Primus
Pork Soda


4.5
superb

Review

by pudding time USER (3 Reviews)
September 17th, 2005 | 110 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist


I am so sick of people's comments about this album...everything from "poor sound quality" to boring and pointless, and so on...

It's time this albums is treated fairly, becuase it rules. 3rd best Primus album behind Sailing and Frizzle, but hell...those two albums are in a league of their own, so 3rd measns nothing really...just that it's an awesome album.

Pork Chop's Little Ditty:

A short intro to "My Name is Mud," but it's a damn good short intro. Foot Stomping (?) and Banjo but in a catchy way.

(No Rating)

My Name is Mud:

Oh yeah. An infamous Primus bassline with great lyrical work about an eccentric guy named "Mud" and his problems with some other guy. Ler contributes 2 wildly strange solos, that really add to it. The bassline itself is played along with the drums (Herb), and is pretty repetitive, but the song does not bore you at all. A Primus classic.

(10/10)

Welcome to this World:

What do we have here? A pretty heavy song, with semi-funky bass and twangy guitar, with an amusing singing voice, and lyrics that make absolutely no sense. There is also a wicked interlude sort of thing with Ler's dissonant guitarwork and strong bass that fits in incredibly and adds a certain uneasy but awesome feeling to the song.

(9/10)

Bob:

About a guy named Bob who commited suicide in his apartment. The intro is amazing, which has great six string work from Les and quirky lead lines from Ler (who also puts in a very cool wah-wah solo). This song does get a little repetitive toward the end, but with patience you will come to love it.

(8/10)

DMV:

Another centerpice with arguably one of Les' most incredible and virtuostic bass lines ever. Ler does a great job staying back for the most part, letting Les carry the song. Lyricly it's about being irritated by the DMV, and how waiting in line for such a long time is such a pain in the ass. Also the solo at the end is boss. Most people will probably think it's crap, but this is Primus we're dealing with, not Metallica or something. The weirder, the better...right?

(10/10)

The Ol' Diamondback Sturgeon:

Ehh...it's a very good song lyricly, but it's pretty repetitive, doesn't pick up much, and Ler's guitarwork seems very lazy, but i still like it regardless.

(6.5/10)

Nature Boy:

One of my personal favorites of any Primus track. Amazing songwriting. This song is a trip with wicked guitar solos, fantastic bass and drum interplay, and takes maybe a few listens to absorb, but will having you listening attentively every single time afterwards.

(10/10)

Wounded Knee:

An intruiging percussion solo, that you will not expect coming off Nature Boy. An interesting song....

(7/10)

Pork Soda:

Hmmm....Les speaks very quickly about very random things, and the entire song is the work of complete freaks. I'm willing to bet most people will skip it, but give it a lsiten. It's enjoyable.

(6.5/10)

The Pressman:

This is an interesting song considering that the bass is very low key, and is not meant to impress, but rather to set the mood. Also, the song is very mellow and down-tempo. Having said that, it's odd that this song is scarse on guitarwork. However, the change of pace is welcome and this song covers up for the two oddities that preceeded it. Take a listen...

(8/10)

Mr. Krinkle:

Very dissonant lead lines against Les' upright bass about who knows what...awesomely quirky song, but kind of repetitive.

(9/10)

The Air is Getting Slippery:

A humurous song in a happy kind of upbeat tone, with Ler on banjo. Nothing flashy, and somewhat of an oddity, but it's alright.

(7/10)

Hamburger Train:

An 8 minute insturmental jam session, with Ler at his most atonal. Definitely not accessable, and probably not the best place to strat if you're new to Primus, but in time you should come to love it. Les' bass is very forceful and driving, and the drums are incorpirated nicely. A strong finsih for Pork Soda.

(9/10)

Pork Chop's Little Ditty:

Same as track 1, but longer...

(No Rating)

Hail Santa:

A ringing bell and Les playing bass and some guy saying something at random times. I'm not sure what the point of this song is...kinda kills the ending.

(No Rating)

Anyway...i think we have a 4.5/5 here. Open up and give this album a chance. Yes I know it's darker and more alienating than any of the other Primus releases, but it's still a Primus album and that means a lot.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Zebra
Moderator
September 17th 2005


2647 Comments


^^^agreed.

NEDM
September 18th 2005


1113 Comments


eww, primus is gross.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^
AGREED MOS DEF

Taxman
September 18th 2005


82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

too bad some people cant expand their musical tastes..you guys suck for not at least respecting their music...they are one of the most talented trios EVER...you guys just cant appreciate this...

great album..not the best primus album

good review

Lemon8
September 18th 2005


39 Comments


It takes a while to get used to Primus, unless you already have very broad musical tastes.

Truth is, they do not suck. They are very talented musicians. However, their vision and their music may not be able to reach some people.

This is my favorite Primus album.

That's all.

miscellaneousbass456
September 18th 2005


9 Comments


Actually I think the song "The ol' Diamondback Sturgeon" is one of the best tracks.Pretty cool bass solo at the end.


Apathy
September 18th 2005


645 Comments


Arrgh, Primus is terrible x10. Just no.

Ace_of_Bass2112
September 18th 2005


257 Comments


you people just dont have what i like to call "bass ears" that can pick up on the low complex slap (wich is the hardest thing ever) rythmes

Shadows
Moderator
September 18th 2005


2530 Comments


They obviously have talent, but I can't stand the music they put out.

Thor
September 18th 2005


10194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^^^
I can understand that, it's certainly an acquired taste.

NEDM
September 18th 2005


1113 Comments


i never said the bass was bad. I just dont like the band at ALL.

Ace_of_Bass2112
September 18th 2005


257 Comments


its an acuired taste really

if you want more normal music try les claypools side progect the fearles flying frog birgade

NEDM
September 18th 2005


1113 Comments


that sounds like fun.

acqured taste like sushi?This Message Edited On 09.18.05

Ace_of_Bass2112
September 18th 2005


257 Comments


or rice water

NEDM
September 18th 2005


1113 Comments


whats that???

or like Lime Tostitos.

Ace_of_Bass2112
September 18th 2005


257 Comments


rice water is this one type of mexican drink that feels like water but has a Chocolate after taste

ReturnToRock
September 19th 2005


3448 Comments


i like pork soda the song, great bass line lolllllll...but i'm not that much into primus. my mum, is though.

incubus62086
September 19th 2005


147 Comments


haha yea Primus is definantly an aquired taste, like sushi. I really enjoy Mr. Krinkle off this album, and the video for it is so random that it is glorious.

I_like_goats
September 19th 2005


18 Comments


yeh took mee ages to get into them, but when i did it was sooo worth it.

Toaster
September 19th 2005


343 Comments


you people just dont have what i like to call "bass ears" that can pick up on the low complex slap (wich is the hardest thing ever) rythmes


I hardly think that good bass playing alone can salvage a band that is bankrupt musically. Primus have almost no melody, and almost every bass part seems intentionally hard to play. Would you listen to someone hit a snare really fast for three and a half minutes, even if they were the fastest-handed person alive?

Aquired taste, eh. I'm sure you could get to like dirt, too, if you ate it regularly. This Message Edited On 09.19.05

NEDM
September 19th 2005


1113 Comments


PwNed :smoke:



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