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Rize Of The Fenix

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Rize of the Fenix is the third album from Tenacious D and is the follow-up to 2006's gold The Pick of Destiny and 2001's platinum debut album Tenacious D.

Produced by the brilliant John Kimbrough, Rize Of The Fenix was recorded in the garage behind his LA home and features Jack Black and Kyle Gass (Tenacious D's core duo), performing with Dave Grohl (drums), John Spiker (bass, piano, organ) and John Konesky (electric guitar). The album was engineered and mixed by John Spiker who has been touring with the band for years.

From their concentrated effort emerged thirteen profoundly evocative tracks, the making of which the band describes as a "journey similar to that of Gandolph in The Lord of the Rings." When the ill received Pick of Destiny movie failed to strike box office gold, it virtually stripped away the duos rock god stature overnight. "There we no more bouncers waving us through the velvet ropes, we were persona non gratta" said singer Jack Black. Kyle Gass added, "There we were- just like Gandolph the grey, down in the muck- but we never gave up, We defeated our own personal demons and began chipping away, slowly climbing back to the land of the living-when we emerged we were no longer the old Tenacious D, we were Gandolph the white, with new powers and wisdom and bravery and skills."

Rize of the Fenix was recorded over the past six years as Tenacious D went back to their roots. "We recorded down and dirty in a friend's garage with a shoestring budget of 600 dollars, much like Nirvana's first album "Bleach"-or the Beatles first album "Help". Rough and yet a masterpiece."
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  • Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B007D7H6IW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This could be - and I'm still mulling this over as of yet - Tenacious D's best album to date. For me, it doesn't have the same addictive, "short but sweet" vibe as P.O.D, but it's certainly the strongest thing they've done. It branches out, it experiments, and each track has something new to add to the table. Don't worry though, it still has many traits of the classic D. It has that effortless, smooth rhythm that defines their sound.

1) Rize of the Fenix - A great opening song. Slow melodic start, and then the speed picks up and...The D is back! There's nothing amazingly different about it but it sure as hell reminds you just why you love the band. Reminds me of "City Hall", and that's certainly not a bad thing!

2) Low Hanging Fruit - This one is interesting. It's unusually fast for this band. It expands their talents and manages to be very addictive too. What's more, it has that balance of soft acoustic and distorted electric guitar which melds together for great effect.

3) Classical Teacher - The first skit of the album. You'll have to make up your own mind about this...humour is subjective. What the hell am I saying, you're a D fan! Funny stuff!

4) Senorita - Another new sound. I've just been reminded why I love Kyle's guitar-playing. At this point we're seeing some serious variety. The explosive ending is classic Tenacious D.

5) Deth Starr - Nice relaxing opening, then BANG! Addictive, fast-paced riffs and smooth flowing vocals from Mr Jack Black. You'll be singing along with this one, I guarantee.

6) Roadie - This one seems to be getting a lot of praise, but it doesn't do much for me. Objectively, I can see that it's a good song, but for me, there's nothing captivating about it.
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IN SHORT: Buy this album -- it's tremendous! Listen to it a lot and it will grow on you (like the blurred out giant evil 'fenix' on the album cover ;)

LONGER REVIEW: I couldn't wait for this album to come out. I set aside the evening, prepared -- stereo cranked up, on my fourth or fifth drink, etc. -- and listened straight through paying close attention. My first impression wasn't great to be honest -- I thought it was a little "soft". I almost wrote a knee-jerk negative review saying the D had lost it etc. Instead I went to bed. The next day I listened to the album again but in the background at a lower volume. It started getting its hooks into me. That was last week, and I've now listened to the album a dozen times or so. I've also done a "comprehensive review" of the D recently -- I've listened to the other 2 albums a bunch of times and rewatched everything including the POD movie. My conclusion? "The Rize of the Fenix" is a very rich, multi-layered and creative album. Dare I say it's really "mature," in the sense that JB & KG's songwriting has evolved to encompass a wider variety of styles. Don't worry -- it's still really vulgar, profane and hilarious, but the scope is wider in my opinion. "39," and "The Ballad Of Hollywood Jack And The Rage Kage" stand out in this regard (anyone else hear Neil Diamond in there?) And I don't mean that they've half-assed tried to write songs in genres other than metal/rock in order to appear creative and diverse but ended up contriving some BS. Not at all. They've upped the ante and successfully produced a complex and advanced masterpiece. The impression I get is that they are far from complacent -- they've worked their asses off in the interim and pushed their own limits and it paid off.
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I've listened to the original D album about a hundred billion times, and yet Pick of Destiny never really did it for me. I don't know what it was about it, but it seemed to lack a lot of the humor and creativity that made the first album stand out so well. I decided to pick this up just to see if things had changed and, lo and behold, I found an album that, at least in my opinion, easily rivals the first on almost all fronts.

The long, ever-changing ballad which opens up this album is exactly what I wanted from my D. The voice of Jables mixed with the Rage Kage dishing out those tasty riffs seemed to return me immediately to the end of the first album, seemingly beginning where they had left off at "City Hall". Songs like "Deth Starr" and "Ballad of Hollywood Jack" are amazingly fun to listen to, and there is a lot here where they try out some new things as well without lapsing over into territory that is boring or doesn't work. It ALL works, and there really isn't a lull on this album that I can think of.

The gist is, if you are a fan of Tenacious D at all, then you will almost certainly like this album, and perhaps even love it. The Pick of Destiny might not have been my cup of tea, but Rize of the Fenix is the monster shot of bourbon I was waiting for.
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I love the D. I'm actually seeing them for the second time on their Fenix tour. However, this album is mediocre compared to the first two. It is a short album (I got the Best Buy edition with two extra tracks which makes it feel more like their previous works in terms of length). Here's a simple breakdown:

-Tracks "Rize of the Fenix," "Roadie," "To Be the Best," and a few others are standouts. "Roadie" I think is one of their best songs of all time.
-The actual music is good in terms of diversity. Different styles, genres, tempos, etc. all appear on the album. The song "39" is a great example of the reaching out a bit (a sort of old-country-ish ballad).

-Length is short (as I mentioned earlier).
-Skits. There's only two. They're great, but again, only two. Where's the "small seasoned curlies" and "one song in the song"?
-There's some duds on here that are not terribly funny nor great as just a song. Though nothing on the album I would classify as terrible, "Throw Down" "Low Hanging Fruit" and "Rivers of Brown (BB Bonus Track)" are pretty forgettable.

I've only had the album a week, but I know every word and fluctuation in Jack's voice on the previous albums. I have a feeling that won't be happening with this one...worth buying though if you're an above average to fanatic D fan.
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Uh is the phoenix a penis and balls?
Yes. That is a cock and balls. I want this airbrushed on the side of my van.
Apr 20, 2012 by Jacob Koehler |  See all 10 posts
censorship sucks
Pretty sure that isn't on the actual CD cover you guys. They can't show the cover on the website, its pretty much a dick and balls...
May 14, 2012 by J. Frankart |  See all 5 posts
Perhaps the most frustrating example of "bonus track" madness...
I agree. I just literally found out about the bonus tracks and its been like 2 years. I've had the album since day 1 too.
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Pricing fail?
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