Picks and Pans Review: Running with Scissors
“Weird Al” Yankovic (Volcano)
Thanks to a makeover, Yankovic has lost his trademark nerd-caught-in-the-headlights look. But the 39-year-old comedian-singer-musician who brought us such novelty hits as “Eat It,” a spoof of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” and “Smells Like Nirvana,” has not lost his knack for lampooning pop heroes. On Scissors, his 10th studio album, Yankovic swipes at sacred pop-culture cows from Star Wars (“The Saga Begins”) to glum Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder. “Like he’s some big tortured genius,” Yankovic sings (in “My Baby’s in Love with Eddie Vedder”), “and I’m some kinda wiener.” On the hilarious “Pretty Fly for a Rabbi,” Yankovic parodies an Offspring hit, and on “Polka Power,” he gives the accordion treatment to tunes by Hanson and the Beastie Boys, among others.
Bottom Line: Lots of laughs, and you can dance to ’em