Al Yankovic: A Weird New Album

by Ronald A. Rowe July 28th, 2014
Weird Al’s fourteenth studio album, Mandatory Fun, hit the internet (and record stores, too, for you old-fashioned types) July 15th.  It may be his last studio album, depending on whom you ask.  While there is no disagreement about the fact that Yankovic will continue to make his trademark style of parody music for the foreseeable future, there is some reason to think that he will move away from the traditional album format toward a more rapid digital singles model.  Considering how timely the nature of his art is, that would seem like a prudent move.  At this point, no
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Al Yankovic: Weird Music

by Ronald A. Rowe July 21st, 2014 | Featured Artist
Weird Al Yankovic is the best-selling comedy recording artist of all time.  Over the past two weeks we have reviewed his career chronologically (with the occasional detour along the way) here and here.  This week we take a look at the surprisingly diverse and accomplished body of work that Yankovic has produced over the years.

Weird Al’s music can be separated into two categories: direct parodies such as Like a Surgeon and Eat It, and original songs like One More
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