Jimmy Fallon’s highly-anticipated album, Blow Your Pants Off, available June 12, will surely satisfy the Late Night host’s biggest fans, but offers few surprises to “blow” your mind. It’s a collection of moving, hilarious, and energetic tunes, pulled from some of the best live performances and iconic guest stars from his super-popular NBC show.
While his first album, 2002’s The Bathroom Wall, was a mix of original songs and stand-up, this second collection is all music, pulled from the live show. Blow features 17 original and parody songs by Fallon and guests, two of those available exclusively on the iTunes/digital version of the album. Among the tracks, folk rock icons Neil Young and Bob Dylan offer moving renditions of TV show theme songs that will have Gen Y alums swooning. Eddie Vedder, Dave Matthews and more team up with Fallon for cheeky original tunes. Stephen Colbert masters a killer cover of Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” Paul McCartney helps Fallon with a cute parody of the Beatles’ “Yesterday,” and respected news guy Brian Williams gets the “Slow Jam the News” spotlight with a look at Obama’s stance on Super PACs.
For fans looking to re-live or catch up on the show’s best musical moments, the album is well-worth a listen. But anyone hoping to discover much new brilliance from their favorite late-night host will be disappointed.
Earlier this month, Fallon revealed the revealing album cover of the upcoming release, across which he lies casually with his pants apparently “blown off” to reveal a carefully-censored bare posterior. You can pre-order the album and accompanying merch packages, as well as listen to the sample track “Walk of Shame” at blowyourpantsoff.com.