OFF THE DEEP END had been a remarkable comeback for Weird Al Yankovic, as it proved that he could get his absurd humor to connect easily to a different audience; this new audience was being weaned particularly on grunge. But its follow-up, ALAPALOOZA, showed all too well that Yankovic was desperately trying to hang on with his new audience, giving his songs heavier-sounding productions and more absurd lyrics. It didn't work, not just because Yankovic didn't have a lot of time to complete the album, but because he was suffering from writer's block, and he sounded pretty tired.
After all, it is usually not a good sign when an album's opening track sounds tired and unimaginative, as "Jurassic Park" (why the parody of "MacArthur Park" at this time?) is in this case. All of the originals lack hooks and a focused production, with "She Never Told Me She Was a Mime" and "Frank's 2000 Inch TV" especially standing out as colorless tunes. The only songs- parodies, not by coincidence- that save ALAPALOOZA from being a disaster are "Bedrock Anthem" and "Achy Breaky Song," and even those are pretty disposable. To the Weird Al-trained ear, however, this may still be another enjoyable Weird Al album, especially since the record admittedly sounds appealing while it's playing. But ALAPALOOZA is still easily one of the weakest albums Yankovic ever recorded.