Snooki - Sgt. Pickle’s Drunken Dance Club Band
Release Date: November 23, 2011
Record Label: MTV Records
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is taking over the world. The television personality has transcended her reality TV fame from MTV’s Jersey Shore to become a genuine pop culture icon. Her recent book, A Shore Thing, is a certified New York Times best seller. She is even competing in a wrestling match at WWE’s WrestleMania XXVII on Sunday.
Now, she has shown herself to be an accomplished musician with Sgt. Pickle’s Drunken Dance Club Band, in which Snooki successfully interweaves everything from hip-hop to hardcore. The genre-defying debut is a three-disc, biographical concept album detailing the fascinating life of the songstress.
The record kicks off with “Damn it Feels Good to Be a Gremlin.” The gangster rap opener sets the pace for the album while simultaneously confirming everyone’s suspicious: that Snooki is, in fact, a gremlin. “Orange You Glad I’m Orange?” is the breakout hit of the disc. The Blink 182-esque pop punk single boasts an infectious chorus with the lyrics “Orange you glad I’m orange? / Nothing rhymes with orange.”
Snooki’s vocal abilities really shine on the album’s title track. She provides both high-pitched shrieks and low, guttural growls for the symphonic black metal opus. “Jersey Whore” is noteworthy because Snooki reveals that its title is what she originally thought was the name of Jersey Shore, thus explaining her actions on the program.
Snooki enlists her Jersey Shore cohort Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio for “Can You Believe We’re Still Relevant?” Pauly D displays his impressive DJ skills with an obnoxious, monotonous beat that is sure to have sweaty people awkwardly grinding against one another in the club. The exciting guest spots do not end there. “Snooki Monster” is a duet with Sesame Street favorite Cookie Monster, whose gruff vocals perfectly compliment Snooki’s angelic crooning. The heartfelt, orchestral ballad celebrates their common love for cookies.
The star-studded “Disturbing the Peace” is a reggaeton jam featuring fellow alcoholic-socialites-turned-failed-pop-singers Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. “GTL: Gravy, Tabaco, Liquor” is a straight-up rock jam about the three food groups that Snooki acknowledges. It features a face-melting guitar solo from Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger.
Other standout tracks include “I Got Punched in the Face and All I Got Was $30,000 For the Episode,” “Tickle Your Pickle for a Pickle,” and “A Guido’s Life For Me.”
It’s safe to say that Sgt. Pickle’s Drunken Dance Club Band is not only the album of the year, but perhaps the best piece of music ever recorded. Snooki has cemented her place has the songbird of our generation with an album that will go down as one of the greatest accomplishments in history.