Last time out, the Lonely Island made a classic joke-rap album while somehow persuading Michael Bolton to belt, "This whole town's a pussy just waiting to get fucked!" Their third LP isn't as sublimely silly, or as consistent, but it rocks the same mix of guest stars (T-Pain, Robyn), sophisticated concepts ("Semicolon") and totally unsophisticated sex jokes ("I F****D My Aunt"). The secret weapon is musical skill: TLI are versatile MCs, and A-list producers turn jokes into pro-grade pop and hip-hop. The best cut is one of only two that began as SNL digital shorts: "YOLO," which flips that carpe diem slogan into an argument for living like Howard Hughes at his urine-hoarding worst.
From The Archives Issue 1185: June 20, 2013