Flight Of The Conchords - Flight Of The Conchords

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. This is top-flight stuff, and not just because I needed to glancingly reference the band’s name before signing off.
  2. Many songs play out like shared "private" jokes but succeed all the time. [Spring 2008, p.75]
  3. Best of all, the Conchords never force their hand, frequently letting bizarre sonic references and awkward lyrical fumbles serve as unspoken punchlines.
  4. Somehow, even after you know all the punchlines, the tunes are solid enough to still bear pressing ‘repeat’.
  5. 80
    It's safe to say this is the most endlessly playable comedy album of the new millennium. [May 2008, p.95]
  6. 80
    This long player is an ecstatic thrill ride through a world of comic minutia to tide FOTC's cult fan base over until their second season resumes after HBO's typical year and a half gap. [May/June 2008, p.92]
  7. The music is clever and catchy enough to give it merit for repeated listens. Buy the DVD first to get the full story and then pick this up for road trip sing-alongs.
  8. Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement are indeed funny, but over the course of an album they're musical enough to withstand repeated plays. [June 2008, p.138]
  9. This album is a nice collection of songs for our fans.
  10. Lends itself to numerous repeat listens and laughs.
  11. This album will make your life considerably better.
  12. Overall, Flight of the Conchords created a well-rounded, original, and entertaining album filled with classic songs from their hit show.
  13. The 15 tracks presented are a perfect addition to any iPod and would certainly serve well as background music to any hipster wannabe party you throw.
  14. The result is an album that is every bit as engaging as ear-candy as humor.
  15. The only thing missing, really, is the visual context. That's a big piece of some of these songs--it is a TV show, after all--but even so, Flight of the Conchords the album is a thorough, and thoroughly entertaining, overview of Flight of the Conchords the band.
  16. If you’re not spending your days gnawing on your sofa pillows waiting for the new season of their program to premiere, Flight of the Conchords will probably appease you no questions asked.
  17. Pulling off the high-wire act of musical comedy this well deserves an unabashed kudos.
  18. The album does have its duds--like 'The Prince of Parties' and 'Boom'--but a cut like 'The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)' makes the album entirely worthwhile.
  19. Flight of the Conchords ultimately succeeds apart from its parent television show because it’s a modest comedy album.
  20. In other words: Sure they're funny, but are these songs supposed to be any good? Surprisingly, yes.
  21. 70
    Fans of the TV show will have heard versions of almost all these songs before. The problem is, they've also seen these songs before.
  22. The lyrics hold their own as comedy poetry, and the album as a whole is stuffed with feel-good laughs.
  23. 60
    Divorced from their HBO series, the songs have room to stretch a little, only occasionally sacrificing context. [May 2008, p.98]
  24. I feel like Flight of the Conchords could do something interesting if they embraced the absurdity of their act and didn’t stand aloof from it at an ironic distance.
  25. But as a musical concern, the Conchords can’t hold a candle to [Tenacious] D, a shortcoming that’s much more apparent on this homonymous CD than it is on TV.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. PeterK
    Aug 17, 2009
    Stunningly original understated ironic musical parody that lampoons the two musicians in a band that are the biggest social losers since Charlie Brown came on the scene 50 years ago! Full Review »
  2. ArchibaldC
    Sep 25, 2008
    It's a good album, but anybody who's familiar with the band's live act (especially their HBO special) should realize that FOTC's comedy comes not from funny references but their perfect comic timing. They've sacrificed much of the awesome awkwardness of their live act for slick production, which kills much of the humor, like a funny stand-up comedian forced into a merely decent sitcom. Fans of the show will like it, but both the show and album suffer from this overproduction. Full Review »
  3. AW
    May 22, 2008
    Incredibly funny, something that everyone should be able to enjoy.