Album: Flight of the Conchords, Flight of the Conchords (Sub Pop)

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Comedy and music mix as well as oil and water, but Flight of the Conchords – the Grammy-winning New Zealand duo of Radio 4/HBO fame – are one of the rare and precious exceptions.

Bret McKenzie and Jermaine Clement's secret is that they usually aren't trying to be funny at all, at least not in a bust-a-gut sense. It's the punchline-free poignancy of the strangely zen Pet Shop Boys pastiche "Inner City Pressure" that suits them best... although the pure laugh-power of Prince mickey-take "The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room" and the Shabba/Shaggy-styled "Boom" cannot be disputed.

Pick of the Album: Bret and Jermaine do Neil and Chris: 'Inner City Pressure'

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