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5 stars To begin with this is an amazing album. Before the album even gets into the first song there is a brief YYZ into (as found on Suck On This). Because I love this album very much I will put my own review for each song.

To Defy the Laws of Tradition- After the YYZ intro comes one of my favorite bass riffs. This adds so much depth to the beginning of the album and is in some aspects, very progressive. There are two major parts of the song. The verses have an amazing blend of complicated bass/drum lines as well as a simple but interesting guitar riff over the song. The chorus and the end switch styles by having the bass keep the beat while a near atonal style of playing guitar adds depth. One of the best songs on the album.

GroundHog's Day- This was an old Primus song before Tim Alexander and Larry LaLonde (Actually before they were called Primus too). Again a very good bass introduction with a very groovy beat. Then 2 1/2 minutes into the song comes the faster half. By the 4th minute there is a little jazzy riff and then a loud ending.

Too Many Puppies- This song is in no way a progressive piece. Great anti-war metal song and this is the easiest song Primus will ever play.

Mr. Knowitall- Interesting lyrics but musically it isn't one of my favorites on the album.

Frizzle Fry- This is progressive music in my opinion. (As far as Primus will ever get) Again Les will never steer you wrong with a bass riff. This bizarre blend is one of the standout tracks and the lyrics enter you to the weird and unusual world of Claypool. If you listen to nothing else listen to this track. ("If you don't believe in me play this tune over again")

John the Fisherman- Another metal song in the vein of Too Many Puppies. Amazing drums that really convince you of Herb's ability to play.

You Can't Kill Michael Malloy- This isn't even Primus. Just a little ditty that they put to make the album even more strange.

As the Toys Go Winding Down- Another song similar to Frizzle Fry. Again lyrically it is very off the wall. Not one of the better songs on the album.

Pudding Time- Amazing bass, funny lyrics, worth listening to.

Sathington Willoughby- The first of two Willoughby-bashing (See the first track of the Brown album)

Spegetti Western- Good drum beats and the only full jamming song of the album. "It has that good reverb sound". A decent song overall.

Harold of the Rocks- The best story song of the album. After 2 minutes or so the song disintegrates and after an extended solo the final verse comes in. A very funny end to the song.

To Defy- Just a short outtake to To Defy the Laws of Tradition but with more reverb.

Hello Skinny/ Constantinople- It isn't mentioned above on the album tracks but on my CD they add a cover of the Residents' "Hello Skinny". A decent song but nothing amazing (But I give them credit anyway for liking the Residents).

Overall if you are open-minded and enjoy the heavier side of prog then this is definitely an album worth picking up. Don't expect all of it to be progressive but expect it to be musically outstanding and you will get just that.

| 5/5 |


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