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Mr. Bungle



4.01 | 217 ratings

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4 stars Bungle's most eclectic album.

For those unfamiliar with MR. BUNGLE's they are an extremely eccentric outfit with a great sense of humour who weave just about every genre under the sun into the rich tapestry they call songs. Headed by musical chameleon Mike Patton the group deliver some of their most polished material in Disco Volante yet at times they go overboard and take things a bit too far.

The first part of the album is exceptional, starting off with the disjointed 'can't be bothered' feel of 'Everyone I went to highschool with is dead' moving into slick jazzy territory with 'chemical marraige' with some of the best melodies on the album and some slick vocal work from Patton. 'Carry Stress in the Jaw' starts off with some frenetic jazzy drumming and a very fast paced yet quiet feel before erupting into a thrash metal beast complete with the spastic saxophone that was so prominent on their debut album. 'Carry Stress in the Jaw' also contains the 'secret song' a great little surf-rock/60's halloween number with a little inside joke pertaining to guitarist Trey Spruance. 'Desert Search for Techno Allah' is one of the clear highlights of the album, fusing MR BUNGLE's eclectic trademark sound with middle eastern influences and techno - you really need to hear it to understand.

Things calm down a bit after the 4th track and the highlights are a bit more sparse and 'The Bends' is a terrible waste of time that shouldn't even be on the album. 'Merry Go Bye-Bye' ends the album strongly though with some intense metallic music and a nice little poppy outro (Bungle style of course) to ease us out of it, (we wont really count the last 6 minutes of that track which is basically general studio tomfoolery).

Disco Volante is a hectic album full of crazy music, it doesn't contain as many solid songs as the previous effort and one or two are a bit of a waste (notably 'the bends') but it's still a fantastic album, highly recommended to fans of avant-garde music.

FruMp | 4/5 |


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