Weird Al Yankovic - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1983-2014/2017) [Official Digital Download]

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Weird Al Yankovic - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1983-2014/2017) [Official Digital Download]

"Weird Al" Yankovic - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1983-2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 601:19 minutes | 7,71 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover(s)

Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic is an American singer-songwriter, film/record producer, satirist, and author. He is known for his humorous songs that make light of popular culture and often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts, original songs that are style pastiches of the work of other acts, and polka medleys of several popular songs, featuring his favored instrument, the accordion. His works have earned him four Grammy Awards and a further eleven nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the United States.

The foremost song parodist of the MTV era, "Weird Al" Yankovic carried the torch of musical humor more proudly and more successfully than any performer since Allan Sherman. In the world of novelty records – a genre noted for its extensive back catalog of flashes-in-the-pan and one-hit wonders – Yankovic was king, scoring smash after smash over the course of an enduring career which found him topically mocking everything from new wave to gangsta rap.


Weird Al Yankovic - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1983-2014/2017) [Official Digital Download]

"Weird Al" Yankovic - ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic (1983/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 32:57 minutes | 696 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Like an X-ray of a dinosaur egg, this debut Weird Al Yankovic production provides a detailed glimpse of the creature to be grown. "Another One Rides the Bus" is the earliest of his arena rock parodies, recorded in 1980 during an on-air appearance on the Dr. Demento show and a classic piece of musical humor. Already he had developed his knack of knocking the wind out of any pretentious, overblown rock anthem by slightly adjusting the lyrical content. Once one of these songs was describing the boring, mundane activities of the non-rock star, it was if a new life were born within the song. "My Bologna" demonstrated the concept as applied to the fine art of making the stupid much stupider. A later album title by this artist would be Dare to Be Stupid, and if the Knack's "My Sharona" had to be sacrificed at his creative altar for this to be understood, so be it. Once parodied by Yankovic, a song can never be thought of in the same way again. "I Love Rocky Road" brilliantly trivializes both rock & roll and the idea of singing about loving it. If one is going to sing about loving something, let's make it be something important – like a horrible ice cream flavor. Unfortunately, the album doesn't really get off on the right foot with "Ricky." Yankovic hadn't quite fine-tuned his skills of parody to the point where he could pull off connecting the new wave Toni Basil number with Lucille Ball's situation comedy, and the results are contrived and not particularly funny. This is also the best way to describe his original material, which was used in a smaller proportion in all his later albums than it is here. His original songs may not seem like they were written in ten minutes, but the ideas behind them don't seem to involve that much contemplation. As a result, they are like little bits of puff, produced so expertly they seem like some kind of ultimate filler, except that their impact on the flow of an album side is more like ballast. The defense that Yankovic's material is best understood by his main target audience, 11-year-old kids, washes no better than they do. Kids this age really don't like his original material as much as his parodies, although a few years down the road he managed to come up with at least a few of his own songs that were acceptable to what has to be the fussiest audience imaginable. Since the originals tend to dilute the excitement of any Yankovic album, the titles in his discography are rated based on how successful his originals that are featured are with 11 year olds. It goes without saying that each of his albums contains at least a few brilliant parodies, so this songcraft is where one finds varied levels of consistency in his output. At this stage, his relationship with his high-powered musical backup had yet to jell, either. Since the unaccompanied piece off the radio is the best performance in this set, one could even come to the mistaken conclusion that he works best without a band behind him.

Tracklist:

01 - Ricky
02 - Gotta Boogie
03 - I Love Rocky Road
04 - Buckingham Blues
05 - Happy Birthday
06 - Stop Draggin' My Car Around
07 - My Bologna
08 - The Check's In The Mail
09 - Another One Rides The Bus
10 - I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead
11 - Such a Groovy Guy
12 - Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung

Analyzed: "Weird Al" Yankovic / Weird Al Yankovic
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -1.17 dB -12.67 dB 2:37 01-Ricky
DR10 -0.92 dB -12.95 dB 2:14 02-Gotta Boogie
DR11 -1.31 dB -14.15 dB 2:36 03-I Love Rocky Road
DR10 -1.54 dB -13.51 dB 3:14 04-Buckingham Blues
DR11 -1.49 dB -14.65 dB 2:28 05-Happy Birthday
DR11 -1.15 dB -14.38 dB 3:16 06-Stop Draggin' My Car Around
DR10 -1.49 dB -13.97 dB 2:02 07-My Bologna
DR13 -1.67 dB -16.51 dB 3:14 08-The Check's In The Mail
DR14 -2.25 dB -18.85 dB 2:38 09-Another One Rides The Bus
DR12 -1.86 dB -15.45 dB 3:41 10-I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead
DR12 -1.77 dB -15.62 dB 3:03 11-Such a Groovy Guy
DR13 -2.42 dB -18.47 dB 1:54 12-Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1445 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Weird Al Yankovic - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1983-2014/2017) [Official Digital Download]

"Weird Al" Yankovic - ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic In 3-D (1984/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 44:27 minutes | 611 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

