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This review is from: Green Naugahyde (Audio CD)
I'm a long time Primus fan and own all their releases. I give this album a lot of time to settle in before giving an honest review.
This is neither the best or worst album in the Primus catalogue. The fact that we have a new Primus album at all this fair into their career is wonderful. There IS a magic here that you won't find in Les Claypool's solo albums, and it has a lot to do with the way he interacts with Larry LaLonde.
Jay Lane is Primus' original drummer and 3rd main drummer to appear on their original material. He's as funky as Brian, but in a flashier and different way. Not much like Herb at all, but that's not a bad thing. His approach brings a sense of freshness and distinguishes this album from the rest of the Primus discography.
Song-wise, there are less standouts tracks than you may find on their classic albums. There's no track on the class of Mud or Jerry here, but there are some wonderful songs and some unbelievable jammy parts. It's also probably one of the easiest Primus albums to listen to without skipping any tracks (the other being Brown). Highlights include Last Salmon Man, Tragedys a Comin, Lee Van Cleef (personal favorite), and Extinction Burst.
The production leaves a lot to be desired, compared to their last EP "Animals..." The drums could be a lot meatier, and the whole mix sounds a bit muddled and weak. This is slightly better on the vinyl LP version due to the dynamic space provided, but lacks compared to the production values of Tales or Brown.
Overall this is well worth owning if you're a Primus fan, but never expect a revolutionary masterpiece from a band this far into their career. Catch them live if you want to enjoy the material even more, as it comes across much more powerful (HOINFODAMAN especially). Plus, they're one of the top tier live acts out there.