The Lonely Island's third studio disc presents an unlikely problem: Nearly eight years after they attained instant comedy-rap stardom with "Lazy Sunday," these
veterans have become better rappers than comedians.
On "The Wack Album," Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone rhyme with impressive style and sharp detail over tracks that sound virtually indistinguishable from those on records by
Other guests include
But with songs about nerdy white people ("Hugs"), gastrointestinal distress ("Perfect Saturday") and fraught sexual relations with older women (a slow jam featuring T-Pain that has an unprintable title), "The Wack Album" feels awfully short on fresh ideas. And though it's churlish to complain about a tune in which Hugh Jackman debases himself so gamely, the raunchy "You've Got the Look" is a painfully obvious retread of Michael Bolton's self-effacing turn in the Lonely Island's 2011 viral hit "Jack
The Lonely Island
"The Wack Album"
Two stars (out of four)