Incredibad is Incredibly Okay
The Lonely Island’s album doesn’t astound
Published February 27, 2009
Best known for their SNL/YouTube hit “Jizz in my Pants,” the Lonely Island comedy troupe has now released a full album of more of the same. It’s a CD full of silly tracks with deathly serious performances by Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schafer.
Before releasing their album, The Lonely Island’s only medium for their talents was video, whether on the Internet or SNL. They became known through their TV sketches and Internet videos such as the fake soap opera “The ‘Bu” or the goofy music videos for the songs “Bing Bong Bros.” and “Stork Patrol.”
They’ve switched over to music for the release of Incredibad, and though it’s entertaining to a point and sporadically funny, The Lonely Island’s humor doesn’t come across as well without the video accompaniment.
A few songs from Incredibad stand out among the rest, while many played through flatly without grabbing my attention. “Jizz in My Pants” is without a doubt the hit of the album, and it succeeds above the rest for two reasons: The song isn’t just a silly vehicle for humor; it’s also catchy, with a smooth, seductive beat and polished, pounding production. This also makes the song funnier because annoying or uninteresting accompaniment isn’t distracting from the comedy. Also, the pattern of the jokes changes and becomes more ridiculous to keep it fresh and funny the whole time.
Unfortunately, these qualities are absent in many of the songs. All of the tracks are built off one joke, and while that joke may be funny as a basic concept, it doesn’t provide much depth or room for variety within the songs. When the same thing is repeated without developing into something cleverer, there’s not much else to create an engaging experience. The mindless lyrics pass by and the songs don’t satisfy.
I know that Lonely Island likes to use repetition as one of their tricks for comedy, and admittedly it does sometimes work, but only when they do something unexpected or witty with their content. This is the case with “Like a Boss,” which features the repetition of the phrase “like a boss!” in an angry and deep gangsta voice after lines that discuss actions that are less and less like an actual boss.
The track “Punch You in the Jeans” is so utterly goofy that you can’t help but giggle at ridiculous lines like, “You got somethin’ to say, we got the proper retorts/Beat your jeans so bad that they’ll wish they were shorts.”
The Lonely Island managed to get guest performances from several celebrities, most notably T-Pain and E-40. But these rappers often just feel awkward and out of place, neither of them with that many funny lines. I wish that instead of getting these unnecessary additions, the Lonely Island could’ve tried harder in their own work. They’ve got talent, so they should be less lazy when it comes to the subjects of their songs and explore their full comedic potential.
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