With an album behind him, Weird Al Yankovic makes much of the improvements expected of new artists when they get a second crack at a release a year later. He premieres the concept of his own band, basically well-trimmed types that looked good in music videos. They also play very well as a unit, so whatever image augmentation was accomplished is just a side benefit. While Yankovic's first album started off poorly and took awhile to build momentum, this one is like a garage door opening to reveal a shiny rocketship about to blast off. When it does, it is "Eat It," a satire of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" that can be considered the first kick in the rear the mighty gloved one received on his way down from the throne of pop music. Making the song a tribute to stuffing one's face with food takes away its phony edge of nastiness without removing any of its rhythmic power. In fact, this version rocks harder than the original, and Rick Derringer's solo in the middle cuts Eddie Van Halen to shreds. From there, it would seem the man is on a roll, but listeners may wind up stifling yawns all the way to the side-ending "Polkas on 45," Yankovic's first attempt at what evolved into a repeated device on subsequent albums, the extended, snappy polka medley in which an incredible variety of pop hits appear, sometimes for only a line or two. The fine musicianship of the leader and his associates is revealed in these performances, which tend to be some of Yankovic's best work. Playing medleys such as this is not easy, and doing it with such energy and wit is even more admirable. The original songs on this record are just as forgettable as any Yankovic had come up with so far. There is no chance of pleasing 11 year olds with any of the originals, despite the fact that many critics feel this is the level of mind Yankovic is aiming at when he gets in the songwriting mode. It is not that their age estimate is too high, either. No children of any age have expressed much interest in the original material here. The thematic thrust of In 3-D comes full circle with the hilarious "Theme From Rocky XIII," often known as "The Rye or the Kaiser." Once again the height of pomposity – in this case, the character created by Sylvester Stallone – gets knocked down to knee size by setting the action in a deli, round two probably consisting of a jar of pickles being opened. When this album is good, it is good enough to eat, so "Eat It" already.

Tracklist:

01 - Eat It
02 - Midnight Star
03 - The Brady Bunch
04 - Buy Me A Condo
05 - I Lost On Jeopardy
06 - Polkas On 45
07 - Mr. Popeil
08 - King Of Suede
09 - That Boy Could Dance
10 - The Rye Or The Kaiser (Theme From Rocky XIII))
11 - Nature Trail To Hell

Analyzed: "Weird Al" Yankovic / In 3-D
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR12 -0.74 dB -14.77 dB 3:22 01-Eat It
DR10 -1.35 dB -14.02 dB 4:35 02-Midnight Star
DR13 -1.06 dB -15.41 dB 2:42 03-The Brady Bunch
DR13 -1.48 dB -16.84 dB 3:53 04-Buy Me A Condo
DR12 -1.19 dB -15.01 dB 3:29 05-I Lost On Jeopardy
DR11 -1.25 dB -14.34 dB 4:20 06-Polkas On 45
DR12 -1.23 dB -13.95 dB 4:43 07-Mr. Popeil
DR11 -1.17 dB -14.87 dB 4:15 08-King Of Suede
DR11 -1.09 dB -14.13 dB 3:35 09-That Boy Could Dance
DR12 -1.33 dB -15.69 dB 3:37 10-The Rye Or The Kaiser (Theme From Rocky XIII))
DR12 -1.65 dB -16.18 dB 5:56 11-Nature Trail To Hell
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Number of tracks: 11
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1589 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Weird Al Yankovic - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1983-2014/2017) [Official Digital Download]

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Dare To Be Stupid (1985/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 36:58 minutes | 600 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

It is true that Weird Al Yankovic went into this third album with a huge hit behind him, the first of several satires of Michael Jackson he would be involved in, entitled "Eat It." And it is also true that only someone who is missing important brain cells would suggest this artist's original songs are any good, although there are a few small signs of improvement here on Dare to Be Stupid. Yet the notion that the latter material was given free reign over the course of this album, neglecting the parody songs that had made Yankovic rich and famous, is pure poppycock. The album begins with what is perhaps his best parody ever, the brilliant and cutting "Like a Surgeon." Turning the tacky Madonna hit inside out and upside down, Yankovic comes up with a hilarious satire of the medical profession. By now it was required that his videos be even funnier than the recordings they promoted, and a case could be made that the video of "Like a Surgeon" is really where the action is, however enjoyable the song itself may be. Although the implications were probably missed by the none too bright Madonna, and may not have even been intentional on the part of Yankovic, it was a rich idea to use his parody to ridicule a serious subject rather than just take another poke at junk food or game shows. The record's title track follows, and it is the best of Yankovic's original songs that had been recorded so far, although that isn't saying much. Any song that begins with a request to put down your chain saw can't be all bad. It was material that was supposedly aimed at 11 year olds, but although there was limited use of the expression "dare to be stupid" to encourage stupidity, what else, among this age group, few children have ever been heard were humming this song or any of the other originals that are featured on this record. One of the best tracks is the amazing medley "Hooked on Polkas" that concludes the album. Yankovic goes for broke here, his slick band barely keeping up with him as he drags all manner of hit parade schlock through the harmonic wringer washer known as the accordion. It's a hell of a trip, including references to Z.Z. Top as well as disco and punk rock, and accomplishes more musically in less than four minutes than an entire evening with the likes of Brave Combo. Some of the other parodies are weaker, although "Girls Just Want to Have Lunch" bears the distinction of actually being related in philosophy to the original it is based on, a first for Yankovic. Voice-over artist Bill Scott plays himself in a cover of "George of the Jungle," hardly a track that will inspire repeated plays. Neither will "Yoda," although there was obviously no way in such a commercial enterprise to avoid paying tribute to a character that was so popular at the time. Plus, Neil Diamond had already claimed rights to an E.T. tribute. The song Yankovic uses to base his satire on is the Kinks' "Lola," but when the original song is both funnier and weirder than the parody, one may wonder what the point is. The same can be said for "I Want a New Duck," although it certainly is stupid, which may be the whole point. Rick Derringer put the whole production together expertly but should have played more hot lead guitar. And why couldn't this real ex-McCoy convince his client to do a parody of "Hang on Sloopy"?

