After Pick of Destiny (both the movie and the album) were declared flops (I still thought they were great, but I am a big fan) it was questionable whether or not they would release another album. Well that was nearly six years ago but thankfully they're back and they're better than ever.
I will admit that of the three albums, PoD is the weakest by far so this album being a return to form will be a great comfort to all the fans. Opening with the track of the same name, the D themselves are admitting that PoD could have gone better and this track is a perfect opener. Starting with acoustic guitar and building throughout until by the end your stereo/headphones will be blasting away, reducing your ears to barely recognisable appendages (unless you have the volume set to a sensible level but why? Why would you do that? This is a Tenacious D album!)
In my opinion there's not a bad track on the whole album but the highlights for me include Roadie (a salute to the unseen road crew, although I love this because I've spent years working backstage!), Flutes and Trombones (had me in stitches), Rock is Dead (shame it's not longer, it's a great track), They F**ked Our A**es and To Be The Best.
There's not as many dialogue tracks this time round which is a bit of a shame. They didn't take a lot of time on the first album but they added a lot of laughs. In fact, there are only two on Rize of the Fenix compared to seven on the original album (Flutes and Trombones as mentioned above being one of them).
At just over forty minutes in length, this album finishes far too soon and leaves you wanting more. Hopefully this time we won't have to wait six more years for the D to rize again...again!