Volume 96, Issue 11
Tuesday September 17, 2002

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CD REVIEW: Jimmy Fallon
Fallon: he's so dreamy!

Jimmy Fallon
The Bathroom Wall
Dreamworks Records/Universal

The Rundown: The comedy album was a popular concept in the '60s and '70s, when stars like Bill Cosby and Steve Martin sold millions of records. Now Saturday Night Live's Jimmy Fallon debuts his own mix of original songs and live stand-up material in The Bathroom Wall. Fallon goes back to the old days of comedy albums, relying on a stand-up act filled with funny, but somewhat generic humour, about college life.

Key Tracks: The five songs on the album span different genres of music: funk, hip-hop, country, metal and punk. The funk song, "(I Can't Play) Basketball," has a genuinely cool beat which would sound right at home in the '70s. The stand-up highlight is the "auditions" for celebrities to endorse troll dolls. Fallon's impersonations work better on audio than on SNL, however, since listeners can't be distracted by the fact that Fallon doesn't look like any of the people he impersonates.

Sounds Like: The comparison to Adam Sandler has to be made; both got their breaks on SNL, both make up funny songs, both have a range of voices (though Fallon does impressions, and Sandler does characters). The difference is that Fallon's material stays relatively clean, and judging from all of the high-pitched screams from the audience, he is also more popular with teenage girls. However, the best stuff on The Bathroom Wall isn't as funny as some of Sandler's classic bits – Fallon still has a long way to go.

–Mark Polishuk

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