The Lonely Island
Turtleneck and Chain

  • 4★★★★☆
  • Reviewed by John
  • Published on May 9th, 2011 at 9:00a.m.
Cover artwork for Turtleneck and Chain

Having such a brilliant debut album is a blessing and a curse. How were The Lonely Island meant to successfully follow up an album which featured Jizz in my Pants, I'm on a Boat and Like a Boss? Yeah, a pretty tall order.

They've managed to do it though. This album's filled with fantastically produced tracks (with equally fantastic videos), featuring a lot of cameos from a load of different celebrities; Akon, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Snoop Dogg (who seems to be featuring on just about every song ever these days for no apparent reason). Justin Timberlake even comes back on Motherlover (which is literally what it sounds like) — an obvious follow up to Dick in a Box.

It's broadly the same themes as the first album, namely crude sexual humour and parodies of popular culture. This is a good thing. Tracks like I Just Had Sex and Motherlover are both brilliantly funny lyrically, but the full effect comes from the videos that accompany the tracks. Motherlover:

See. If you want to watch the other videos from the album, there are links to them in the tracklist on the right hand side of this page.

The album's ram-packed with pop culture references (which is probably a side effect of it actually being quite a large part of popular culture, at least in the US). Tracks like Jack Sparrow and Rocky are laced with references, and while they're not generally as funny as other tracks on the album, they're still a good listen.

My only (albeit minor) problem with the album is that you don't get the full 'funniness' of the songs without watching the videos, which is sort of to be expected from an album by a sketch comedy troupe. Whatever, you should go and buy this (or just watch the videos for free on the web).

About Turtleneck and Chain

Released:

2011

Genre:

Comedypop

Tracklist

  1. We're Back

  2. Mama

  3. I Just Had Sex (feat. Akon)

  4. Jack Sparrow (feat. Michael Bolton)

  5. Attracted To Us (feat. Beck)

  6. Rocky

  7. My Mic (interlude)

  8. Turtleneck and Chain (feat. Snoop Dogg)

  9. Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie & Clyde (feat. Rihanna)

  10. Trouble on Dookie Island

  11. Falcor vs. Atreyu (Classy Skit #1)

  12. Motherlover (feat. Justin Timberlake)

  13. The Creep (feat. Nicki Minaj & John Waters)

  14. Watch Me Do Me (Classy Skit #2)

  15. Threw It On The Ground

  16. Japan

  17. After Party (feat. Santigold)

  18. No Homo

  19. No Homo (Outro)

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