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  • Audio CD (21 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B00L326LTI
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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2014 release, the 14th studio album from the Grammy-winning pop parodist. Weird Al is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history with over 12 million album sales. Now entering his fourth career decade, he has won three Grammys (with 14 nominations) and countless awards and accolades. With the recent release of his children's books, Al added New York Times Bestselling Author to his resume. Weird Al, along with his band of three decades, has performed thousands of career concerts and continues to tour with his Rock and comedy multi-media show throughout the world.

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Listened to this album alone and still managed to laugher out loud dozens of times. Stand out tracks for me are "Foil", "Tacky" and most of all "Word Crimes". Jackson Park Express continues Al's proud tradition of gross out love songs like "Do I Creep You Out?" All in all, an awesome album that will put a smile on anyone's face.
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Poking fun at popular hits is a skill that Weird Al has never been beaten at. Here, as always, he gets his aim right in the bullseye parodying Lorde, Pharrell Williams, Imagine Dragons and others. Along with these, he has original numbers which are often just as good in their own right, and those borrow the styles of others, too. "My Own Eyes" is in the style of the Foo Fighters, but with ludicrously bizarre lines about odd things he's seen. "Lame Claim To Fame" is another highlight, joking about tenuous links to celebrities. The only one that misses the mark for me is "Mission Statement", where the lampooning of management-speak wears thin after just a couple of verses. It's a shame, because musically it apes Crosby, Stills & Nash to perfection.
Another one that stands on its own is "Now That's What I Call Polka" - a hilariously silly medley of songs which often manage to be better than the originals. You'll never hear Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" in the same way again.
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Weird Al gives us another dose of polka-inspired, accordion-fuelled parodies of some of the biggest hits of the past couple of years, along with a few self-penned takes on certain artists and styles of music. The lyrical content is as high-brow as fans have come to expect(so, accessible is what I'm getting at), and the whole thing is underpinned by the accustomed musicianship and production values.
So, like a certain brand of woodstain, it does exactly what it says on the tin. Or it would do if it was in a tin. And it's understood that anything with "Weird Al" Yankovic on will be... well Weird Al.
If you're a fan, I doubt you've read this far, and have already ordered. If not, why not give it a whirl? What, you have to choose between buying the album and getting your normal brand champagne, or spending slightly less on an excellent cava? #firstworldproblems
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Yet another brilliant parody album and some rather cleverly written original material and even though Mr Yankovic's very funny and at times thought provoking Mandatory Fun he has great vocal range and i just love the musical arrangements on this album. And for all you Polka fans out there you will not be left disappointed ! Excellent production as always, he's music repertoire puts many of his compadres in the shade!
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I've been a die hard all fan since "running with scissors" which was a cracking album. I think mandatory fun is another great comedy album. Its unfortunate that this appears to be the last full albums worth that all will be distributing (based on various interviews that suggest he will only be realeasing singles and ep's from now on). This may mean more timely releases but I will miss these feature length releases.

I must confess having avoided radio and TV for a while, I'm not so familiar with the parodies but the homages are great fun. The only criticisms I can offer is that some of the album does feel a little formulaic and reminiscent of jokes from "poodle hat" and "straight out of Lynwood". Equally the album art and title bear no relevance to any of the tracks. Having said that I'm yet to find an album concept by Al that ever has. Criticism aside that tracks are witty and very well produced, tighter and more densely packed than I have seen Al do before. I look forward to see what the future holds for this great musician.
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Jesus H. Christ! This completely crazy Weird Al has taken the piss out of the music business for years with his parodies – more or less successful – and now he puts out another album out of the blue and that piece shoots straight to No. 1 of the US Billboard charts. Did he do anything different this time? Actually no, it’s simply Weird Al. As always, nothing is sacred to him, musically he stays close to the originals (which means on a high level) and as for the lyrics, he goes down to the bottom of irrelevance: for example, he does a whole song on aluminium foil, focusses on the pros and cons of DIY or sings about sandals with socks.

After all, it IS a little bit different this time because he does not remain completely trivial but deals some clever blows, especially to the web- and mobile generation. “Word Crimes” (based on “Blurred Lines”) is a prime example. And the Polka Mix, recycling popular chartbreakers by the dozen, is a true highlight. With this album one HAS to have fun, which is actually already stated in the album title! Of course it isn’t something for everybody, but if you are not a perfect party pooper, you should find some funny bits at least, and fans will love it anyway.

If you want to have the full fun though, you should enjoy the completely crazy videoclips as well. You will find them in the internet…come on, you now where?
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Bought this expecting greatness, and got exactly what I wanted! The master of parodies strikes again with a brilliant set of tracks. It's unfortunate that he will no longer be making albums, but I'm looking forward to any singles he makes in the future!
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