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Weird Al Yankovic - 'Running With Scissors'
on 11 January 2011
The album `Running with scissors' by the critically acclaimed and long time king of parody Weird Al Yankovic is a true career highlight. His choice and ability to blend an eclectic mix of late nineties pop and alternative rock within his polkas provides a real snapshot of the times and a welcome flashback to those who are familiar with the period. His original songs give just enough to the current listener to make this purchase a justified for any collection and although each and every song is comedy based they do not tire easily like other related acts.
The Album opens with `the Saga begins' a comprehensive parody of Don McLean's `American Pie' and is clever and surprisingly deep. Other parody highlights are `Jerry Springer', an amusing tale of an addiction to the once watched `Jerry Springer Show' and `Pretty Fly for a Rabbi' a hilarious spin on `Pretty fly for a white guy' by the now largely forgotten Offspring.
The album ends with a climax unlike any other Weird Al album before or since. The epic life story that is `Albuquerque' unravels like a comedians yarn and the 11 plus minutes pass with laughter lubricated ease.
One of the main factors that keeps Weird Al appealing is the longevity of his music and although he may not be seen as a serious industry contender his career has outlasted many of the artists he has featured on his album.
My one warning would be the slightly dated feel of the music if the listener was unfamiliar with the period. Everything else including production, lyrical content and structure is worth shelling out for.