Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Turtleneck & Chain - #1 Album on iTunes!!!

That Was Quick: The Lonely Island's "Turtleneck And Chain" Is The #1 Album On iTunes

Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone -- the Lonely Island -- released their album, "Turtleneck and Chain" this morning. It hit number-one by lunchtime.

So does this mean the comedy record is officially back?

Well, no -- but "Turtleneck and Chain" offers hints as to how it can get there.

Audio recordings of somebody's standup no longer feel like a full experience in the Internet era.

But Samberg and Co. have hit upon a formula that works: jokes-and-beats mashups that don't just contain clever lines -- they also just sound funny, period, when they aren't being catchy.

Their comedy style is personal, but the laughs themselves are broad. No bitter, insidery bits here -- we know 14-year-olds and 40-year-olds who cry laughing at "I Just Had Sex."

Plus, the album is perfectly packaged for electronic download -- it comes with 9 videos. Lonely Island lovers can watch most of those on Hulu, but they're paying for them anyway.

Of course, for all the well-deserved critical praise that's heaped on the group, it's easy to forget they do have one big advantage over you, your buddies and your Flip Cam: they're on "Saturday Night Live," and they get to take advantage of the production values and celebrity cameos that come with it.

Although, who knows -- Michael Bolton looked like he was really enjoying himself on during last week's digital short. Maybe he'd be up for an encore performance on your YouTube channel.


Thanks to Tisha for the scoop!

Have you bought Turtleneck & Chain yet? What do you think of it?


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