12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Michael Jackson—the platinum-selling song parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic has had a longer career than all of them. With the release of Mandatory Fun, the kinky-haired satirist is approaching his fourth decade lampooning pop music. In Al's hands, Lorde's "Royals" becomes "Foil," a song about food preservation and alien invasions (you'll see). Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is transformed into a grammatical object lesson in "Word Crimes," while "Handy," a goof on Iggy Azalea's ubiquitous summer jam "Fancy," finds Al boasting of his contractor skills (sample lyric: "I've got 99 problems but a switch ain't one"). Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" makes a cameo on the requisite polka track "Now That's What I Call Polka." The real showstopper, though, is "Jackson Park Express": a nine-minute Yankovic original in the style of a vintage rock opera.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Michael Jackson—the platinum-selling song parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic has had a longer career than all of them. With the release of Mandatory Fun, the kinky-haired satirist is approaching his fourth decade lampooning pop music. In Al's hands, Lorde's "Royals" becomes "Foil," a song about food preservation and alien invasions (you'll see). Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is transformed into a grammatical object lesson in "Word Crimes," while "Handy," a goof on Iggy Azalea's ubiquitous summer jam "Fancy," finds Al boasting of his contractor skills (sample lyric: "I've got 99 problems but a switch ain't one"). Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" makes a cameo on the requisite polka track "Now That's What I Call Polka." The real showstopper, though, is "Jackson Park Express": a nine-minute Yankovic original in the style of a vintage rock opera.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2.7K Ratings

2.7K Ratings

Indiana Blotto's Last Crusade ,

Just take my money now

You don't need to hear any preview clips. This is "Weird Al" we're talking about here. You WILL buy this album. The fun will be MANDATORY!!!

Heyyeaayeaayeayea ,

HELL YEAH!

He who's tired of Weird Al is tired of life.

Machi725 ,

Heil Awesome'

This is some of the best music I have not yet ever heard. Sampling just the anticipation it is some of the sweetest vintage of anticipation that I have ever known. In conclusion, Weird Al does it again as he has me biting my nails, my panties in bunches, and my GI track filled with butterflies. Simply put, Weird Al, mission accomplished, job well done, I'm already eagerly waiting your 'next' album - I hope it comes out sooner than this one.

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