Review Summary: The fifth studio album by primus and the first one with new drummer Bryan Mantia. Primus goes into a little more of a darker and jazzy sound to the cd. It shows a different style that you haven’t seen from primus and the direction of the band changing
Primus is made up of a trio of people for this album they went with
Les Claypool on Bass, Vocals
Larry LaLonde on Guitar
Bryan Mantia on Drums
This the first album to have Bryan Mantia on drums and primus continuing to keep their style changing with album going to a bit of a darker more heavy sounding place. The Cd is made composed of songs in the same manor most primus cds are. All solid work with a couple of offbeat fillers that primus have become accustom to using
Songs like Shake hands with beef, Duchess and the Proverbial Mind Spread, and Kalamazoo seem to be some of the standout work on this CD. They combine the strong bass work with a combo of great guitar and drum work. In Shake hands you can hear the way the bass and drums seem to mesh into just an amazing rhythm driven song. The Duchess shows how all three members can just make a standout track where you’re not even hearing a person but the band as a whole. Kalamazoo shows off some off the skill Ler has in keeping the song going with his guitar course.
The Primus show off there different styles in a couple of songs like The Return of Sathington Willoughby which features the man giving a speech about his opion's. Hat's off is a short little didee about les' younger days in a nutshell. It’s just sort of a bouncy song that starts and ends before you know it. Bob's Party Time Lounge is a song that just shoots off slows down, speeds up, slows down, and speeds up, ect. It can really get you moving.
Then there are the songs which just don’t seem to come off right or sound that great. Camelback Cinema seems to be the first and worst of all the songs it’s a loud and banging song that just doesn’t sound good in general. Restin' Bones is a song that seems to drag a little bit and never really sounds that good in the processes
Overall it’s a great album that shows the new and different style that primus is moving to. While showcasing it very well
Shake Hands with Beef
Duchess and the Proverbial Mind Spread
First Review :)