One factor of “Weird Al” Yankovic is, while he can be a very funny and clever man, he also has an excellent voice, one which perfectly suits his varied material. It can be both comical, and deep and mellow, even if his songs don’t tend to fit into the latter category.
This is one of Al’s best albums, although - as with In 3-D -
it's more entertaining than funny, with a fuller sounding production from Rick Derringer than on his first two records.
Song adaptions include songs from Madonna (“Like a Surgeon”), Huey Lewis (“I Want a New Duck”), The Kinks (“Yoda”), and Cyndi Lauper (“Girls Just Want to Have Lunch”). Of those, "Surgeon" is modest, "Duck" quite delightfully mean-spirited, "Yoda" as catchy as The Kinks' original, and "Girls" something of a misfire.
Some of the highlights are again Yankovic's own compositions ... the doo-wop “One More Minute” remains one of his greatest broken-heart spoofs, while “Slime Creatures from Outer Space” is hysterically enjoyable. Then there's the Devo-styled title track, which is irresistibly fun.
The two originals near the end - "This Is the Life" and "Cable TV" - are decent enough, without being anything amazing, but his second pot-pourri of popular songs of the time finishes the record in highly entertaining style.
Dare to Be Stupid
pretty much matches In 3-D
, and remains near the top of the tree in Yankovic's catalogue. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor