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CALIFORNIA

Mr. Bungle

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.98 | 147 ratings

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Starhammer
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5 stars Saving the best till last...

The third and final outing from perhaps the most unusual band to ever be signed to a major record label.

The Good: Four years after Disco Volante the vocal maverick and his experimental collective return with their finest work to date. Whilst the craziness is still there, the song writing is more refined, structured, and ultimately, enjoyable. Despite California's avant tenancies, the overall effect is strangely accessible. This juxtaposition continues further as the quirky, yet aptly named songs seem somewhat at odds with the world's most generic album title.

The menagerie of styles on show would probably just sound like a forced attempt at eclecticism in the hands of a lesser band, but Mr Bungle manage to integrate each musical approach so seemlessly that it's feels like they're conjuring up a unique yet familiar soundscape with every twist and turn. Picking a standout track is a near impossible task as this album is just overflowing with character, but the face-melting breakdown of Goodbye Sober Day edges it for me.

The Bad: Too short, if anything.

The Verdict: Brilliantly weird and weirdly brilliant.

Starhammer | 5/5 |

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