Tenacious D – Rize of the Fenix

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Tenacious D
Rize of the Fenix
Columbia 

I wouldn’t want to give too much away about Tenacious D’s third album, ‘Rize of the Fenix’, because like with any comedy proposition, giving too much away spoils the surprise and indeed, loathe as I am to say it, the novelty. Still, while ‘The Pick of Destiny’ wasn’t a bad album, ‘Rize of the Fenix’ unashamedly blows it out of the water. It retains the classic brand of D’s humour and approach to rock, making it more grandiose, naturally funnier and wholeheartedly rockin’.

As ever with Jables and Kage, there’s a whole variety of the usual D trademark stuff, so there’s a couple of skits, which are thankfully very amusing, but importantly there’s more focus on the music itself. The longer tracks in particular are Tenacious D at their best. The opening title track tackles their box-office failure and even contemplates a world without the D, and Black’s vocal range is given full proverbial flight. Black’s vocals soar again on ‘The Roadie’, a grand tale about being (yes) a roadie, and ‘The Ballad of Hollywood Jack and the Rage Kage’. The album’s more frenetic moments aren’t too bad either, ‘Deth Starr’ in particular being fairly rifftastic. They haven’t lost any notion of being even a little crass, but overall, this is the most mature sounding Tenacious D album yet, both lyrically and musically. For a comedy rock album to be deemed a masterpiece might be stretching it far – but this is as accomplished as the D’s debut and indeed one of the most rocking experiences you’ll have all year. Grab a beer and crank this up. The D will live on! 

Peter Clegg

Tenacious D – Rize of the Fenix

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