These mock-rockers spent spring on tour, revisiting Spinal Tap’s pair of real-world albums and other material. The nostalgia continues on Back From the Dead with reworked versions of tunes from the Rob Reiner flick that started it all; six so-so new tracks reveal why the throwback vibe was probably a good idea. More amusing is the commentary on a bonus DVD, where David St.
In 2009, when Back from the Dead was released, it was impossible for any listener to not be in on Spinal Tap's joke, so it's fitting that this is their first release to play as pure comedy, an album that doesn't even attempt to pass itself off as a rock record. The concept is this: a reunited Tap -- hence the name Back from the Dead -- celebrates the 25th Anniversary of This Is Spinal Tap by launching an unplugged (and "unwigged," meaning Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer do not don the hairdos of Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins, and Derek Smalls) tour, releasing the movie on BluRay and revisiting their old songs in the studio, adding five new songs, and recording "Jazz Oddyssey" for the first time, splitting it into thirds and scattering it throughout the album.
If Spinal Tap were technically washed up 25 years ago when Rob Reiner turned the camera on their ill-fated American tour, what does that make the band in 2009? Judging by the title and theme of this new offering, the band was literally in a graveyard of irrelevancy. [rssbreak] This ludicrously conceived celebration of the film's anniversary tries reviving interest by taking a perfectly good, mindless rocker like Sex Farm and "rethinking" it with a funky twist. The result is disastrous, as is the reggae take on (Listen To The) Flower People and the unveiling of Jazz Odyssey II, last heard when the band opened for a puppet show in the film.