Tenacious D – Rize of the Fenix

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Hi everyone! This is my first blog post – hope you enjoy it!

Tenacious D are a seriously awesome comedy rock band, consisting of Jack Black and Kyle Gass. Fans are used to waiting a long time for new material from The D. Their debut self-titled album came out in 2001 and was a hard hitting F-bomb filled delight, which became most famous for the song “Tribute”. Five years later, the band released The Pick of Destiny, a soundtrack album to the accompanying film of the same name that starred the band. Unfortunately, the movie was a box-office bomb, which is a shame but perhaps not surprising because it only appealed to Tenacious D fans. This year, the band is back with a vengeance with their third record, Rize of the Fenix.

I am pleased to announce that Rize of the Fenix will not disappoint fans, and will draw in new believers. The opening title track is…an absolutely perfect opening title track. It’s self referential in nature, and consists of three parts as the band describes its return and rise to power once again. This song will make any fan be glad that The D are back. The next track, “Low Hangin’ Fruit”, can be described as a delicious, innuendo-filled, classic Tenacious D track. It rocks hard, and one can even dance to it.

The next track is a skit, and there’s another skit a few more tracks in. Both skits are funny, but neither of them are as creative or as memorable as the skits on the first album. Many of the skits on that album were based on concepts such as “One Note Song” and “Inward Singing”. Of course it’s not the skits that matter, but the songs.

There are some more really good songs on Rize of the Fenix, such as my personal favourite, “Roadie”. “To Be The Best” is the best one-minute song I have ever heard, and is a fantastic nod to the 80’s. It reminded me of Joe Esposito’s “You’re the Best”. There are also some filler tracks, such as “Throw Down” and “They Fucked Our Asses”, which lack the creative spark of the other songs. The two bonus tracks aren’t anything special, though “Quantum Leap” is pretty catchy.

Overall, I highly recommend this album to everyone. Tenacious D fans will definitely love it. The album is better than The Pick of Destiny. While the skits are not as strong as the ones on the debut, the songs are just as good, if not better. If you have never gotten into Tenacious D and are unsure if you would like them, watch the music video below for “To Be The Best”. I think it will speak for itself, and I promise that if you like it, you are officially a Tenacious D fan.

I rate things out of 5, including halves. 0.5 is the lowest score. I give Rize of the Fenix 4/5. The bonus tracks did not impact the score. See the tracklist below, the ones in bold are my track picks.

1.

“Rize of the Fenix”  

5:53

2.

“Low Hangin’ Fruit”  

2:31

3.

“Classical Teacher” (Skit)

3:23

4.

“Señorita”

3:08

5.

“Deth Starr”

4:46

6.

“Roadie”  

2:58

7.

“Flutes & Trombones” (Skit)

1:28

8.

“The Ballad of Hollywood Jack and the Rage Kage”  

5:05

9.

“Throw Down”

2:56

10.

“Rock Is Dead”

1:44

11.

“They Fucked Our Asses” (“They Chucked Our Basses” on the clean version)

1:08

12.

“To Be the Best”  

1:00

13.

“39”

Deluxe edition bonus tracks
14. “Quantum Leap” 3:50
15. “Rivers of Brown” 1:23

5:16

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