Rize of the Fenix

Rize of the Fenix

by Tenacious D
     
 

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It's no mystery why Tenacious D call their third album Rize of the Fenix. JB and KG suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune when they unleashed The Pick of Destiny in 2006, a feature film -- complete with an accompanying soundtrack -- that netted approximately no new fans and may even have cost them aSee more details below

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Overview

It's no mystery why Tenacious D call their third album Rize of the Fenix. JB and KG suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune when they unleashed The Pick of Destiny in 2006, a feature film -- complete with an accompanying soundtrack -- that netted approximately no new fans and may even have cost them a few. Well aware of this bomb, it's imperative that the D fashion their third album -- arriving a long six years after Pick -- as a triumphant comeback, a Fenix rising from the ashes, if you will. And, for the most part, the D do succeed, the best moments of Rize of the Fenix easily flattening the bloat of The Pick of Destiny. If they happen to lose a bit of their sense of rampaging grandeur, they compensate with tightly constructed epics that impress by their lack of fat: the title-track suite gallops along with purpose, "To Be the Best" is a gleeful send-up of "The Power" (animated Transformers by way of Boogie Nights), "Roadie" is a heartfelt salute to its overlooked namesake, and country-rock closer "39" is an ode to an aging groupie. This is all, in the parlance of another of the album's highlights, "Low Hangin' Fruit." Tenacious D don't stray from their songs of rock & roll and songs of themselves, but considering the pit that they were in, they can't be faulted for being overly careful, even if that caution can make parts of the album -- namely the spoken skits, the staged blow-ups between Hollywood Jack and Rage Kage, and a few of the songs about rocking -- feel a little long in tooth. Nevertheless, Rize of the Fenix does amount to a rousing comeback for Tenacious D: they're back to their old tricks, oblivious to whether the world at large actually cares about their shenanigans.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2012
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886919523225
catalogNumber:
195232
Rank:
36736

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tenacious D   Primary Artist
Jack Black   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Jon Brion   Synthesizer,Bass,Mellotron
Dave Grohl   Drums
Page McConnell   Synthesizer
John Kimbrough   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Mellotron,Hand Clapping,Foot Stomping,Finger Snapping
Kyle Gass   Acoustic Guitar,Flute,Percussion,Recorder,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
John Spiker   Organ,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Hand Clapping,Foot Stomping
Chris Bautista   Trumpet
John Konesky   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hand Clapping,Lap Steel Guitar,Foot Stomping,Guitar (Nylon String)
Christopher Wray   Pedal Steel Guitar
Scott Seiver   Percussion,Drums
Mike Hoy   Trombone

Technical Credits

Jack Black   Composer,Whistle
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
John King   Producer
John Kimbrough   Composer,Programming,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Mark Kaplan   Management
Jim Krewson   Illustrations
Josh Wilbur   Engineer
Kyle Gass   Composer
Bob Odenkirk   Composer
Andrew Gross   String Arrangements
John Spiker   Programming,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Don Muller   Booking
Rebel Steiner   Legal Counsel
J.D. Ryznar   Composer
Christina Courtier   Management

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