The Lonely Island “Turtleneck and Chain” Review

The Lonely Island Turtleneck and Chain

  1. We’re Back!
  2. Mama
  3. I Just Had Sex (featuring Akon)
  4. Jack Sparrow (featuring Michael Bolton)
  5. Attracted to Us (featuring Beck)
  6. Rocky
  7. My Mic – interlude
  8. Turtleneck and Chain (featuring Snoop Dogg)
  9. Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie and Clyde (featuring Rihanna)
  10. Trouble on Dookie Island
  11. Falcor vs Atreyu – Classy Skit #1
  12. Motherlover (featuring Justin Timberlake)
  13. The Creep (featuring Nicki Minaj & John Waters)
  14. Watch Me Do Me – Classy Skit # 2
  15. Threw it on the Ground
  16. Japan
  17. After Party (featuring Santigold)
  18. No Homo
  19. No Homo Outro

It’s hard to believe that what started off as a one time short for SNL called Lazy Sunday blew up to the point that the comedy trio not only made an album but said album also earned them a Grammy nomination; for a track called Dick in a Box nonetheless.  Now they have returned with a second offering and the same elements that made the first disc so fun are present on the follow up.  From outlandish songs featuring a vast array of guests to comedy skits to the playful shots at pop culture.  Don’t get it wrong though underneath the comedic approach there are plenty of tracks that you can’t keep out of your head.  Several of those tracks make use of the album’s guest artists.

“I Just Had Sex”, “Jack Sparrow”, “Motherlover”, “The Creep” and “Turtleneck and Chain” are the best examples at showing the group’s varying styles.  “I Just Had Sex” is the anthem for those that fornicated within the last 30 minutes, while “Jack Sparrow” has the group rapping about a night out at the club while Michael Bolton’s interpretation of the track clearly differed from that of the trios.  Plus how often is it that you get to hear Michael Bolton drop an “f” bomb?  Immature sure, but if you haven’t figured it out by now that’s the demographic the album is aimed towards.  “The Creep” features the newest dance craze and I beg groups of club goers to please bust it out on the dance floor as soon as possible.  The title track on the other hand is catchy for all the wrong reasons.  In an obvious parody of tracks that have become popular as of late that just featuring borderline obnoxious repetition of the same few words for a hook over top absurdly thick bass.  I would compare it to the stand out “I’m on a Boat” from last album.

Motherlover on the other hand features the group getting back together with Justin Timberlake to create a follow up to the Grammy nominated track they previously created.  While I loved Dick in a Box, as a song Motherlover works better and simply embeds itself in your brain the second your hear it.  Hard to believe for a track that features subject matter about two friends banging each others mom for Mother’s Day.  It not only works though but with the groups success with Justin Timberlake and creation of two great tracks you can’t help but start thinking about the possible results of a full album featuring the collaboration.

As for tracks not featuring guests that stand out the songs “Mama” “Trouble on Dookie Island” and “No Homo” come to mind.  “Mama” pokes fun about singing about your mom and how great she is when in reality you treat her like crap.  “Trouble on Dookie Island” is just a over the top song about a heist going wrong and the would be robbers being a little less than brave.  “No Homo” is probably one of my favorite in terms of subject matter; taking shots at people using the term “No Homo” to cover up less than flattering remarks they may make.

The only problem with albums like this though is you have to be in the mood to play it from start to finish due to it’s comedic nature and thus tend to skip around and play only certain tracks.  Still though, if you liked the group’s previous release I can’t see you not liking this one.  If you are unfamiliar with the group check out the videos below.

Turtleneck and Chain gets a three out of five: SATISFYING.

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1 Comment on The Lonely Island “Turtleneck and Chain” Review

  1. sandman6741 // May 15, 2011 at 11:03 AM // Reply

    ““I Just Had Sex” is the anthem for those that fornicated within the last 30 minutes,”

    LOL, well I can cross that off the list of things I never expected to hear/read before noon.

    I’ve never heard of these offerings, but since I haven’t watched SNL in forever, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Sounds interesting, to say the least, so I’ll have to check out those videos. Nicely done sir.


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