Poodle Hat contains the parodies and humor you’d expect from a “Weird Al” Yankovic album. On this outing, Al parodies Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” (“Couch Potato”), Nelly’s “Hot In Herre” (“Trash Day”), Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated” (“A Complicated Song”), Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” (“Ode To A Superhero”), and Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way” (“Ebay”).
The strongest parody on the album is “Ebay”; hearing the ridiculous things being bid on and won by the character in the song keeps you laughing. The weakest parody is “A Complicated Song”; overall, I find it more disgusting than humorous.
“Weird Al” Yankovic also delivers some “style parodies” — songs that don’t parody a particular song, but instead parody a particular musical sound. Poodle Hat has style parodies of Bo Diddley (“Party At The Leper Colony”), Prince (“Wanna B Ur Lovr”), and Bob Dyan (“Bob”). While the style parodies on the album aren’t necessarily bad, they don’t exactly stand out to me, either.
Al also serves up the “Angry White Boy Polka,” a polka medley including songs by Papa Roach, System of a Down, The Vines, The Hives, The White Stripes, The Strokes, Disturbed, Rage Against the Machine, Limp Bizkit, Staind, Kid Rock, P.O.D., and Eminem. For me, this wasn’t one of his better medleys; but, then again, this may be due to the fact that I’m not as familiar with most of the songs included.
“Weird Al” also delivers some original songs on the album, and the best one is “Hardware Store.” The vocal delivery on it is incredible; he tries to cram as many words as he can into a short amount of time, and succeeds without getting completely tongue-tied.
This is an enhanced disc with home movies, a photo gallery, bonus mixes, and song lyrics. The home movies are hilarious, and the remixes are basically instrumentals or slightly alternate versions of songs on the album.
Overall, Poodle Hat isn’t a bad album from “Weird Al” Yankovic. However, it’s not as strong as Dare to be Stupid or Bad Hair Day.
(written by Lesley Aeschliman on August 7, 2003)