Rize of the Fenix - Tenacious D
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  • Summary: The third album for Jack Black and Kyle Gass as Tenacious D features Dave Grohl on drums.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. May 15, 2012
    No joke: Rize Of The Fenix is one of the year's most enjoyable hard-rock records.
  2. May 15, 2012
    [The song] "Rize of the Fenix" is so powerful, so perfect, so representative of what these guys do well, what follows is almost sure to pale in comparison. Luckily, the highlights keep on coming.
  3. Jun 7, 2012
    And so, just like that, Tenacious D are back. They're funny, they're absurd and they're hotter than a phoenix. Sorry, fenix. Let's just hope we don't have to wait another six years for the next one. [May 2012, p.52]
  4. May 15, 2012
    Much like Black's sagging teacher in "School of Rock," this album lives its joke about redemption and returns to past glory.
  5. May 24, 2012
    he best songs on Rize Of The Fenix address that real-life redemption story....Still, it's hard to ignore the fact that the joke is kind of stale.
  6. May 16, 2012
    Yet another viciously fun balls-out rocker of an album.
  7. May 17, 2012
    A colossal disappointment. Tenacious D's album number three fails to capture the comic energy of the band's prior musical output and pales in comparison to other, much funnier rock music moments by the band's contemporaries.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Feb 25, 2014
    Definitely the best album musically by far. The took the step from parody band to a serious rock band. Jack Black definitely screams with vocal talent and the guitar work is top notch. Expand
  2. May 19, 2012
    Watch the video on youtube for Tenacious D - The Roadie BEFORE listening to this album. Explanation to follow.

    Back when I first heard
    Tenacious D's initial album, I watched the video for tribute. It was literally banned from requests on Kerrang several times to give the other artists a chance. That was a fantastic song and the video added so much to it.

    Now with Rize of the Fenix I was able to download the album straight away, but it didn't have that 'context' that the video brought to the original album. After watching the video online for "The Roadie" however all that changed. I had that context and my expectations were set. I found that I immediately enjoyed the album more. There are fewer 'Great' songs than in Tenacious D (the first album) but they are there.

    I would have preferred the shorter songs to be a bit longer. They F##ked our asses feels like a wasted song which could be brilliant live. Only song I don't like was 39 and it wasn't the song, It was just because it couldn't compare to City Hall to close the album off. Making the album feel unfinished.
  3. May 21, 2012
    A much more mature album featuring some of the best vocal work JB has ever laid down. This may not be The D's funniest album but it is their most experimental and perhaps their most rewarding. Expand
  4. Dec 15, 2012
    Superb album by the extremely gifted duo. Black's singing is more versatile and rich than ever and the guitar riffs and solos tell a real story. This album has more of a folk feel than the others. There are still some rock/metal tracks but some of the stuff reminds me of early Tom Waits or Dylan. This album is beautiful in parts and always funny. Expand
  5. Jan 5, 2013
    Genuinely better than most rock albums out there right now. Which says something from the face this is a parody band. They've almost contradicted themselves by being so good at parodying rock that they've actually rocked way beyond that. When I heard of a new Tenacious D album I expected it to be **** but I listened to it and learned it is not only musically good but has it's funny parts. It's more musical than it is funny, the skits are pretty bad but this is a superb album! Expand
  6. Jun 2, 2012
    The D have done better, but Rize of the Fenix is a fine album. Some of the songs are pretentious and aren't as funny as they were before, but songs like "Deth Starr" prove that the D still have more in them. Black tries many different voices, and sings much better than the singers on some of the crap out today like The Men's "Open Your Heart" and Japandroids' "Celebration Rock". It seems to be a bit more than parodying this time, and more of an imitation album, perhaps even an outdoing of some of the more pretentious of rock gods, but it's well produced, can be funny, and is, overall, a good album. Expand
  7. May 17, 2012
    I always thought that the day I didn't like something by the D, that would seriously be the end of my existence, but I'm still here. I really wanted to like this album, i really did but it was really hard to. The writing seems recycled and generally kind if boring. I wont exactly recommend this to anyone, but if you cant believe what everybody else has been saying, just like me, then go ahead but these guys are passed their prime. I'm really sad. Expand

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