"As If!" CD
Genres: comedy rock
Apr 14 - 20 2003
Hedrick plays goody comedy rock that, while not bad, is nowhere
near spectacular. On As If!, the lyrics seem immature and
seemingly children-oriented, and the instrumentation is unspectacular
except for the occasional accordion, harmonica, or horn.
"James K. Polk," the album's most inspired moment, is a
silly homage to the obscure president made particularly good by the
inclusion of sax, trumpet, and trombone in the arrangement - it's also
surprisingly catchy and fun, with a great sing-a-long chorus. If
only all the tracks were that good. "The Panic Song,"
on the other hand, is irritatingly cheesy, and "Little
Saturn" just basks in its own excruciating lameness.
While some of the songs (especially "James K. Polk") are
really inspired, and Hedrick's spirit is an amiable one in its
positive, happy mood, lots of As If! could use work.
There are many lame bits here, and the music isn't particularly
varied, meaning the formula gets old rather quickly.
Overall, some funnier jokes and a bit more variety would be
appreciated but, hey, at least this isn't Weird Al Yankovic.
Fun Fact: James K. Polk was president
between 1845 and 1849. He was a leading factor in the annexation
14 songs, released 2002]