A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that although this album's humor is good-natured and mainly self-effacing, the language and sexual themes make the songs only appropriate for older audiences. The album covers adult themes like prostitution, the male anatomy, and cannibalism. Even though the songs are silly, they're not anything you'd want the kids repeating.
What's the story?
As the sixth album for the New Zealand comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, I TOLD YOU I WAS FREAKY gives fair warning to the humor that awaits. Similar in comedy style to the SNL-inspired,Â Lonely Island, this comedy pair poke fun at themselves and their pseudo-playboy image. You might recognize the band's name from its HBO/Comedy Central series of the same name. This album follows the same path as the television series, with reality mixing with fictionalized humor to create comical tales, usually of failed romantic pursuits.Â
Is it any good?
The comedy team of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement are a truly likeable pair whose comedy might be bawdy and brash at times, but whose good-naturedness always seems to shine through. There are some very inspired moments on this album, like the ghosts of girlfriends past-inspired "Carol Brown" and the heart-warmingly sincere "Hurt Feelings." These and a few other tracks demonstrate the pair's courage to be irreverent and honest. The more sexually-charged tracks aren't as funny (although "Too Many D--ks on the Dance Floor" should inspire a giggle) because they usually rely on one punchline to see the songs through. As a whole, the album is made stronger by a quality music foundation that makes the jokes something that's actually worth listening to, even when you aren't looking for a belly laugh.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about humor and why sex, body parts and gross topics are popular subjects for comedians. Do you understand when a performer is using sarcasm to be funny? Do you know when not to take a performer seriously or is it hard sometimes to figure out what's a joke and what's sincere?
Several of the songs on this album sexualize men and their bodies in a humorous way. Are men seen as sex objects as frequently as women? Do you think boys and men feel pressure to have good looks and an attractive body?
Families can talk about responsible behavior with their teens. Does the media sometimes promote risky sexual behavior or promiscuity?
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