A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there's some sexy and violent language on this CD from the comedic HBO duo, but as obvious parody; any and all edginess is softened with goofball humor. "Mutha 'Uckas" and "Think About It, Think About It" are two examples of songs that make loving fun of contemporary pop music with ridiculous comic twists.
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What's the story?
Tongue planted firmly in cheek, the FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS CD delivers equal-opportunity send-ups of just about every genre of pop music, with the hilarious lyrics and deadpan earnestness that fans have come to love on their popular HBO TV series. Any project that delivers lines like "sweet sixteen, not M-16s" or "they call me the hiphop-potamus/my lyrics are bottomless" with such irresistible, absurdist sincerity, is certain to appeal to families familiar with the TV show -- and may even attract some new fans as well.
Is it any good?
Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement's intense wall of acoustic-guitar mush, backed by some kick-ass session players, create the perfect ambiance for lyrics that easily beat out most pop music in the cleverness department -- as in the droll, witty, and bittersweet "Inner City Pressure" ("Counting coins on the counter of the 7-Eleven from a quarter past six till a quarter past seven/the manager starts to abuse me/hey man, I just want some muesli"). The thing about the Flight of the Conchords' new CD is that, despite all the goofball sarcasm, it's really good.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether or not you'd "get" this CD if you weren't already a fan of the HBO series. Are these songs all inside jokes, or do you think people who don't watch the show would like them, too? Do you think humorous commentary is more acceptable when it comes out of parody?