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SAILING THE SEAS OF CHEESE

Primus

 

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East of Lyra
5 stars Primus is a very hard band to classify. Incorporating elements from a mixture of genres ranging from funk to thrash metal, the three-piece band write some very eclectic, quirky and catchy songs. For anyone looking to explore their works, this album is the place to start.

Their second studio album builds on the work of "Frizzle Fry", and like their debut, this is a great collection of fun, and often humourous songs which pre-dates the darker material of the follow up album "Pork Soda". Claypool has a knack for penning oddball lyrics, but they don't detract from the songs at all. Similarly many people have problems with his vocals, but personally I think that they really suit the music.

The line up is on top form here. Claypool often incorporates slapping techniques into his bass playing, making for some very funky sounds. "Tommy the Cat" is a great example of this, and a brilliant bass performance. There are many fantastic basslines to be found on this album. Tim Alexander's drumming is the perfect compliment to Claypool's bass playing, and guitarist Larry LaLonde doesn't attempt to steal the limelight, instead offering layers of angular and dissonant sounds which make for an interesting listen.

There are many stand-out songs, but particularly the aforementioned "Tommy the Cat", "Jerry was a Racecar Driver", "Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers" and "Fish On" are all excellent.

Five stars. A must for any Primus fan or aspiring bass player.

East of Lyra | 5/5 |

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