Tracklist:

01 - Like A Surgeon
02 - Dare To Be Stupid
03 - I Want A New Duck
04 - One More Minute
05 - Yoda
06 - George Of The Jungle
07 - Slime Creatures From Outer Space
08 - Girls Just Want To Have Lunch
09 - This Is The Life
10 - Cable TV
11 - Hooked On Polkas

Analyzed: "Weird Al" Yankovic / Dare To Be Stupid
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR9 -1.65 dB -12.44 dB 3:33 01-Like A Surgeon
DR8 -1.34 dB -11.73 dB 3:26 02-Dare To Be Stupid
DR8 -1.35 dB -12.24 dB 3:04 03-I Want A New Duck
DR10 -1.50 dB -14.01 dB 4:04 04-One More Minute
DR9 -1.64 dB -12.55 dB 3:58 05-Yoda
DR11 -1.79 dB -14.85 dB 1:05 06-George Of The Jungle
DR11 -1.71 dB -14.92 dB 4:24 07-Slime Creatures From Outer Space
DR11 -1.49 dB -14.69 dB 2:48 08-Girls Just Want To Have Lunch
DR11 -1.68 dB -14.68 dB 3:07 09-This Is The Life
DR10 -1.58 dB -14.30 dB 3:39 10-Cable TV
DR9 -1.54 dB -13.13 dB 3:50 11-Hooked On Polkas
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Number of tracks: 11
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1680 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Weird Al Yankovic - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1983-2014/2017) [Official Digital Download]

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Polka Party! (1986/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 34:06 minutes | 552 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Just about anyone could feel let down by this album, especially since the cover is so funny and seems to suggest that an entire album of polka is in the works. That would have been great. The front cover shows Weird Al Yankovic, clad in lederhosen, performing for a bunch of enthusiastic punkers. Now anyone that has spent time with a punk audience in the mid-'80s would probably agree that if a really great polka act came onstage and played, the punk crowd would probably go wild. That's because polka is a rich musical tradition; good polka music is timeless. A really good parody is the same way, but what about a parody of a hit song that is so insubstantial that it is completely forgotten 15 years later? That's the big problem with this set. The only really great track is, predictably, the knock-down, drag-out polka medley which is the only place on earth where one can hear "Venus," "Sledgehammer," "Sussudio," "Shout," and other claptrap played on the accordion in rapid succession. Good thing, too. Actually, it is something of a masterpiece, Yankovic's band attacking each turn of the arrangement with manic intensity. It is really too bad nothing else here is really worth listening to. "Addicted to Spuds"? Not really a good enough song to parody, and if it was, yet another devotional tract dedicated to some form of food was getting a little bit old by now. "Living in America" in its original version has all the overblown grandeur needed to make a good parody target, but "Living With a Hernia" just isn't funny. The originals are horrid as usual. "Christmas at Ground Zero" may seem a trifle more substantial than Yankovic's usual songwriting, but this type of material has been done much better by Jello Biafra and the Dead Kennedys. Yankovic took something of a recording break after this flop, and he sure needed it.

Tracklist:

01 - Living With A Hernia
02 - Dog Eat Dog
03 - Addicted To Spuds
04 - One Of Those Days
05 - Polka Party
06 - Here's Johnny
07 - Don't Wear Those Shoes
08 - Toothless People
09 - Good Enough For Now
10 - Christmas At Ground Zero

Analyzed: "Weird Al" Yankovic / Polka Party!
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 -1.64 dB -15.19 dB 3:21 01-Living With A Hernia
DR13 -1.29 dB -15.05 dB 3:43 02-Dog Eat Dog
DR12 -1.24 dB -14.78 dB 3:51 03-Addicted To Spuds
DR12 -1.48 dB -14.08 dB 3:19 04-One Of Those Days
DR14 -1.60 dB -17.07 dB 3:16 05-Polka Party
DR12 -1.69 dB -14.36 dB 3:24 06-Here's Johnny
DR12 -1.59 dB -15.58 dB 3:36 07-Don't Wear Those Shoes
DR13 -1.64 dB -15.69 dB 3:24 08-Toothless People
DR13 -1.51 dB -16.49 dB 3:03 09-Good Enough For Now
DR12 -2.78 dB -16.95 dB 3:09 10-Christmas At Ground Zero
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1605 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Weird Al Yankovic - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1983-2014/2017) [Official Digital Download]

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Even Worse (1988/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 37:39 minutes | 444 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Trust Weird Al Yankovic to name an album "Even Worse" even as his recordings were getting better again. After a bit of a slump, he rebounded in 1988 by making fun of the same old guy again, Michael Jackson. Video played a big part in the success of "I'm Fat," based on "I'm Bad." In fact, one could say it was a whole new ball game for parody artists if they were expected to provide a video with state-of-the-art special effects such as the fat suit Yankovic had designed for himself, which probably cost more than the entire budget of a Homer and Jethro album. There was also a change in the relationship between Yankovic the satirist and his target, Jackson, as the latter star's hold on his audience was beginning to wear thin by the late '80s. The arrogance of "I'm Bad" was perfectly trumped by Yankovic's musical pile of lard, the appeal of the video's visuals clearly not the only ace in the hole. Near the end of the tune, Yankovic gets into a mockery of Jackson's vocal style that is both sublime and ridiculous. This is just the beginning of an album that gets richer as it gets along, with the maestro obviously benefitting from a period of reflection. He doesn't just stick to covers of what was contemporary at the time, perhaps realizing that the shallowness of the music on the radio was not going to result in great hilarity. "I Think I'm a Clone Now" takes us back to Tommy James and the Shondells and is one of Yankovic's best efforts, a perfectly realized satire that manages to come off better than the original, something of a soft rock classic to begin with. Then there is "Twister," which raucously takes the hi-octane filth and funk of the Beastie Boys and weds them to a stupid children's party game. Funster Yankovic seems to be getting practically savage in his attacks, an intensity both appropriate and enjoyable. George Harrison's final and forgettable hit "I've Got My Mind Set on You" gets reborn as "This Song Is Just Six Words Long," Yankovic obviously relishing the opportunity to croon lyrics such as "Can't think of any lyrics." Apparently running on full, Yankovic even manages to shatter all previous barriers and comes up with some funny original material as well. "Good Old Days" is a great idea, using an original number in order to lampoon yet another pop icon, in this case the simpy James Taylor. But it is "Stuck in a Closet With Vanna White" that is the real winner for Yankovic, because this was the first song he wrote that his supposed target audience of 11 year olds actually liked as much or even more than his parodies. Of course, the problem with tracks such as this is they date over the years; a time will come when nobody will remember who Vanna White is, and then listeners will wonder what the big deal is about getting stuck in a closet with her.

