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3 stars Ah, PRIMUS. Have to admit, I would never have expected to see them here. I see PRIMUS as a cross between funk and southern blues/rock. Their off-beat humour and ability to transcend genres seems to have earned them a 'prog-related' listing here. Delightful fun, arguably a waste of LES CLAYPOOL's prodigious talent (the man could be anything he wanted), and worth a listen.

The music is founded on deep bass funk: LES CLAYPOOL is perhaps the leading bass exponent in popular music today. More, he's not afraid to experiment. The result is music that is fast, fun, dirty and uneven. Lyrics are caustic and either cryptic or political, and are sung in a voice that is definitely an acquired taste, an exaggerated southern drawl that is more than occasionally flat. In my view this just adds to the charm, but some listeners will simply cringe.

'Frizzle Fry' is a good starting place to judge whether this band has anything of interest for you. It's their debut, though all members had been professional musicians for some time. The music is muddy by design, and certainly sounds nothing like traditional prog! The relatively short, funky numbers would suit those who enjoy bands like TALKING HEADS and PETER GABRIEL. Highlights of this album include 'John the Fisherman' and 'Harold of the Rocks', but the record is uneven and I doubt many people will find every song to their liking.

russellk | 3/5 |


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