Flight of the Conchordsfollow the release of their six-trackGrammy Award-nominatedGrammy Award-winning(it’s true!)CDEPThe Distant Futurewith their full-length record album debut, the conveniently titledFlight of the Conchords(which, not at all coincidentally, is also the name of theirHBOtelevision series). Produced by Mickey Petralia (BeckMidnight Vultures, LadytronLight & Magic) in Los Angeles, New York and Wellington, the album features fully fleshed-out and professionally recorded versions of Flight of the Conchords concertandtelevision favorites. And its release finally renders pointless all the inexpert fan-made audio transfers (the modern day equivalent of holding a microphone up to the television speaker and shouting at your mom to be quiet), which have bloated hard drives the world over. The songs are heard here in expanded but reverent arrangements. Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement’s trademark acoustic guitars lead the blitz, backed by a diverse array of instrumentation and production technique.
And, the album sounds legitimate and musically, it’s incredible, but, as Shakespeare said, “Does it funny?” Happily, yes. If amazing, delightful and hilarious is your idea of funny, then prepare for undisappointment! These 15 songs pay homage to Pet Shop Boys, censorship, Marvin Gaye, sexism, Shabba Ranks, and backhanded compliments. To be blunt, if you can’t find arire ou sourirein theFSLstudy guide of opening track, “Foux du Fafa,” then, please notice,vous êtes malade.