Instead they were serving up obnoxious slabs of rubbery metal, pogoing like meth-ripped hillbillies, channelling the spirit of Bootsy Collins and Frank Zappa and generally sounding like the bastard children of Captain Beefheart and Rush. The thunderous, eight-minute Hamburger Train was as liberated and free-flowing as any Grateful Dead freak-out. Strange tales indeed. Sonically grubby and deliciously shambolic, songs like Shake Hands With Beef and the spiky Fisticuffs showed that the band had shrugged off the last of their funk-metal shackles and plunged into a world of shadowy oddness.
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Apart from that, pretty good review. Album Rating: 4. Digging: Dr. John - In the Right Place. Album Rating: 5. I do tend to have a habit of calling something underrated, when in fact it's actually pretty well known. I'll hold back on falling into hyperbole in the future. Never liked their first two but this one clicked with me since I dig the darker tone. Biggest obstacle with this band for me has been Les Claypools vocals but ive been getting used to them.
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Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Winter in San Rafael, California. Alternative metal  funk metal. Interscope , Prawn Song , Restless. Miscellaneous Debris The only faults to this album are mediocre lyrics, which are meant to be playful and quirky in the same light as Adrian Belew , but come off as silly and overdone.
The vocals are also a tad on the weak side. Claypool is able to put his message across, but is not a particularly strong vocalist. It's veryt fun and adventerous music. This is not a Progressive Rock album, but for it was certainly one that stood out from the pack.
Essentially based in the Funk metal explosion led by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and, to a slightly lesser extent, Jane's Addiction, Primus were, at the time of this album, going for broke on the experimental and wackiness scale, but siting the root of the music firmly in the established paths without breaking any new ground, being technically challenged and compositionally almost void of ideas, especially on where to take the music.
Formally, there's nothing here that hadn't already been exploited by the Happy Mondays. Where they had ideas was in how to make the music sound more wacky - it's all about the timbre and rhythm. Timbre-wise, in places, you might be forgiven for thinking you're listening to a funked-up '80s period King Crimson without the technical ability.
Well, little is right. It starts about 10 seconds into the second track, and when it does, it's a badly played mandolin and derivative - a vague attempt to produce something folky sounding without a clear understanding of the type of music they were trying to represent. I guess the point is to set a light hearted and thin sound from which to drop into the funky bass riff of "My Name is Mud". Here is one point at which I'm vaguely reminded of something from "Discipline", musically speaking - although there is absolutely no evolution of the music - once you've heard the first 30 seconds or so, you've heard the entire song.
The ending goes on a bit. This one is a bit more complex than in "My Name is Mud", and quite cool really - but the frequent starts and stops are annoying, especially since the music again refuses to develop into anything or reveal anything in it's layers.
A tall order really, since there are no depths - it's all surface. Nice, shiny and funky surface - very enjoyable with nice little details - but surface nonetheless and ultimately unsatisfying.
It's a bit like the Chili's slowed down and gone a bit wrong. Interesting, but even the wierd and slightly stodgy changes don't prevent this from having a standard rock song structure. There's still too much repetition - not enough melodic and harmonic development - to be progressive. It's just a bunch of guys having fun, and playing within the safety of existing musical forms and coming up with something that sounds a bit different - but not prog. This album pans out in the same formulaic lines.
Minimalism for dummies really, and quite poorly executed. I find it "cool" for the first few bars, but the repetition quickly makes the initial impact fade, and it quickly becomes tired and boring until relief around , with a welcome change back to the psychedelic jam style that rapidly runs out of ideas and flounders around before predictably returning to the opening ideas, albeit slightly jammed.
The title track is clearly an attempt to be very wierd, but once you've got past the sliding bass lines and precision drums, with plinky guitar, it's all repetition and no development. No progression. No hidden depths.-Pork Soda is the third studio album by the American rock band Primus, released April 20, Pork Soda was certified Gold in September and certified.