Tracklist:

01 - Fat
02 - Stuck In a Closet With Vanna White
03 - (This Song's Just) Six Words Long
04 - You Make Me
05 - I Think I'm a Clone Now
06 - Lasagna
07 - Melanie
08 - Alimony
09 - Velvet Elvis
10 - Twister
11 - Good Old Days

Analyzed: "Weird Al" Yankovic / Even Worse
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -0.56 dB -13.93 dB 3:38 01-Fat
DR11 -1.20 dB -14.16 dB 5:01 02-Stuck In a Closet With Vanna White
DR12 -1.04 dB -14.68 dB 3:37 03-(This Song's Just) Six Words Long
DR11 -0.77 dB -13.88 dB 3:05 04-You Make Me
DR11 -1.15 dB -14.43 dB 3:20 05-I Think I'm a Clone Now
DR10 -1.12 dB -13.22 dB 2:47 06-Lasagna
DR10 -1.19 dB -13.42 dB 3:59 07-Melanie
DR9 -0.96 dB -12.13 dB 3:16 08-Alimony
DR10 -1.23 dB -14.38 dB 4:30 09-Velvet Elvis
DR13 -1.47 dB -16.54 dB 1:03 10-Twister
DR12 -1.37 dB -15.61 dB 3:22 11-Good Old Days
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Number of tracks: 11
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1572 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Weird Al Yankovic - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1983-2014/2017) [Official Digital Download]

"Weird Al" Yankovic - UHF: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack And Other Stuff (1989/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 42:32 minutes | 579 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

"Weird Al" Yankovic has always been one of pop music's guilty pleasures, and his 1989 release UHF/Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff is no exception. As the title suggests, this album not only commemorates UHF's soundtrack highlights but also additional material recorded between 1988 and 1989. Under returning producer and veteran rock guitarist Rick Derringer, UHF's parodies sound increasingly similar to their originals (i.e., "Isle Thing" and "She Drives Like Crazy"), while a handful of original compositions deliver the beefiest guitars ever heard on a Weird Al release (i.e., the title track, "Let Me Be Your Hog," and "Generic Blues"). Despite this evolving creativity, UHF demonstrates a slump in Weird Al's songwriting abilities as popular music's premier comedian, notably endorsed by his deplorable original "Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters From a Planet Near Mars." Possibly worse, the Fine Young Cannibals' irritating "She Drives Me Crazy" sadly resurfaces via Weird Al's equally irritating "She Drives Like Crazy," which tries the patience of even the most devoted Weird Al fan. Nevertheless, Weird Al rescues listeners' tormented ears and vindicates his artistic credibility with "Gandhi II" (à la "Theme From Shaft") and "Spatula City," two remarkable commercial parodies that prove why he's still America's favorite musical satirist. In addition, UHF's remaining parodies – "Isle Thing," "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies," and "Spam" – genuinely highlight Weird Al's renowned fixation with food and television, the undisputed formula behind his well-deserved reputation. All things considered, UHF endures artistically as a transitional album between his '80s heyday and the imminent artistic makeover revealed on 1991's Off the Deep End. Recommended for both moderate and genuine Weird Al aficionados, UHF remains nearly as accessible as subsequent compilations Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, The TV Album, and The Food Album, which together incorporate only three of this album's 13 selections.

Tracklist:

01 - Beverly Hillbillies
02 - Gandhi II
03 - Attack Of The Radioactive Hamsters From A Planet Near Mars
04 - Isle Thing
05 - The Hot Rocks Polka
06 - UHF
07 - Let Me Be Your Hog
08 - She Drives Like Crazy
09 - Generic Blues
10 - Spatula City
11 - Fun Zone
12 - Spam
13 - The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota

Analyzed: "Weird Al" Yankovic / UHF: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -1.73 dB -15.44 dB 3:12 01-Beverly Hillbillies
DR12 -3.03 dB -17.93 dB 1:00 02-Gandhi II
DR11 -1.70 dB -14.24 dB 3:29 03-Attack Of The Radioactive Hamsters From A Planet Near Mars
DR13 -2.13 dB -17.01 dB 3:37 04-Isle Thing
DR10 -1.78 dB -13.43 dB 4:51 05-The Hot Rocks Polka
DR10 -1.57 dB -13.79 dB 5:09 06-UHF
DR11 -2.41 dB -14.31 dB 0:17 07-Let Me Be Your Hog
DR11 -1.85 dB -15.15 dB 3:42 08-She Drives Like Crazy
DR11 -2.10 dB -14.68 dB 4:34 09-Generic Blues
DR11 -4.56 dB -18.47 dB 1:08 10-Spatula City
DR11 -2.30 dB -15.45 dB 1:46 11-Fun Zone
DR13 -2.21 dB -15.85 dB 2:59 12-Spam
DR11 -2.37 dB -16.27 dB 6:48 13-The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota
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Number of tracks: 13
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1600 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Weird Al Yankovic - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1983-2014/2017) [Official Digital Download]

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Off The Deep End (1992/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 41:36 minutes | 479 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Following his exposure in the mid-'80s, Weird Al Yankovic's career stumbled with the poor-selling Polka Party in 1986 and his feature film UHF that tanked in 1989. Clearly, many people had grown tired of Yankovic's presence, just as they'd grown tired of the artists he was satirizing. Thus his chance for a comeback came in 1992, when Nirvana stormed the scene with "Smells Like Teen Sprit," a song that turned the music world upside down and ended the careers of many of the artists Yankovic had once used to heighten his success. Not too surprisingly, "Smells Like Nirvana" was the first single off of Off the Deep End, Yankovic's first album in three years. The song, which pokes fun at the original version's incoherent lyrics, was a smash hit, and not undeservingly – it reveals the kind of brilliant writing Yankovic was still capable of doing. Though no other parody on the album matches the cleverness of "Smells Like Nirvana," satires such as "I Can't Watch This" and "Taco Grande" come quite close. In addition to re-establishing his satirical craftsmanship, Deep End showcases some of Yankovic's best originals ever; "Trigger Happy," "When I Was Your Age," and "You Don't Love Me Anymore" prove to be the album's greatest songs. As his best album since In 3-D, Off the Deep End is the answer to those who questioned Yankovic's credibility as an evolving artist.

