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The king of pop parodies returns with another zany collection of tunes that poke fun at pop culture There are a handful of undeniably funny moments--notably The Saga Begins which pairs the tune to Don McLeans horrendously sentimental American Pie with the plot to the first Star Wars prequel and a fun nonstop-dancing polka medley of late-90s hits that starts with the Spice Girls and ends with Semisonic Overall Running with Scissors is well-executed and actually humorous but the material is a day late and a dollar short Pretty Fly for a Rabbi is funny once maybe but the majority of the disc consists of tepid takes on yesterdays news the best jokes are devoted to Jerry Springer Eddie Vedder the Swing craze and this place called Silicon Valley where they make computers Why didnt someone tell Weird Al that a parody of Nine Inch Nails lifeless industrial pop would have already sounded dated in 1995 It must be hard to stay on top of all the current trends and parody them as they happen but that is something that Weird Al has done in the past and perhaps will do again --Mike McGonigal Weird Al Yankovic has sold more albums of purely humorous music than anyone else ever His last outing 1996s BAD HAIR DAY was his biggest yet giving this new one a lot to live up to Can RUNNING WITH SCISSORS cut it Yes Track for track its the best Weird Al album yet The opener and the first single The Saga Begins retells the story of The Phantom Menace to the music of American Pie Its very nicely done but Als just getting started Pretty Fly for a Rabbi is self-explanatory and just as funny as BAD HAIR DAYs Amish Paradise Barenaked Ladies One Week becomes a smashing ode to Jerry Springer while songs about astrology the Grapefruit Diet and a transvestite truck driver prove that Als humor isnt just
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