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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
An intruiging percussion solo, that you will not expect coming off Nature Boy. An interesting song....
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.
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...
Very dissonant lead lines against Les' upright bass about who knows what...awesomely quirky song, but kind of repetitive.
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.
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.
Pork Chop's Little Ditty:
Same as track 1, but longer...
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.
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.