Tracklist:

01 - Smells Like Nirvana
02 - Trigger Happy
03 - I Can't Watch This
04 - Polka Your Eyes Out
05 - I Was Only Kidding
06 - The White Stuff
07 - When I Was Your Age
08 - Taco Grande
09 - Airline Amy
10 - The Plumbing Song
11 - You Don't Love Me Anymore

Analyzed: "Weird Al" Yankovic / Off The Deep End
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR9 -0.97 dB -12.14 dB 3:45 01-Smells Like Nirvana
DR9 -1.21 dB -12.59 dB 3:47 02-Trigger Happy
DR12 -1.27 dB -14.71 dB 3:31 03-I Can't Watch This
DR10 -1.08 dB -13.10 dB 3:51 04-Polka Your Eyes Out
DR10 -1.38 dB -13.57 dB 3:31 05-I Was Only Kidding
DR11 -1.49 dB -13.86 dB 2:43 06-The White Stuff
DR11 -1.06 dB -13.57 dB 4:36 07-When I Was Your Age
DR12 -1.11 dB -13.91 dB 3:48 08-Taco Grande
DR11 -0.64 dB -12.87 dB 3:51 09-Airline Amy
DR11 -1.20 dB -13.94 dB 4:06 10-The Plumbing Song
DR11 -2.16 dB -16.26 dB 4:07 11-You Don't Love Me Anymore
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Number of tracks: 11
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1510 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Weird Al Yankovic - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1983-2014/2017) [Official Digital Download]

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Alapalooza (1993/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 44:53 minutes | 457 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

One can tell just by listening to Alapalooza that Weird Al Yankovic was having a hard time writing clever material to coincide with the current musical trends. The album's title is indeed appropriate – the musical content varies from track to track. Many of the parodies on the album, such as "Jurassic Park" and "Achy Breaky Song," must have been meant to be on an earlier album meant to satirize the real songs when they were on top of the charts, but somehow were never released until now. With that in mind, only the poor timing keeps Alapalooza from being such a blast, as the entire album sounds sloppy and mostly like a compilation of old B-sides.

Tracklist:

01 - Jurassic Park
02 - Young, Dumb & Ugly
03 - Bedrock Anthem
04 - Frank's 2000" TV
05 - Achy Breaky Song
06 - Traffic Jam
07 - Talk Soup
08 - Livin' In The Fridge
09 - She Never Told Me She Was A Mime
10 - Harvey The Wonder Hamster
11 - Waffle King
12 - Bohemian Polka

Analyzed: "Weird Al" Yankovic / Alapalooza
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -0.79 dB -13.09 dB 3:56 01-Jurassic Park
DR10 -1.15 dB -12.57 dB 4:25 02-Young, Dumb & Ugly
DR11 -1.27 dB -13.92 dB 3:41 03-Bedrock Anthem
DR11 -0.47 dB -13.84 dB 4:05 04-Frank's 2000" TV
DR10 -1.23 dB -12.59 dB 3:24 05-Achy Breaky Song
DR11 -1.19 dB -13.27 dB 4:02 06-Traffic Jam
DR10 -1.46 dB -13.36 dB 4:24 07-Talk Soup
DR11 -1.10 dB -14.23 dB 3:35 08-Livin' In The Fridge
DR10 -1.30 dB -12.21 dB 4:54 09-She Never Told Me She Was A Mime
DR11 -1.48 dB -14.56 dB 0:21 10-Harvey The Wonder Hamster
DR12 -0.88 dB -15.28 dB 4:26 11-Waffle King
DR11 -1.20 dB -14.00 dB 3:40 12-Bohemian Polka
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1679 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Weird Al Yankovic - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1983-2014/2017) [Official Digital Download]

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Bad Hair Day (1996/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 42:18 minutes | 498 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

As Weird Al Yankovic gets older, his albums get more reactionary and less focused, and Bad Hair Day is no exception. Although the first single, a parody of Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" entitled "Amish Paradise," was a hit, that was due to timing, not its quality; the song is one of the more hackneyed and condescending tracks he has recorded. Furthermore, the music on Bad Hair Day not only lacks the humor, it lacks the impish energy that made Weird Al's first albums such fun. If you find "Amish Paradise" funny, chances are you'll be more satisfied by a single than the album. Or you should just wait for the next, inevitable Weird Al greatest-hits collection.

Tracklist:

01 - Amish Paradise
02 - Everything You Know Is Wrong
03 - Cavity Search
04 - Callin' In Sick
05 - The Alternative Polka
06 - Since You've Been Gone
07 - Gump
08 - I'm So Sick Of You
09 - Syndicated Inc.
10 - I Remember Larry
11 - Phony Calls
12 - The Night Santa Went Crazy

Analyzed: "Weird Al" Yankovic / Bad Hair Day
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -1.21 dB -13.80 dB 3:23 01-Amish Paradise
DR9 -0.93 dB -11.08 dB 3:47 02-Everything You Know Is Wrong
DR10 -0.64 dB -11.98 dB 4:20 03-Cavity Search
DR9 -0.52 dB -11.96 dB 3:41 04-Callin' In Sick
DR10 -0.96 dB -12.51 dB 4:51 05-The Alternative Polka
DR10 -1.34 dB -13.58 dB 1:22 06-Since You've Been Gone
DR9 -0.45 dB -11.03 dB 2:10 07-Gump
DR8 -0.45 dB -10.16 dB 3:26 08-I'm So Sick Of You
DR11 -1.08 dB -13.20 dB 3:57 09-Syndicated Inc.
DR10 -0.70 dB -12.45 dB 3:56 10-I Remember Larry
DR11 -1.01 dB -12.77 dB 3:23 11-Phony Calls
DR10 -0.52 dB -12.95 dB 4:02 12-The Night Santa Went Crazy
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1665 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Weird Al Yankovic - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1983-2014/2017) [Official Digital Download]

