The Lonely Island, THE WACK ALBUM (deluxe version)
On The Wack Album the comic trio sing about everything from punctuation ("Semicolon") to a fashion statement or malfunction ("You've Got the Look") to offering compliments to each other ("Compliments") to even a version of maturity ("Diaper Money"). There are plenty of guest singers here -- including Lady Gaga, Billie Joe Armstrong, T-Pain, and Justin Timberlake -- but this remains the comics' focus.
And The Wack Album works very well. Many of the jokes are unexpected, whether adding a new twist to teen partying in "Spring Break Anthem" or turning the youthful slogan "You only live once" into a paranoid rant in "YOLO." On "Spell It Out" Samberg delivers his lyrics one letter at a time, while "Hugs" and "I Don't Give a Honk" replace profanity with G-rated terms very well. Best of all, there aren't the "filler" songs on past albums that may have seemed like a good idea in theory but were just weird without being funny. The Wack Album delivers its laughs from start to finish.
(The deluxe version also comes with a DVD with several music videos, plus their 100th Saturday Night Live digital short. These are all terrific.)
Overall grade: A-
Reviewed by James Lynch