Primus
Frizzle Fry


3.5
great

Review

by Cracker Jack USER (5 Reviews)
October 16th, 2009 | 17 replies | 3,798 views


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: if you don't like this you're like the idiot on the cover who managed to get his stupid face on to a frying pan.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Primus is a rare breed; instead of being humorous in a self-parodying way like many bands that attempt humor through ridiculous lyrics, rather they attempt humor by making their music as weird as possible and hoping that the weirdness works out and fits together in a mind-numbingly hilarous way. Needless to say, they’ve had their successes and failures, and the failures hit home harder than a ball hit by Barry Bonds, but what works, does so in marvelous ways, both for the humor scouts and the musician. Frizzle Fry, lyrically, is mostly self-shaming in its attempt to be funny, but it manages to work with the quirky yet proficient instrumental work.

As an album, Frizzle Fry manages to succeed mostly in the instrumental playing abilities of the cast. Everything from Les Claypool’s murky, funky, heavy slaps that almost pushes the guitar out of the way and essentially plays the role of lead, Tim Alexander’s ability to go absolutely mad on the double bass kit and forget it even exists and provide a simple,consistent backing, or even the Larry Ladonde’s guitar playing; which switches from lowly hiding behind Les’s intricate bass playing, to shredding and occasional melodic metal riffing that manages to catch the ear of the listener. And unlike a lot of awkward teeny metal records today, Frizzle Fry’s players actually like to work together, and the album sounds cohesive, at least from the outside.

What flaws Primus here, however, is the fact some of the songs sound more like jams than actual songs. The other flaw, which also has to do with songs, is the fact when Primus actually tries to write SONGS instead of jams, they usually fall flat on their faces. “To Defy the Laws of Tradition” manages to mix both structure and precise and excellent jam-ability with Les’s vocals and oddly conscious yet hilarious lyrics. Other than that and the double bass madness of “Spaghetti Western”, a lot of the songs are a mixed bag, ranging from slightly above average to meh and varying wildly between songs. For example, “Too Many Puppies”, although more simple instrumentally than anything else on the album, works because of it’s hilarious concept that puppies could be anything other than puppies, while “Groundhog’s Day” manages to put the listener to sleep before they even get a chance to hear the incredibly impressive bridge.

Frizzle Fry, despite songwriting and jammy inconsistencies, manages to sound much more cohesive and overall a better record than anything else Primus has released or would release in the future. Truthfully, it’s kind of disappointing, but they have a few more good albums under their belt. Before you check those out; however, any good listener should check this out first.


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Ragez
October 16th 2009



150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool album, Les is a bass god.

Lunarfall
October 16th 2009



3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent review, I gotta agree with you on the songs sounding more like jams.

On a side note, this might be the best mixed/produced album I own, the sound quality is superb and all the instruments are punchy and clear.

Ragez
October 16th 2009



150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dude yeah the production job is pretty good, there isn't really a place i coulda mentioned that in the review tho.

WatchItExplode
October 16th 2009



3207 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

possibly the best primus album


Ragez
October 16th 2009



150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good job noticing cuz it is

WatchItExplode
October 16th 2009



3207 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i have keen powers of observation

Phantom
October 16th 2009



8930 Comments


dood

this is a good review, only heard john the fisherman from this, need to rectify that

Ragez
October 16th 2009



150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hello all you boys and girls.

HenchmanOfSanta
October 16th 2009



1852 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

For example, “Too Many Puppies”, although more simple instrumentally than anything else on the album, works because of it’s hilarious concept that puppies could be anything other than puppies,


Too Many Puppies is a deceptively serious song about soldiers. Also, Groundhog's Day rules all the way through, and you forgot to mention that the title track is one of the greatest songs ever written. Of course, I'm biased.

Ragez
October 16th 2009



150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol sounds like it. I mean i like them, but they're a relatively joking band, and i don't really look for deep meaning in their songs.

WatchItExplode
October 16th 2009



3207 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Too Many Puppies is a deceptively serious song about soldiers.

^^for real brah...you serious?

PanasonicYouth
October 16th 2009



7411 Comments


ehhhhhhhhhhh
this is really meh


Ragez
October 16th 2009



150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

YOU LIE

PanasonicYouth
October 16th 2009



7411 Comments


truth
i mean yeah les claypool is a godly bassist, but the whole act just feels like a huge gimmick to me.

Ragez
October 17th 2009



150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

mehhh

PanasonicYouth
October 17th 2009



7411 Comments


sorry b

HenchmanOfSanta
October 17th 2009



1852 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^^for real brah...you serious?

100% cereal.



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