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4 stars WARNING: If you're looking for traditional or safe prog, don't buy this and then complain about how it doesn't sound like Genesis.

If you are a bassist or someone who loves bass/rhythm work, there's no question. Get this album. Even if you don't like the style, you'll appreciate the musicianship. Les Claypool heavily re-defined the idea of a bassist on this album, and that alone makes it worth 4 or more stars.

1. To Defy the Laws of Tradition- From the Rush tribute opening fading out to a catchy, funky, and repetitive Claypool bass line, and then to a screeching guitar and funky drums... this is one hell of a song. This has to be one of my favorite Primus songs and really shows what they're all about. Claypool's vocals are good for what they're worth as well, though he's definitely an acquired taste. To defy the law of tradition is the CRUSADE ONLY OF THE BRAAAAAVE!! Awesome stuff. 10/10

2. Groundhog's Day- Another good track here with typical epic, funky Claypool bass line and drums really moving the song along. The feel to this one is extremely neat, and the bursting segment at the end of the song is genius. 9/10

3. Too Many Puppies- Great cymbal intro, really good song. TOO MANY PUUUUUUUPPIES! If you're not annoyed by Claypool's occasional vocals by now, then it's probably a good sign. I personally love them, but I know some people who don't really care for them. Primus wouldn't be the same without it. This one has more of a straightforward, metal feel to it. 8/10

4. Mr. Knowitall- From the vocal intro, this song then shows more awesome Primus rock. I absolutely love the line where Claypool is like They call me Mr. Knowitall, I am so eloquent; perfection is my middle name... and whatever rhymes with eloquent! and it further showcases the humorous aspect to Primus. Fantastic playing as usual. 9/10

5. Frizzle Fry- What else can be said? Perfect bass lines, rhythm genius, and a great song structure. Also some hilarious vocals by Claypool once again. This one is a bit of a slower one though, but that definitely doesn't make it any less awesome. May be my favorite on here. 10/10

6. John the Fisherman- This is the song that got me interested in Primus. It's really more geared for radio play, but that doesn't make it any less of a good song. WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE ONE OF THE HARVESTERS OF THE SEA! Great bass work and I really like the erratic guitar. 9/10

7. You Can't Kill Michael Milloy- Hard to rate. Interesting interlude. 7/10

8. The Toys Go Winding Down- Great song and the bass line is quite interesting. For some reason though, this song doesn't quite enthrall me like the previous ones. Nonetheless, it's really hard to find fault with this. 7/10

9. Pudding Time- What time is it? 'sPuddingtime! So says Claypool anyway. Another awesome song. I really like the drum and guitar work especially on this one after the intro; that part is epic. 6/10

10. Sathington Willoby- Similar to Michael Milloy. Great interlude, but very hard to rate because it's less than 30 seconds. 7/10

11. Spegetti Western- GREAT drumming here. I really like the way that this song builds. This track has a very manic feel to it with the guitar, which fits the Primus sound quite well. Headbanging track! 10/10

12. Harold of the Rocks- Cool, funky feel to this one. The musicianship is again excellent. Apparently it's about a guy named Harold. The different effects that Claypool pulls with his bass here are interesting. 9/10

13. To Defy- Awesome way to end the album with a reprise of the first song except demented. 8/10

Seriously, if you have an open mind and particularly are a bassist, I have trouble NOT recommending this to you. It is not fully essential for every prog collection (because not every progger would like it and it's not straight up prog), but it definitely is an excellent addition to any prog music collection.

Great album!

MovingPictures07 | 4/5 |


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