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Tenacious D

The Pick of Destiny  Hear it Now

RS: 2.5of 5 Stars Average User Rating: 4of 5 Stars

2006

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Any album that begins with the line "A long-ass fucking time ago in a town called Kickapoo" can't be all that bad, but somehow the soundtrack to Tenacious D's long promised movie The Pick of Destiny never quite takes off. The fifteen tunes here tell the fictitious story of how Jack Black met Kyle Gass, formed Tenacious D and later fought some sort of demon to obtain the mythical pick of destiny. Many of the songs, such as "Break In City (Storm the Gate)" and "Car Chase City," exist solely to advance the plot and will be funny only to tweeners who have watched the movie eight times (not that there's anything wrong with that). The music is Tenacious D's trademark overwrought Seventies folk metal, featuring cameos by Meat Loaf, Dave Grohl and, of course, metal god Ronnie James Dio. This soundtrack would be a great bonus disc for the movie's eventual DVD release, but as a stand-alone it falls way short of their vastly superior debut album.

ANDY GREENE

(Posted: Nov 1, 2006)

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Review 1 of 3

longlivetd writes:

4of 5 Stars

This is a good tenacious d cd, not great. But you have to keep in mind that this is a soundtrack. It may have been marketed as a standalone album, but it is not. As a D fan i enjoyed this CD, as i think any D fan would. And if you enjoyed the movie, the album is a great buy, but remember it's not a standalone album, its a soundtrack.

Nov 29, 2006 20:46:37

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ElChooch writes:

5of 5 Stars

Let me begin by saying that I can't begin to comprehend how Rolling Stone's reviewer can give The Pick of Destiny such a horribly low score, it's to the point that I have to wonder if he even heard the album at all. For fans of the D, this is simply a return to greatness that is hilarious in an entirely different way from the original album, which is, as Pick is, an outright classic. The level of sheer rocking power D brings to this new album is quite literally mind blowing: you just gotta hear it. Understanding that a user giving an album a 5 star rating is an eye rolling type of thing, just please, for the love of whatever you do or don't worship, don't listen to this downhill rag of a magazine on this review- you would be passing up a classic.

Nov 19, 2006 13:33:20

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ddcross5x writes:

Not Rated

Tenacious D's album 'The Pick of Destiny' will be in record stores Nov. 14, and will serve as the soundtrack to the band's upcoming motion picture, "Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny.' Tenacious D's self-titled debut album was released in 2001, born from the comedic genius of actors Jack Black (School of Rock) and Kyle Gass (Bubble Boy). When I first heard the song 'Wonder Boy' in the spring of 2001 the band became an instant favorite of mine. Black and Gass put on the costumes of 1980s rock gods and give metal legend Ronnie James Dio, who has a guest appearance on the new album, a message. "Dio has rocked for a long, long time, now it's time for him to pass the torch. He has songs of wildebeests and angels, he has soared on the wings of a demon." Tenacious D's sound is a blend of 70s classic rock instrumentals and stoner comedy. "The first decree is to legalize marijuana. The tyranny and the bullshit has gone on too long. You old f****n' shrives who blocked its legalization, you're banished from the land," as an example. Tenacious D's upcoming album shows promise considering John King, who has worked with artists Korn, Linkin Park and Beck, is producing it. The album also features rock legends Meatloaf and Dio along with Dave Grohl (Nirvana and Foo Fighters) on drums. Black said in an AOL Music interview: "Ronnie (James Dio) throws down vocals. And don't forget the Loaf. Here's the amazing thing about the Loaf. He hasn't sung in a movie since the mother-f****g Rocky Horror Picture Show. Been saving himself for the D. Thirty years later he throws down, and throws down hard, I might add, said Black. I have to say from a fan's perspective I was disappointed with 'Pick of Destiny' the first single off the new album. Tenacious D's decision to launch this song first is nothing more than marketing at its best. They use the lyrics in this song to promote the film. "If you're a diva then go to Geneva. And if you're a crony then suck on my boney. And if you are groovy then get in my movie. It's called 'The Pick of Destiny,' 'The Pick of Destiny,'" as an example. If you've been living under a rock and never heard Tenacious D, they sound a bit like Styx, the Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin meets Weird Al, Eric Swartz and Liam Lynch.

Nov 11, 2006 17:49:39

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