I've always dug Dane Cook, and for that, even I have attracted some "Haters," that which Cook himself tackles on a track of the same name pulled from his last album, ISOLATED INCIDENT.
If you've never enjoyed Cook's work, I DID MY BEST will do nothing to win you over. What we have here is a collection of tracks pieced together from his prior works, along with some untitled bonus bits tacked onto Disc 2. Presented together, the collection plays as a reminder to those that were already fans of why they dug Dane to begin with. It's an overview of a career that's great for someone that perhaps enjoyed his TV specials but never bought an album - or a piece for completists looking to add some new tracks to their collection.
Many of the "haters" have attacked Cook for not really telling "jokes," but for acting as more of a storyteller instead. In that they're right, as Dane Cook is much more of a raconteur than a "comedian" by definition. He tells stories and anecdotes that are funny (if you like 'em) without relying on a "punchline," and that's ok. The bottom line is that you're either entertained or you're not, and if Cook really did his best, then that's fine by me.
Tell me that "Not So Kool-Aid" isn't just as funny now as it was the first time around. I don't like "drinks in tights" either.
4 out of 5 Stars