Like a Top 40 Henny Youngman, "Weird Al" Yankovic's appeal seems to be as much about his semiheroic refusal to hang it the fuck up, already, as it is about his records - which, love 'em or hate 'em, never lack for targets. His latest batch of fish in a barrel sends up the paparazzi ("You just picked up some transvestite/Seconds later, it's up on the website," he chirps on "TMZ," a remake of Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me"), online commerce (the Doors-biting "Craigslist") and Lady Gaga ("Perform This Way"). The jokes don't always relieve the earworm annoyingness of the Xeroxed tunes. Still, you can only hate so much on an accordion medley titled "Polka Face."
Listen to "Perform This Way":