Brilliant Album, Worst Pressing Ever
Godfather Hugg-E | Denver, CO United States | 10/02/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, let me say Mr. Bungle's first two albums are two of the finest hours of music ever recorded. Which is why the Plain Recordings 180-gram vinyl pressings are such an abomination.
Pressed at the lowest volume level of any LPs I have ever heard, and on apparently the lowest quality vinyl available, these albums come out of the shrink-wrap full of dirt, surface noise, and violent skips.
In a time when lameness seems to be the standard, it is still nearly impossible for me to imagine the thought process that went behind these pressings. The people at Plain Recordings should give a full refund to everyone unfortunate enough to have bought them, without asking for the completely useless items to be sent back."
Absolutely Bizarre Absurdist Musical Masterpiece
Joel Israel | Cedar City, UT United States | 02/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"More performance art or satirical commentary than the kind of album you would listen to around other people at a party (unless you happen to be throwing a very, very weird party), this release from perpetual fly in the ointment Mike Patton and his extremely talented cast and crew of musical misanthropes is a must-have completely unique example of artistic vision and good-old-fashioned smart-assery.
The lengthy song "Carry Stress In The Jaw" is as good an example as any of the tracks on this huge, outrageously weird album to illustrate the abberrant strangeness and anticommercialist streak evident here. Meandering it's way through nearly any and every style of music (showtunes, jazz, film scores, thrash metal, polka, children's nursery songs, spoken word beat poetry, carnival/horror show theme music, funk, pop, psychadelia and god knows what else to call it) and clocking in at over ten minutes in length, Patton serves as surrealist ringmaster to the circus-like proceedings, introducing auditory acrobats, clowns, lion-tamers, and a sideshow freak or two before firing himself out of a cannon. Truly odd, and completely original and compelling in some undefinable way. It's almost worth buying just to have around to play when you want to freak someone out....crazy."