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4 stars Gave this album another spin today, and wow, I forgot how good these guys were! First, let's get a few facts straight:

1. Les Claypool= Bass God! *second only to Geddy* 2. Ler Lalonde is from the deathmetal band, Posessed, so he has a few quirky....quirks in his playing style 3. Primus is just silly

Okay, that aside, onto the album:

1: Seas of Cheese: Basically an intro track, its Les playing *i believe* a cello or something similar, and singing silly lyrics about well...sailing the seas of cheese. *not gonna rate*/10

2: Here come the Bastards: Funny, stupid, and very repetitive, but hard hitting bassline. Sadly, nothing really develops. 7/10

3:Sgt. Baker: Kinda sounds like weird lounge music at the beginning, with accordian playing VERY faintly in the background, then the song's crazy bassline takes off. Actually decent lyrics from the point of view of a drill sergeant. "RRRRRRight! Left!" will be stuck in your head for days. 10/10

4. American Life: Takes a departure from the strangeness for a calmer song, with Claypool kind of half singing. Catchy bassline and sounds great when the guitar kicks in, and speeds up at the end. 9/10

5. Jerry Was a Racecar Driver: Ah, yes, THE definitive Primus track. Funky jungle beats and one of the most difficult basslines I've ever heard, and an insane guitar solo to boot. 10/10

6. Eleven: This song is in, well, 11/4. Somehow they manage to make it work, with a catchy riff. However, this song suffers yet again from redundancy, with the riff not changing throughout the whole song. Plus the vocals kind of get annoying. 7/10

7. Is it Luck?: CRAZY schizophrenic bassline and fast paced drums. However, possibly a little too crazy, with Claypool screaming like a madman the whole time. Definitely not my favorite, but I must give credit to the bassline. 7/10

8. Grandad's Little Ditty:......basically Les singing w/ his voice's pitch bent down about an octave with shower noise about filler but short and funny *no rating*/10

9. Tommy the Cat: Another funky number, also well known amongst fans. More straightforward as far as guitar playing, and LaLonde belts out some pretty good solos. Strange, spoken vocals, but funny nonetheless. To understand one must actually hear it. 10/10

10. Sathington Waltz: What.....the.....hell?!!? Its just Les tuning up and down his low string on a bass while random banjo notes are plucked and a clarinet fades in and out, all the while Tim "Herb" Alexander is playing drums randomly. Always a good laugh *not rated*/10

11. Thoes Damned Blue Collar Tweekers: Awesome hard rocking track, I think about crystal meth users *what I've heard at least* Good song all the way through 9/10

12. Fish On (Fishermans Chronicles Pt. II) Their most "proggy" piece on the album per se, clocking in at about seven minutes. It also actually progresses, from an eerie slow bassline at the beginning, that goes into an almost military chant type thing *i dont know but i've been told type thing* then, finally, a crazy instrumental section with everyone playing really fast. 10/10

13. Los Bastardos: A reprise of sorts, in the liners you'll notice it's not actually performed by Primus, but by some of their friends. Basically "Here Come the Bastards" but shorter and random people yelling instead of vocals. Pretty funny. 8/10

Sooo. My qualms with this album? Sometimes the songs get a little repetitive, and Claypool's vocals can be annoying to many. However, I find it worth it to overlook these shortcomings for a great album!

12. Fish On (Fishermans Chronicles Pt II)

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