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SAILING THE SEAS OF CHEESE

Primus

 

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3.96 | 121 ratings

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Cygnus X-2
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4 stars As their sophomore studio effort, Primus pulled out all the stops. Les Claypool demands attention with his commanding bass playing and wit as a lyricist.Larry LeLonde plays magnificent searing leads and meaty chords (Claypool as well). Tim Alexander holds the band together with precision and overly intricate drumming. The creative forces combined once again in 1991 and created their breakthrough album, Sailing the Seas of Cheese.

Tracks on the album that are worth mentioning are the opener Here Comes the Bastards, which features an overly simplistic yet catchy riff (in 5/4 if I'm not mistaken). Although the lyrics are not the strong point of the band, they have a sense of quirkiness and wit in them. Sgt. Baker brings up memories of Full Metal Jacket lyrically, Claypool demanding whether you're a "Steer or a qu**r". A steady marching beat and some of the best Claypool vocals are featured in this track. American Life is Claypool's attempt at storytelling in his writing, and it comes off well. With a sprawling bassline, and some great slide work from LeLonde, the song carries on at a pace of its own. Jerry Was a Racecar driver is a track where Claypool dabbles with tapping on a six-string fretless bass. The bassline here is over the top and overly intricat at that. With a great solo by LeLonde, and some powerful bass chugging by Claypool, it really sounds like a car is reving up. Tommy the Cat feautres what is arguably the most difficult Claypool bass performance, with a steady and catchy slap to it. Alexander keeps the entire thing together during the verses, and LeLonde takes control during the instrumental breaks.

OVerall, this is an enjoyable album that is as creative as it is adventurous. There is only one problem in my opinion, the filler tracks that are in between the meatier ones. Regardless, an enjoyable experience. 4.5/5

Cygnus X-2 | 4/5 |

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