Nov 13, 2006

Monday's Music Review

The Pick of Destiny

Release Date: November 14
Producer: John King
Label: Epic

Tenacious D insists it is the greatest band in the world, and on a couple occasions during this soundtrack to the duo's upcoming film of the same name, you kinda believe it. Simultaneously mocking and paying homage to metal, tracks like "Master Exploder" (cue the Judas Priest-style harmonized guitar solos) and "Car Chase City" (with a speed-addled Motörhead riff) is the D at its best—unapologetically obnoxious and having a ball. Beyond some amusing genre parodies (power ballads on "Dude I Totally Miss You," flute-flavored '60s pop on "Papagenu (He's My Sassafras)," Jack Black and Kyle Gass unite in rock with such idols as Meat Loaf and Ronnie James Dio ("Kickapoo"), and deliver their life story in anthemic fashion (the title cut). Best of all: Black scatting atop Gass' acoustic renditions of "Für Elise" and "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" on "Classico." —Jonathan Cohen