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Running With Scissors (1999/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 49:53 minutes | 580 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Like many of Weird Al's 1990s albums, Running With Scissors is something of a mixed bag, although devoted fans will definitely find enough of interest to add it to their collections. As usual, the highlights tend to be song parodies: "The Saga Begins" is a retelling of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace from Obi-Wan Kenobi's point of view set to the tune of "American Pie," while "Jerry Springer" is a clever rewrite of the Barenaked Ladies' "One Week." Not all of them quite hit the mark, though: "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi" has the same borderline ethnic condescension of the Offspring's original, and Yankovic's mimicry of the sound of his source material on the Puff Daddy takeoff "It's All About the Pentiums" isn't quite up to his usual standards. The originals tend to come off as forced, as though Yankovic is trying way too hard to live up to his nickname; although the snarky rip of "My Baby's in Love With Eddie Vedder" hits pretty close to the mark, the 11-minute closer "Albuquerque" is interminable. Overall, there are some songs worthy of adding to Yankovic's next best-of, and some more that no one will miss.

Tracklist:

01 - The Saga Begins
02 - My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder
03 - Pretty Fly (For A Rabbi)
04 - The Weird Al Show Theme
05 - Jerry Springer
06 - Germs
07 - Polka Power!
08 - Your Horoscope For Today
09 - It's All About The Pentiums
10 - Truck Drivin' Song
11 - Grapefruit Diet
12 - Albuquerque

Analyzed: "Weird Al" Yankovic / Running With Scissors
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR8 -0.34 dB -12.09 dB 5:29 01-The Saga Begins
DR10 -1.02 dB -12.78 dB 3:26 02-My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder
DR9 -1.07 dB -11.34 dB 3:03 03-Pretty Fly (For A Rabbi)
DR8 -1.53 dB -11.48 dB 1:14 04-The Weird Al Show Theme
DR10 -1.21 dB -13.83 dB 2:47 05-Jerry Springer
DR11 -0.09 dB -13.96 dB 4:39 06-Germs
DR10 -1.48 dB -12.48 dB 4:21 07-Polka Power!
DR10 -1.21 dB -13.02 dB 3:59 08-Your Horoscope For Today
DR10 -1.19 dB -12.61 dB 3:35 09-It's All About The Pentiums
DR10 -1.67 dB -13.46 dB 2:27 10-Truck Drivin' Song
DR10 -1.51 dB -13.05 dB 3:30 11-Grapefruit Diet
DR11 -1.25 dB -14.02 dB 11:23 12-Albuquerque
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1678 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Weird Al Yankovic - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1983-2014/2017) [Official Digital Download]

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Poodle Hat (2003/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 54:42 minutes | 555 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

It's been said that artists will truly know they've entered pop culture when Weird Al Yankovic records a parody of their hit. But what does it mean when pop culture is ahead of Weird Al? Take his parody of the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way," which Yankovic turns into "eBay," but his satire is not far removed from the auction website's own advertising campaign of 2003, where people rave about the junk they bought on eBay to the tune of "My Way" ("I did it eBay"). What does this mean? Well, to begin with, that Weird Al's sensibility has been so thoroughly assimilated by mass culture that it's tougher than ever for him to stay ahead of the game, but it also means that he's getting predictable. Even worse for his music, he's getting older and he doesn't have a finger on the pulse of pop culture anymore. Like Bill O'Reilly ranting about how hip-hop will lead to the destruction of America (something he actually did on The O'Reilly Factor the week Poodle Hat was released), offering generalizations about a culture he doesn't understand, Yankovic seems removed from the culture he's commenting upon, picking up on cues he's heard on Clear Channel radio and read in Entertainment Weekly without exploring the music much itself. For instance, "Angry White Boy Polka," his latest installment in his series of polka parody melodies, is undone by his lack of understanding of the subject, in particular how the White Stripes, the Strokes, and the Hives – none of whom are angry in the slightest – are the polar opposite of Limp Bizkit, Disturbed, and Papa Roach, and their nü-metal ilk (for that matter, Kid Rock is many things, but he ain't angry). Then, there's his parody of Eminem's "Lose Yourself," for which Marshall Mathers refused to let Alfred Matthew Yankovic make a video – an event that gave Poodle Hat a lot of press upon its spring 2003 release. It was the first time an artist denied Al the permission to make a video and all the press portrayed it as another time that Mr. Mathers turned stone-cold humorless in the face of a silly joke (it was Triumph the Insult Comic Dog at the VMAs revisited); after hearing Yankovic's "Couch Potato," it's hard not to sympathize with Em, since unlike his other big pop hit parodies, this has nothing to do with the song. Weird Al doesn't pick up on the theme of the song, or the sound of it, or the lyrics to create a parody, he simply picks television at random, as if jokes about American Idol and Survivor will guarantee laughs and airplay. On top of the randomness of the subject, the jokes are simply bad, culminating in a "My Tivo Thinks I'm Gay" joke ripped off from Mike Binder's unspeakably awful HBO series Mind of the Married Man, where it was done better.

