Tim Heidecker has been many things in his life, but "serious" has not often been one of them. So when one dives into In Glendale, the first album attributed exclusively to the comedian of "Tim and Eric" fame, you can be forgiven for searching for "the joke." Even with Heidecker's previous foray into music--the '70s rock-styled Heidecker & Wood--the fun was laughing at the inane lyricism of the era that was being parodied. Heidecker's absurdist comedic nature puts those who know his material constantly on the prowl for the joke.

But with In Glendale, there is no real overarching joke. Make no mistake, the record is incredible funny. But there is no over-the-top parody, satire or bizarreness like many have come to expect of Heidecker. Instead, In Glendale muses upon the familiar and just how silly day-to-day life can be overtop the '70s-type instrumentation that the comedian/musician has clearly shown an affinity for in the past.

Heidecker is the father of a three-year-old and has saddled comfortably into the domestic life of being a husband and dad. It is from here that much of In Glendale's lyrical content is derived. On 'Cleaning Up The Dog Shit', he sings, "I got a baby now / Don't ask how / It just happens after awhile," before launching into a pitch-perfect Bachman-Turner Overdrive style chorus in which he exclaims, "Now I'm cleaning up the dog shit / Cleaning up the baby shit / All my weekend." Meanwhile, 'Central Air' covers the process of Heidecker and his wife buying their modest home in Los Angeles and why it was a good fit for them. The light chuckles are frequent and for those who have folded into suburban domestic life, Heidecker's concerns are sure to carry a little more humor and weight.

Much like his earlier work with Heidecker & Wood, In Glendale does have a real knack for nailing the "dad rock" sound. Heidecker jokingly described the album as "post-normcore" ahead of its release. But there is no denying that if the work of BTO, Orleans, Randy Newman, Warren Zevon and likeminded artists appeal to you, the instrumentation of In Glendale will be quite enjoyable. Good melodies and neat piano flourishes can be found in spades.

It is interesting to see the real Tim Heidecker come out through his music, especially since he had previously used the medium to sing about things such as slurping up hot piss. So while In Glendale is not groundbreaking, revolutionary or gut busting levels of funny, it still provides a humorous, pleasant and suitably mundane peek into the life of a man who has long established himself as a champion of surreal strangeness.