" (feat. Beck) -- Not only do Beck's vocals add instant indie cred, they're also the best part of this ode to shy guys. The electro-pop beat channels Matt & Kim.
6. "Rocky" -- Not every track can be comedy gold like "Dick In a Box" or "I'm On a Boat." Case in point. Scrawny Lonely Island dude challenges Rocky Balboa, gets ass kicked. Yawn.
7. "My Mic" -- A 20-second interlude that consists of the LI guys mic-checking in silly voices. It'll inspire a slight giggle.
8. "Turtleneck and Chain" (feat. Snoop Dogg) -- Club-worthy title track; by "club," I mean a 2nd-rate comedy joint. Few good lines: "Turtleneck thicker than Delta Burke swimming in a Guinness."
9. "Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie & Clyde" (feat. Rihanna) -- Thank you for getting Rihanna to say "boner alert." Could be a Ri-Ri single if we could somehow guarantee listeners paid no attention to the lyrics. Oh wait…
10. "Trouble on Dookie Island" -- Another angry rap track, more elaborate poop and "Scarface" references. The members of Lonely Island are men's men, you know?
11. "Falcor Vs. Atreyu - Classy Skit #1" -- This 30-sec interlude is for fans of "The NeverEnding Story," not the crappy metalcore band. Warning: You might have no idea what's going on.
12. "Motherlover" (feat. Justin Timberlake) -- This could be the closest we get to new JT music this year, and we'll gladly take it. Schtupping someone else's mother never sounded so good.
13. "The Creep" (feat. Nicki Minaj & John Waters) -- "The Creep" will always be better in digital short form, but Nicki Minaj -- & her super-cute monster voice -- remains the standout. Pure swag.
14. "Watch Me Do Me - Classy Skit #2" -- Starts off as some sort of "hard" Eminem impersonation, ends in a masturbation session. You might want to skip this one.
15. "Threw It On The Ground" -- This is one rap track Tina Fey's "30 Rock" character could get behind, except she would take the free hot dogs instead of being offended. "Ain't no party like a Liz Lemon party."
16. "Japan" -- If you've ever wondered, "What's the deal with white dudes loving Japan?" this is the track for you. Also doubles as a critique of excess in the music biz.
17. "After Party" (feat. Santigold) -- Samberg raps about the sad reality of partying & losing it all on this Santigold-assisted club-banger. A few humorous lines will cheer you up.
18. & 19. "No Homo" / "No Homo Outro" - In a novelty rap album from 3 comedians in 2011, the topic of Bromance was bound to come up. About as clever as the "You know how I know you're gay?" scene from "The 40 Year Old Virgin." A little more vulgar.