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-
Like the rest of their catalog, which includes their platinum self-
But even if you find their sense of humor off-
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.”
Even the surprising sonic diversity of the album seems part of the joke, the sort of bet-
The duo pays homage to synthy 1980s soundtrack hits like “Eye of the Tiger” with “Simply the Best,” which provides the perfect launchpad for an uproarious comeback video featuring Val Kilmer, Josh Groban and Foo Fighter Dave Grohl.
Tenacious D and their third album are ultimately successful because they are equally capable of rocking your face off and making you laugh your head off. Black and Gass may not look like rock stars, but they can certainly play like them. Plus, they have their pal Grohl on drums for most tracks, and the rock standard-bearer, as usual, brings the thunder.
Tenacious D will play a sold-out July 21 show at Tulsa's Brady Theater. For more information, go to www.bradytheater.com.
— Brandy McDonnell