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Pork Soda

Primus

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Album Review

Once audiences got a chance to hear Primus' instantly recognizable sound, driven by Les Claypool's bizarrely virtuosic bass riffs, their audience grew by leaps and bounds. It was enough to make their second major-label album, Pork Soda, one of the strangest records ever to debut in the Top Ten. Stylistically, it isn't much different from Sailing the Seas of Cheese, though the band does stretch out and jam more often. This can result in some overly repetitive sections, since Claypool's riffs are the basis for most of the compositions, but it also showcases the band's ever-increasing level of musicianship. Their ensemble interplay continues to grow in complexity and musicality, and that's really what fans want from a Primus record anyway. The material isn't quite as consistent as Seas of Cheese, though there are numerous high points; among them are "My Name Is Mud," on which Claypool plays his instrument like percussion, and "Mr. Krinkle," where he switches to a bowed upright bass. There are hints of lyrical darkness stripped of the band's usual goofiness (especially in the suicide lament "Bob"), but for the most part, the humor is again split between eccentric character sketches, cheery paranoia, and annoying novelties (with a slightly higher percentage of the latter than before). Still, despite occasional flaws, what makes Pork Soda a success is that the band keeps finding novel variations on their signature sound, even if they never step out of it.

Customer Reviews

My Name is Mud

This Codles is absolutely correct. My name is mud is the catchiest bass and drums part ever. Its like listening to tool. Get this album because every single song is like that feeling when you go to the kitchen and are dissapointed that you don't have the cereal you feel like eating and then you see you actually do and are really excited to eat it. Thats how amazing this album is.

this made my drums cry

not only did this album shatter my emotions in amazingness, it shattered the heads of my drums in aw. Mr Krinkle is an amazing song played with an upright bass, which adds an even more deeper crazier sound. Along with thhis are the famous my name is mud and wlecome to this world, also there are plenty of other great songs to get your bass fingers a weepin and your ears a hippon hoppon good time. check out the air is getting slippery, Les adds a Mandolin to the mix of songs, not only is he amazing at bass, but also amazing at mandolin and banjo. Best Primus album. easily

My Ears Are Broken and Dancing While Being Deaf

Very creative, nothing like it, great bass, thats all i can come up with while listening. If the music was put into pictures my retinas would be burnt into some twisted thing until i went blind. Peace.

Biography

Formed: 1986 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Primus is all about Les Claypool; there isn't a moment on any of their records where his bass isn't the main focal point of the music, with his vocals acting as a bizarre side-show. Which isn't to deny guitarist Larry LaLonde or drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander any credit; no drummer could weave in and around Claypool's convoluted patterns as effortlessly as Alexander, and few guitarists would willingly push the spotlight away, like LaLonde does, just to can produce a never-ending spiral of avant-noise....
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