Frankie Yankovic

Songs of the Polka King, Vol. 1

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Songs of the Polka King, Vol. 1 Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Songs of the Polka King, Vol. 1 is one of Frankie Yankovic's slickest releases, boasting a large array of guest artists, including Weird Al Yankovic, comedian Drew Carey and Riders in the Sky. It's not by-the-book polka, nor is it wholly entertaining, yet there are enough sparks -- oddly enough, they usually come from the solo tracks, not the hyped duets -- to make it worthwhile for Yankovic fans. Still, this isn't the polka album for neophytes and trainspotters, since much of it is comprised of mediocre run-throughs of familiar material.

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