Please excuse me if some of this week’s reviews are short. I was so mentally exhausted after listening to these 10+ minute songs that I could only write a few curt sentences about most of them.
Weird Al’s opus is an eleven-minute comedy routine detailing the absurd pitfalls in an unfortunate narrator’s life. “Albuquerque” was the perfect song for sixth-grade me, with the perfect balance of quotable sillines (“where the towels are oh-so-fluffy”) and genuine punchlines (the entire riff about the disastrous flight is genius).
A decade and a half later, I am still fond of the track, with some reservations. Calling this a “song” is generous: While other Weird Al classics blend songsmanship with satire (e.g. “Your Horoscope for Today”), “Albuquerque” is all yuks. Most of the song is spoken word.
My second hesitation is that the song descends into nihilism and violence a few too many times. I prefer the absurdities and anti-punchlines to the detailed descriptions of dismemberment, etc.
Lastly, I hoped my more-mature ears would detect some pathos or coming-of-age angst underneath the gags. That was foolish, though — this is “Weird Al,” not Judd Apatow. What you hear is what you get. (Even if what you hear is a story about a kid hating sauerkraut.)