Keven's Music Review: JIMMY FALLON – Blow Your Pants Off
Published: June 19, 2012 - 10:47am
Late Night host Jimmy Fallon has just unleashed what is not only a hilarious music album but a statement that proves in my opinion that he is without a doubt the best talk show host on television. 'Blow Your Pants Off' is essential listening.
Although the majority of the tracks on 'Blow Your Pants Off' are just live recordings from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, they still hold up so well. Interesting note; this is actually Fallon's second record as he released one back in 2002. But since I haven't heard that album I'm not sure how this one holds up in comparison. Most songs have Fallon impersonating musicians like Neil Young, Jim Morrison, David Bowie, Bob Dylan and then proceeding to sing ridiculous songs while still sounding extremely authentic. Fallon is an incredible impersonator and that's where he shines the most as a comedian.
From Neil Young (aka Fallon) singing the 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' theme song to 'Balls in Your Mouth featuring the real Eddie Vedder, 'Blow Your Pants Off is jampacked with amazing cameos. It's not often you'll have Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake and Bruce Springsteen duets on the same record but Fallon has managed to reel in major players onto his first album since becoming a Late Night TV host. I also have to award Fallon with the best song title of 2012 so far on the track 'My Upstairs Neighbors are Having Sex (and listening to The Black Eyed Peas)'.
I grew up a Conan fan but after he vanished onto a Network that nobody can seem to find, I ended up watching Fallon and realized that everything happens for a reason. Jimmy Fallon is currently the best Late Night TV show host and this release is a major statement that adds a staggering slice of credibility to that bold statement. The music is funny, current, clever and above all else catchy and memorable.
My only gripe would be that because of the news references some of the tunes' lyrical content can feel dated, especially with the Tim Tebow reference. But that's such a minor complaint that it doesn't matter. Get 'Blow Your Pants Off' right now or feel free to watch Jay Leno and coma yourself to death.
1. "Neil Young Sings 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'"
2. "History of Rap" (feat. Justin Timberlake)
4. "Scrambled Eggs" (feat. Paul McCartney)
5. "The Doors Sing 'Reading Rainbow'"
6. "Balls in Your Mouth" (feat. Eddie Vedder)
7. "Bob Dylan Sings 'Charles in Charge'" David Merrill Kurtz
8. "Walk of Shame" (feat. Dave Matthews)
9. "Slow Jam the News" (feat. Brian Williams) James Poyser
10. "Cougar Huntin'" (feat. Big & Rich)
11. "Friday" (feat. Stephen Colbert)
12. "Neil Young Sings 'Whip My Hair'"