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CD review: Tenacious D “Rize of the Fenix”

CD review: Tenacious D “Rize of the Fenix”
by Brandy McDonnell Published: May 25, 2012


Tenacious D ‘Rize of the Fenix' (Columbia Records)

The prominent orange-and-black sticker on the wrapper of Tenacious D's new CD bears the message “Warning! Not for children (or religious people). Censored.”

In other words, six years may have passed since lead singer/guitarist Jack Black and lead guitarist/singer Kyle Gass released their previous album, but the acoustic metal/comedy duo definitely hasn't outgrown their love for four-letter words, raunchy sexual humor and arena-filling rock anthems.

Like the rest of their catalog, which includes their platinum self-titled 2001 debut and the gold-certified soundtrack to their 2006 film flop “The Pick of Destiny,” “Rize of the Fenix” isn't intended for the easily offended.

But even if you find their sense of humor off-putting, you have to admire intrepid individuals who are willing and able to turn their failures into triumphs, and as the title indicates, “Rize of the Fenix” finds the D simultaneously spoofing and falling in line with a grand rock 'n' roll tradition: the comeback album.

The band reveals the album concept in the first line of the title and opening track, with Black crooning, “When ‘The Pick of Destiny' was released it was the bomb/And all the critics said that the deed was done” before growling “The D would rise again/Just like the phoenix.”

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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