Tracklist:

01 - Couch Potato
02 - Hardware Store
03 - Trash Day
04 - Party At The Leper Colony
05 - Angry White Boy Polka
06 - Wanna B Ur Lovr
07 - A Complicated Song
08 - Why Does This Always Happen To Me?
09 - Ode To A Superhero
10 - Bob
11 - eBay
12 - Genius In France

Analyzed: "Weird Al" Yankovic / Poodle Hat
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -1.05 dB -13.90 dB 4:21 01-Couch Potato
DR10 -0.51 dB -13.89 dB 3:44 02-Hardware Store
DR13 -1.46 dB -15.99 dB 3:12 03-Trash Day
DR11 -0.95 dB -14.31 dB 3:39 04-Party At The Leper Colony
DR11 -1.09 dB -13.59 dB 5:03 05-Angry White Boy Polka
DR12 -1.14 dB -14.76 dB 6:15 06-Wanna B Ur Lovr
DR12 -0.96 dB -15.06 dB 3:40 07-A Complicated Song
DR11 -1.06 dB -14.57 dB 4:52 08-Why Does This Always Happen To Me?
DR13 -1.70 dB -17.15 dB 4:53 09-Ode To A Superhero
DR13 -0.84 dB -15.54 dB 2:29 10-Bob
DR12 -0.84 dB -14.88 dB 3:37 11-eBay
DR12 -1.01 dB -14.63 dB 8:57 12-Genius In France
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1644 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Weird Al Yankovic - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1983-2014/2017) [Official Digital Download]

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Straight Outta Lynwood (2006/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 47:50 minutes | 590 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Three years between Weird Al Yankovic albums has been the norm since the '90s, but a lot happened to the parody king between 2003's Poodle Hat and his 2006 release, Straight Outta Lynwood. First off, Poodle Hat stalled after one single. Then while on tour promoting the album, Yankovic's parents were both killed in their home from carbon monoxide poisoning. Al handled the issue quickly and honestly with his fans, promising to carry on before disappearing for a couple years to cope. Then he came back with the pretty good "You're Pitiful" – a riff on James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" – and as the track wormed its way around the Internet, Blunt's label, Atlantic, recanted their permission for the parody after they had already granted it. The latter event is something Al's been through before and it always drums up some hype, but his quick and snide reference to Atlantic Records in the "White & Nerdy" video seemed genuinely ticked and wiped away some suspicion the whole thing was staged. "White & Nerdy" – a suburban take on Chamillionaire's big hit "Ridin'" – is the hilarious reason to celebrate his return, and the album it lands on is inspired. The original, non-parody material is usually where the man stumbles, but here the ridiculous "Weasel Stomping Day" and clever "Don't Download This Song" offer something that isn't filler. "White & Nerdy" – where the terminally uncool singer boasts he's a "whiz at Minesweeper" and "fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon" – is up there with his best, and "Canadian Idiot" – a hockey-loving, toque-wearing rip on Green Day's "American Idiot" – is great, making this effort already one highlight better than Poodle Hat. The latest installment in his series of polka parody melodies – this time it's "Polkarama!" – is a brilliant roll through the recent hits of Modest Mouse, 50 Cent, Rihanna, and many more with a short tribute to the legendary Spike Jones stuck at the end, a thrilling moment for novelty fanatics. Topping it off is the 11-minute "Trapped in the Drive-Thru," which turns R. Kelly's epic "Trapped in the Closet" into an excruciating – but funny – wait for that greasy bag that will most likely contain the wrong order. This handful of prime Yankovic overshadows the only mildly humorous Usher and Taylor Hicks parodies and the couple original tunes that really drag, but Yankovic's fans don't expect perfection until the next "best-of" rolls around. Lynwood's highs are higher than usual, with Yankovic trying harder and landing more shots. Turns out novelty music's silliest hitmaker is a survivor.

Tracklist:

01 - White & Nerdy (Parody Of Ridin' By Chamillionaire Feat. Krayzie Bone)
02 - Pancreas
03 - Canadian Idiot (Parody Of American Idiot By Green Day)
04 - I'll Sue Ya
05 - Polkarama!
06 - Virus Alert
07 - Confessions Pt. Iii (Parody Of Confessions Pt. Ii By Usher)
08 - Weasel Stomping Day
09 - Close But No Cigar
10 - Do I Creep You Out (Parody Of Do I Make You Proud By Taylor Hicks)
11 - Trapped In The Drive-Thru (Parody Of Trapped In The Closet By R. Kelly)
12 - Don't Download This Song

Analyzed: "Weird Al" Yankovic / Straight Outta Lynwood
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR12 -1.14 dB -14.09 dB 2:51 01-White & Nerdy (Parody Of Ridin' By Chamillionaire Feat. Krayzie Bone)
DR12 -1.46 dB -16.59 dB 3:48 02-Pancreas
DR10 -1.43 dB -12.73 dB 2:23 03-Canadian Idiot (Parody Of American Idiot By Green Day)
DR11 -1.59 dB -13.78 dB 3:51 04-I'll Sue Ya
DR11 -1.63 dB -14.36 dB 4:17 05-Polkarama!
DR11 -1.32 dB -13.60 dB 3:46 06-Virus Alert
DR14 -1.53 dB -17.09 dB 3:52 07-Confessions Pt. Iii (Parody Of Confessions Pt. Ii By Usher)
DR11 -0.76 dB -14.72 dB 1:34 08-Weasel Stomping Day
DR11 -1.39 dB -13.37 dB 3:56 09-Close But No Cigar
DR10 -1.43 dB -14.62 dB 2:47 10-Do I Creep You Out (Parody Of Do I Make You Proud By Taylor Hicks)
DR12 -1.23 dB -15.49 dB 10:51 11-Trapped In The Drive-Thru (Parody Of Trapped In The Closet By R. Kelly)
DR10 -1.07 dB -13.54 dB 3:54 12-Don't Download This Song
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1577 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Weird Al Yankovic - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1983-2014/2017) [Official Digital Download]

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Alpocalypse (2011/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 46:01 minutes | 558 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

