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4 stars A true classic, but certainly not for every prog fan. This is arguably Primus' most influential work (close with Seas of Cheese), and it is heavily laden with elements of RUSH, KING CRIMSON, and the RESIDENTS. The album is dominated by intricate and highly technical musicianship, particularly Les's bass and Tim Alexander's intense drumming style. The songs are fun and lovably absurd, yet even songs with seemingly silly titles and lyrics can deal with heavy topics (for instance "Too Many Puppies" is a scathing anti-war song, presumably aimed at the Gulf War). Each track is strong in its own uniqe way, from simple, bass-and-drum heavy songs like "Too Many Puppies", "John the Fisherman", and "Spagetti Western", to much more intricate and almost psychadelic songs such as "Groundhog Day" and the title track. The album also has a couple of weirdo interludes such as "You Can't Kill Michael Malloy" and "Sathington Willoghby", which are certainly weird enough to compliment the rest of the album, but not long enough to be annoying. The funky track "Harold of the Rocks" is certainly a treat to behold. Bottom line, listen to Frizzle Fry if you like 80's and latter-day King Crimson, pretty much any Rush, if you enjoy the absurdity of the Residents and Mr. Bungle, or even if you enjoy amazing bass guitar work, intense drums, and interesting guitar techniques.
GoldenSpiral | 4/5 |


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