On Tuesday of this week the ever-present Weird Al Yankovic released his 14th studio album, “Mandatory Fun.” This is the first album he has released since 2011’s “Alpocalypse” and, in this blogger’s humble opinion, it’s every bit as good as Weird Al has ever been. In today’s super-speed online world, there are parodies of songs up withing days for the big hits, so what Weird Al lacks in timeliness, he always makes up for in quality. People still dig Weird Al and, with parodies of hits like “Blurred Lines”, “Fancy”, and “Royals” (all songs still in heavy radio rotation) I think that Al has hit the mark again. But you don’t need me to tell you that. In fact, for this release, Al has been releasing a music video a day this week with three more to come Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. So as to preserve loading speeds, catch the videos and the entire album after the break (or click on the article title.)
Tacky (parody of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams)
This one is great just for the cameos and horrible outfits. I like Kristen Schaal and Jack Black especially. Also, Aisha Tyler, though trying to look tacky, kinda hot in the video, right?
Word Crimes (parody of “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke)
This one is a tie for my favorite so far. I hate the song Blurred Lines, but I could listen to this all day because, let’s face it, I love to correct people’s grammar. I’m that guy. Have fun searching through all of my pieces to throw some grammatical/spelling errors back in my face. I deserve it for sure.
Foil (Parody of “Royals” by Lorde)
This one was on it’s way to my least favorite when it starts out talking about food. Food is one of Weird Al’s most common tropes. Trust me though, you want to hang around for the second half of the song, I won’t ruin the end of the video for you. The last minute of the song catapults it to the top position along with Word Crimes. It’s amazing.
Handy (Parody of “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea)
Sports Song (an Original)
This one isn’t the best, but I wouldn’t mind a “We’re Great, and you SUCK!” chant at some sporting events. That could be fun.
All in all, this is a pretty solid album. Keep up with weirdal.com for the last three videos and listen to the whole album in the embedded player below.