Album Review: Tenacious D – Rize Of The Fenix
After the release of their second album ‘The Pick of Destiny’ back in 2006, Jack Black wanted to focus more on his acting career and we all began thinking that Tenacious D would never release any new material again. But 2012 sees a third studio album called “Rize of the Fenix” being released. Will this new album from one of the bands that defined comedy rock blow you away or send you walking in the other direction?
The album consists of 12 hysterical tracks that don’t fail to knock you on your funny bone. The title track ‘Rize of the Fenix’ opens the album up with an aggressive acoustic guitar riff that carries the song with vocals from Black and Gass, this is one of the tracks on the album that stands out to me. The song talks about how fans of the band thought they would never release anything again, lyrics like “When The Pick of Destiny was released it was a bomb/and all the critics said that the D was done” explain this. The fourth track ‘Senorita’ is also one to look out for with its mexican horns that open the track and the fast guitar-playing and humorous lyrics.
Another track to keep your eye open for is ‘Roadie’ with it’s acoustic guitar riff and lyrics from Black that talk about being a roadie for a band, what they have to do and how they are treated, “well it’s 3pm/time to lock the gate/got to get it on the stage/my muscles flex/my f*cking sweat will save the day” explore the theme of the song well. This is one of the songs from the album where the drumming is at it’s best because Dave Grohl, a regular contributor, appears on it. Another song that strikes out is ‘Throw Down’ with it’s biblical references that talk about when Moses came down from the hill and how Jesus turned water into wine.
When you listen to ‘Rize of the Fenix’ prepare to be shocked and also expect to laugh along to the humorous lyrics and rock out to the impressive use of instruments such as acoustic guitars, drums and electric guitars.
If you are looking for something new and refreshing to listen to that will have you entertained with its funny lyrics and catchy choruses, then I definitely recommend that you listen to this album today and go out and buy it because I promise you will enjoy it every bit as much as I have.