From its smattering of cute original songs to its wealth of brilliant parodies, Weird Al’s Alpocalypse fits the Yankovic album template splendidly, offering a great gut busters-to-groaners ratio, and featuring one of the best pop-in-a-polka-style medleys in the man’s catalog, “Polka Face.” The inspired medley covers everyone from Kesha (“Tik Tok”) to Owl City (“Fireflies”) at breakneck speed, but the highlight has to be Al’s take on Kid Cudi (“Day ‘N’ Nite”) where backpacker lyrics (“The lonely stoner seems to free himself at night”) meets babushka music. “Party in the C.I.A.” takes a Miley Cyrus cut and turns it into a glittery covert operations party (“Payin’ the bribes like yeah/Pluggin’ the leaks like yeah”) while “Whatever You Like” is the T.I. track of the same name but on food stamps, promising the ladies any flavor of Top Ramen they crave. The creative high point is “CNR,” which has to be the only White Stripes-influenced, Charles Nelson Reilly S&M song in the known universe, and if you’ve ever sold any unwanted crap online, “Craigslist” will be a close second. Only bummer for loyal fans is that five of these tracks are repeated from the Internet Leaks EP, but ignore that redundancy, and Al remains the undisputed king of the parody song.

Tracklist:

01 - Perform This Way
02 - CNR
03 - TMZ
04 - Skipper Dan
05 - Polka Face
06 - Craigslist
07 - Party In The CIA
08 - Ringtone
09 - Another Tattoo
10 - If That Isn't Love
11 - Whatever You Like
12 - Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me

Analyzed: "Weird Al" Yankovic / Alpocalypse
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR12 -1.84 dB -15.41 dB 2:55 01-Perform This Way
DR12 -1.51 dB -14.89 dB 3:21 02-CNR
DR10 -1.34 dB -12.57 dB 3:40 03-TMZ
DR11 -1.48 dB -14.52 dB 4:01 04-Skipper Dan
DR11 -1.59 dB -14.81 dB 4:47 05-Polka Face
DR12 -1.49 dB -16.86 dB 4:53 06-Craigslist
DR11 -1.28 dB -13.81 dB 2:57 07-Party In The CIA
DR11 -1.66 dB -14.40 dB 3:25 08-Ringtone
DR11 -1.71 dB -14.72 dB 2:50 09-Another Tattoo
DR11 -1.53 dB -14.03 dB 3:48 10-If That Isn't Love
DR11 -1.35 dB -14.00 dB 3:42 11-Whatever You Like
DR11 -1.00 dB -15.11 dB 5:42 12-Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1570 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Weird Al Yankovic - The Hi-Res Album Collection (1983-2014/2017) [Official Digital Download]

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Mandatory Fun (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 45:26 minutes | 552 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Already accepted as a bona fide talent in the world of parody – his musicianship, comedic timing, his pop-culture reference awareness, and his great wordplay are all well-documented – the only thing that matters when it comes to "Weird Al" Yankovic albums is how inspired the king of novelty songs sounds on any given LP. On his 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun, the inspiration meter goes well into the red, something heard instantly as Iggy Azalea's electro-rap "Fancy" does a complete 180 thematically on the opening "Handy," the song now heading toward the local home improvement store where the craftsmen vogue in their orange vests and blow sweet come-ons like "I'll bring you up to code" and "My socket wrenches are second to none." Pharrell's "Happy" becomes "Tacky" and Al's amazing ability to follow an everyday poke ("Wear my Ed Hardy shirt with fluorescent orange pants") with something brainy and reserved ("Got my new résumé, it's printed in Comic Sans") surprises once more, but for end-to-end "wows," it's his brilliant redo of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," now the smug and twerking "Word Crimes," which gives copy editors, English professors, and grammar nerds a reason to hit the dancefloor ("And listen up when I tell you this/I hope you never use quotation marks for emphasis!"). Hardcore and hilarious musical moments start to happen when Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" becomes "Inactive," a singalong anthem for the sluggish and the slovenly ("Near comatose, no exercise/Don't tag my toe, I'm still alive") with a dubstep-rock bassline that sounds like Galactus burping. Better still is the every-Al-album pop-polka medley, this time called "Now That's What I Call Polka!" which polkas-up Daft Punk ("Get Lucky"), PSY ("Gangnam Style"), and Miley Cyrus ("Wrecking Ball"), and with more Spike Jones-styled sound effects than usual. As for the originals this time out, the "you suck!"-minded "Sports Song" will be unavoidable under Friday night lights once a teen gets hold of it, while the ranting and wonderfully weird "First World Problems" sounds more like the Pixies than anything the Pixies did in 2014. Wonders never cease on Mandatory Fun, and neither do the laughs.

Tracklist:

01 - Handy
02 - Lame Claim To Fame
03 - Foil
04 - Sports Song
05 - Word Crimes
06 - My Own Eyes
07 - NOW That's What I Call Polka!
08 - Mission Statement
09 - Inactive
10 - First World Problems
11 - Tacky
12 - Jackson Park Express

Analyzed: "Weird Al" Yankovic / Mandatory Fun
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -1.52 dB -13.57 dB 2:56 01-Handy
DR11 -1.59 dB -14.07 dB 3:45 02-Lame Claim To Fame
DR9 -1.66 dB -13.16 dB 2:23 03-Foil
DR8 -2.72 dB -12.11 dB 2:14 04-Sports Song
DR12 -1.28 dB -14.32 dB 3:43 05-Word Crimes
DR9 -1.62 dB -12.55 dB 3:41 06-My Own Eyes
DR9 -1.69 dB -12.09 dB 4:06 07-NOW That's What I Call Polka!
DR9 -1.46 dB -12.42 dB 4:29 08-Mission Statement
DR7 -2.05 dB -10.75 dB 2:56 09-Inactive
DR9 -1.64 dB -11.33 dB 3:14 10-First World Problems
DR10 -1.42 dB -13.24 dB 2:53 11-Tacky
DR9 -1.62 dB -14.45 dB 9:05 12-Jackson Park Express
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR9

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1527 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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