I don't know if Rize of the Fenix is "better" than Tenacious D's debut album, but I don't know that it isn't, either. It has the same sense of humor and sound of rock. The only thing I'm disappointed with is the length; it is 10 minutes shorter than the debut album, which itself was on the short side at 51 minutes. It's definitely more mature musically, but I'm not sure if any of the songs are classics. "The Ballad of Hollywood Jack and the Rage Kage" along with "39" are the standouts; I'm also quite fond of Senorita and Roadie. There are only two skits here and I didn't much care for one of them ("Classical Teacher"); what their debut album lacked in musicality was made up for with the abundance of skits. Of course I may be a bit biased as I've listed to their debut album at least 100 times; I'll need more time before I have a better feel for it. Still, it's definitely worth picking up if you're a fan of The D.