• Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Nov 14, 2006

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Laugh if you like, but [Black is] as convincing as any of today's straight-faced metal revivalists. [17 Nov 2006, p.127]
  2. It plays like a hilarious concept album more than anything.
  3. Billboard
    Tenacious D insists it is the greatest band in the world, and on a couple occasions during this soundtrack to the duo's upcoming film of the same name, you kinda believe it. [18 Nov 2006]
  4. "The Pick Of Destiny" is likely to be among the finest cock rock albums about magical plectrums released this year.
  5. This may not be a concept album, but it's structured as a narrative, mirroring the plot of the movie. Unfortunately, this doesn't give The Pick of Destiny the weight or grandeur of a true concept album, because a lot of the music sounds as if it serves the movie, and doesn't stand tall when separated from the film.
  6. Only My Chemical Romance are funnier, albeit by accident.
  7. Uncut
    [It] lives or dies on whether you think... Jack Black is a comic messiah or a juvenile chump. [Dec 2006, p.129]
  8. This soundtrack would be a great bonus disc for the movie's eventual DVD release, but as a stand-alone it falls way short of their vastly superior debut album.
  9. Whereas their first album hit the mark perfectly, The Pick of Destiny swings wildly and misses.
  10. Spin
    Devotees will probably find it terribly amusing. Everyone else might want to hit the bong pretty hard beforehand. [Dec 2006, p.102]
  11. That comedy gap between concept and finished product appears to be par for the course with Black's ventures.
  12. 40
    There’s only so much even a metal fan can swallow.
  13. Not only are these not the greatest songs in the world, they're not even a tribute to them.
  14. Whereas [debut album] Tenacious D was a brilliant parody of the blood-and-thunder metal genre, functioning as a cohesive, hilarious whole, The Pick Of Destiny is mere bong resin.
  15. New Musical Express (NME)
    The only person this record would ever appeal to is the man who made it--Jack Black. [11 Nov 2006, p.43]
  16. Q Magazine
    There are no real songs here, only weak gags and unfunny skits. [Jan 2007, p.152]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 52
  2. Negative: 5 out of 52
  1. PeterG.
    Mar 19, 2007
    How this is only a 52 just baffles me. This is one of the more hillarious rock songs in recent history.
  2. LukeB
    Apr 22, 2007
    it was good.
  3. JCopland
    Dec 21, 2006
    Seriously, people, this is a very funny and rockin' record. And who gives a crap how long the playing time is as long as all the tracks Seriously, people, this is a very funny and rockin' record. And who gives a crap how long the playing time is as long as all the tracks are as strong as this material is. Jack Black's vocal skills put to shame 95% of the singers that currently populate the airwaves today. Full Review »