Mr. Bungle
Mr. Bungle


5.0
classic

Review

by karkus USER (5 Reviews)
April 13th, 2005 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist


In 1991, Faith No More was in full effect. What relavence that has to this is that they shared the same front man, vocal genius Mike Patton. FNM was on MTV (the fish!) and on the radio.

As all that FNM commotion was taking place, this little gem was obscurely released. This self-titled album was their first LP, basically an amalgamation of all their music from their EP's in the 80's. Not wanting the same bogging success to be placed on his first band (they all knew each other in HS and thats when Mr Bungle was formed.), everyone went under a clever type psuedonym.

A smart move indeed, I barely discovered Mr. Bungle two years ago, this being my first record.

This is not a concept album as their last released album just so happens to be. A wide variety of genres are played on this album, from almost death metal to elevator music, you name it... they can play it (well except rap)
Trey Spruance is a clever guitarist who transcended genres with his playing. It's such a shame that they're no longer together.

A teensy problem may be some of the ends of the songs, which are samples and one of them (EGG...) is the band members supposedly hopping a train. A bunch of weird stuff, so if you are into experimental, Mr Bungle is the way to go.

Pros: - Chances are, you're probably expecting another Faith No More. Not the case here. Patton delivers with full brevity and insanity.
- Abundant time signature changes
- Frank Zappa-esqe
-ORIGINAL!
- Love is a FIST!

Cons: -As it's original, a lot of conventional music fans with be turned off by the weirdness
-Some other people may find the lyrical content a little ostentatious and too profane (not a problem for me)

Go and freaking buy this amazing genre-breaking album first, and THEN their other records, as they transcend normality on the other two and this one is closer to home. Get it now or else...


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Clumpy
April 13th 2005


76 Comments


I hope I inspired this review. This album and "Angel Dust" are truly a testament of the beauty of not selling out. Mr. Bungle managed to evolve their sound incredibly from record to record while retaining that quality that made them so enjoyable.

Once I heard that amzing riff from "Quote Unquote", I knew that I was in for something.

Lemon8
April 14th 2005


39 Comments


The review is rather short... BUT you said you'd write more later... so hopefully that will happen soon.

To say this disc is profane would be an understatement. If you have ANY issue with swearing, this album is not for you.

At an earlier time when offensive language didn't bother me as much, I listened to this CD alot. Musically, it's brilliant. The whole 'clown' motif is creepy and the music only reinforced that... with some songs sounding rather circus like...

Overall I honestly believe that California their best work... and not just because it's more accessible (in fact, even that album is hardly accessible to the average listener).

If you think bands like Korn, Slipknot, etc. are cool you would do best to research the history of Mr. Bungle... imitation is the sincerest form of flattery... but Korn and Slipknot still suck.

karkus
April 27th 2005


32 Comments


Oh don't get the wrong impression from the review... both of those bands are teenage brainwashing trash. Not cool at all. The only bands around today that are cool are: Nevermore, Avenged Sevenfold, Dream Theater, Megadeth (cant say same for Metallica..)... just to name a few. I don't buy into numetal trash and slipknot desecrated Mr. Bungle.

karkus
April 27th 2005


32 Comments


Oh, and you did inspire me clumpy :D

Adriene3986
August 6th 2005


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i have loved this alblum ever since it first came out and i was way too young to love it!!( many moons ago)

left
August 7th 2005


13 Comments


just dont take the lyrics seriously

otherwise, a good album, with Trevor Dunn's amazing bass line in Dead Goon. I think i`m gonna write a review on the ST album soon ... Or probably i`m gonna write a review for all the Bungle records.



Geezer1287
August 23rd 2005


18 Comments


Bungle rulz.

masada
October 13th 2005


2733 Comments


I have heard most of this now, and I'd have to say that it's pretty weak from what I expected it to be.

incubus62086
October 13th 2005


147 Comments


this album is rather sweet. Mr. Bungle is greatThis Message Edited On 10.13.05

Ficus
October 14th 2005


28 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

[QUOTE=CLUMPY]Once I heard that amzing riff from "Quote Unquote", I knew that I was in for something.[/QUOTE]
Likewise, it's an amazing feeling.

Dried Muffin Remnants
November 7th 2005


297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It was enjoyable but not superb like California.

4/5

Zebra
Moderator
November 7th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This album is amazing. There are no bad tracks.

Aeaon
May 11th 2006


188 Comments


I fell in love with mr. bungle the instant i heard it. Then I had sex with it.

TheMisterBungle
September 1st 2006


861 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i looove this cd
the only thing i dont like is all the pointless samples
but every bungle cd gets a 5 from me



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