Monday, May 5, 2008
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Stefani impression. As with the
last track, these added vocals
sound somewhat out-of-place,
although they will clearly be a
popular addition for clubgoers
who are also gettin' their booties
With a balanced mix between
Timbaland's "Promiscuous Girl"-
esque beats ("Candy Shop")
and the simple poppy splendor
that put Madonna on the map
("Incredible"), Hard Candy is
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caught in two competing arenas.
The singer has certainly matured
since her "Like a Virgin" days
and has been experimenting with
more up-to-the-minute beats
since her critically-acclaimed
1997 hit Ray of Light. On her lat-
est release, Madonna continues
to bridge the gap between her
reigning days of pop stardom in
the '80s and '90s to the realm of
up-and-coming dance-based acts.
While this attempt leaves Hard
Candy a bit disjointed at times,
the album remains a tribute to the
singer's incessant ability to churn
out dance-worthy hits.
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of the Conchords" series on HBO,
w to perform in its history extends back nearly a
decade. Students of theater and
Ann Arbor film, the pair met as roommates at
VictoriaUniversity of Wellington
y DAVID WATNICK in 1998 and founded its musical-
DailyArts Writer comedic partnership soon there-
after. In 2002, they self-released
elf-ascribed descriptions their first album, "Folk the World
are more apt than the label Tour," an assemblage of live takes
ed by Flight of the Con- recorded at various concerts in
"New Zealand's fourth New Zealand.
popular At the same time, the group
based ght of &e got a significant boost with a
ngo hm* series of appearances at promi-
a-rap- nent music and comedy festivals.
)medy Saturday, May The rise culminated in McKenzie
o." Bla- 10 at 8 p.m. and Clement's first taste of wide-
self- Atithe Michigan spread exposure when they land-
ing Theater ed a comedy series on BBC Radio
stylisti- $35 2. Again titled "Flight of the Con-
spot-on, chords," the six-episode musi-
absurdly cal comedy spot allowed them
some distinction should to hone their writing skills and
Flight of the Conchords' further develop the rich charac-
nance at the Michigan ters that comprise their fictional
r Saturday evening. lives.
e the Kiwi duo of Jer- "Flight of the Conchords" the
Clement and Bret McKen- TV series premiered on HBO in
robably best-known for its June and quickly became one of
fictionalself-portrayals on the year's biggest hits and was
named to top-ten lists by both
Time and Entertainment Weekly.
The internationally syndicated,
12-episode run proved a brilliant
vehicle for the duo's nuanced
hard-luck comedy and poignant
overly-literal songs. HBO has
renewed the show for a second
season, expected next year.
August's "The Distant Future"
EP, which marked the pair's debut
release with American label Sub
Pop, garnered the Best Com-
edy Album award at this year's
Grammys. Late last month they
issued their premier full-length
for Sub Pop, yet again a self-titled
product. Featuring re-record-
ed version's of the TV show's
soundtrack, it landed an impres-
sive number-three debut on the
Billboard 200 albums chart.
Although Flight of the Con-
chords only has twelve cities
scheduled on this American tour
in support of the album, Ann
Arbor was fortunate enough to
be one of them. Clement and
McKenzie have proven remark-
ably successful in deliveringtheir
schtick via an array of mediums,
and stage is no exception.
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