Ninja Sex Party are an American based musical comedy duo, inspired by the likes of The Lonely Island and Flight of the Conchords. The duo is comprised of Leigh Daniel Avidan (more commonly known as Dan Avidan) whose stage persona is a hypersexual and often fantastical Jewish man called Danny Sexbang and he is joined by Brian Wecht, theoretical physicist whose stage persona is a silent and homicidal ninja called Ninja Brian. The pair have released four original albums, which I’ve reviewed here, here, here and here. In addition to that they’ve also released three cover albums, and you can check out what I thought of them here, here and here. Today however I will be reviewing their latest album which was released on October 16th 2020, entitled ‘The Prophecy’.
‘Intro (The)’ opens with medieval percussion and melodies, before Danny talks us through the history of NSP and their previous albums, as well as setting up the premise of this one. I always like these intros, they are uncommon for music, but they sort of fit with the band. It also ends with a nice little guitar riff that whammy’s us into the next track.
‘The Mystic Crystal’ opens with some superb guitars, and Dan hitting a high note, that really makes me proud of how much he’s grown as a vocalist. I love the high energy of this track, and having seen TWRP live alongside NSP back in October 2019 in Edinburgh, I now have first hand experience of how truly phenomenal they are as a band. I usually don’t like songs which are ‘too long’, about five minutes for me is the max limit, exceptions being A Little Piece of Heaven by Avenged Sevenfold and Through the Fire and the Flames by DragonForce, and of course now this. I think the reason for this, other than the fact that it’s a truly awesome piece of music, is that for it’s length it’s broken into segments which prevent you from getting bored. Each part of this 11 minute long track is a genuine treat, not only does it have the whimsy and goofiness that makes NSP unique but it’s powerful and engaging, and by now NSP and TWRP function as one perfectly cohesive unit.
‘It’s Bedtime’ is soft and gentle off the bat, as befitting the title, but then it literally explodes, and the guitar early on especially is just amazing, you can practically feel your legs melting with awe. I’ve always thought Danny’s voice would be good to send someone off to Sleepy Time Junction but perhaps this one disproves that somewhat. Joking aside, I loved this track, it’s funny and just mad, but also doesn’t sound too much like any of their earlier work.
‘The Wishing Bear’ shows both sides to Dan’s personality, the soft and gentle huggable sweet angel and the kind of guy that just gets straight up mauled by a bear. And as usually we have Ninja Brian who just loves carnage. It’s a funny little interlude between the musical parts, and is another trend I’ve enjoyed in previous albums, the storytelling between the music, that makes up their style just as much as anything else.
‘I Don’t Know What We’re Talking About (And I Haven’t For A While)’ shows off just how amazing Danny’s voice is, it’s just so pure and smooth, and it’s backed up perfectly by the band, who layer things up perfectly, and support his vocals without overpowering them. I think from this track, this is an early standout, but so far there have been no weak links. I will add, reading the lyrics on their own make this track so surreal, but it really fits in with the whole NSP feel, also I like the almost Queen like breakdown towards the end, it was really great.
‘Welcome to My Parents’ House’ has a fun, funky energy, that kinda reminds me of casino levels on the old Sonic games so yeah, instant nostalgia and good will. But while I don’t think it really suits Danny’s voice I do think it shows a greater depth and range to his vocals. It’s also, a funny and surprisingly catchy track, that shows that even in the world of NSP Danny’s character is clearly defined as a bit hapless but nonetheless hopeful.
‘Wondering Tonight’ is softer and slower after the last track, the more acoustic guitars, and the perfect notes of Danny’s voice just melt into one another. This is another highlight in an album that so far has had no bad tracks. I truly feel, and I am biased because I’m already a fan, but Dan’s voice is so suited to ballads, and I’m just amazed he can make the phrase ‘whose balls are you gargling tonight’ sound so sweet and wholesome.
‘Ninja Brian’s Kids’ Album’ is another funny and goofy in between, that’s brief but gives a nice flavour of the dynamic between Danny Sexbang and Ninja Brian.
‘The Decision Part 2: Ten Years Later’ is a follow up to their second ever song ‘The Decision’ and also served to celebrate their 10 year anniversary. It opens with the familiar synthy beat from so long ago, that’s been living rent free in my head since I first heard it. I liked that they managed to honour and incorporate the original melody while managing to flesh it out and enhance it. This is truly an awesome sequel to the original as well as a banging track on its own. I also like that much like the intro they managed to include the rich NSP history into this track, and it really has been a great journey so far.
‘Do Math with U’ has big chimes and synthy energy, and Dan’s voice sounds a bit deeper than I was expecting for this track but it works really well nonetheless. I like that Danny Sexbang even makes math sexy, but what do you expect from the worlds premiere Jewish Ninja and sex expert.
‘Thunder & Lightning’ kicks things up a notch, a harder, faster track after the slower notes of ‘Do Math with U’. I liked it and as we come to the end of the album it’s just one more track that’s just packed full of energy and promise. I liked the harder vocals and how they were mirrored by the instrumentals, and how when Danny’s voice got higher, the instrumentals followed him. Overall this was just a
‘Outro (Prophecy)’ and this track as T. S. Elliot would have written, ended not with a bang but with a saxophone toot. It rounds off the whole thing in a very familiar fashion, just that little bit silly, but it just works.
So that’s what I thought of Ninja Sex Party and their latest album ‘The Prophecy’, if you want to check that out for yourself head on over to Spotify. Make sure and support them by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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