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Disco Volante (180 Gram Vinyl)
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Disco Volante is, stylistically and thematically and everything-else-ally, Mr Bungle's most difficult period. It takes more time to fully swallow and the hooks are not as immediate or obvious. For that reason it's probably not as wise a place to start as the aforementioned albums. For the same reason it is, in my opinion, the most rewarding thing this band has done.
Not to say there aren't moments of pure pop jubilation (check out the last half of "Carry Stress in the Jaw"), but overall this is a living, breathing creature far too complex to be experienced as simply a series of tunes or experiments. At times the album leaps into operatic binges of sonic juxstaposition, clashing sounds together to create jarring, psychadelic effect. At other times the music creeps along in subtle melody, pulling imagery out of the headphones without needing to resort to saturating lyrical exposition. In fact, the lyrical content here is mostly of the absurd, dreamscape variety.Read more ›
Mr. Bungle's second album, Disco Volante, is just as hard to describe as the first, perhaps more so. While the first was a sort of circus-funk-metal-crusher-miscellaneous album, this one can't be broken down as easily. Some songs employ thrashy metal, others smooth jazz, and others techno. So what is it? It's just Mr. Bungle.
"Desert Search for Techno Allah" is phat techno with a Middle Eastern flavor. "The Bends" is an epic, atmospheric journey with an ending that sounds like a 747 is landing on top of you. "Carry Stress in the Jaw" mixes tasty circus jazz with hectic metal and what I'd call a "performance under pressure" by vocalist Mike Patton. For the second half of this track, "The Secret Song" makes an appearance, featuring an old man (sounding like Grampa Simpson, performed by Trevor Dunn) who excitedly sings about discovering the secret song! "Violenza Domenstica" sounds like a schizophrenic horror movie soundtrack. "Backstrokin'" continues "The Bends"' aquatic sonics with a 50s-style rock/R&B factor. "Everyone I Went to High School With Is Dead" is a sludgy mess of distorted guitars that works strangely like a hypnotizing mantra. "Merry Go Bye Bye" is like rockabilly-Muzak (or easy pop, maybe). It explodes into a thrash/death fest with some crazy keyboard effects. "Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz" is an exhilarating cartoon-like piece with a language of its own. And there's more!
Mr. Bungle is better.
They use all kinds of genres mashed into songs for this album, as I have stated earlier. Doom metal transitions into smooth jazz; thick analog keyboards layer over progressive drum beats and middle eastern guitar scales; crooning fades into metal growling; funk bass meets carnival style, odd-timed clarinets; hard-core punk with static samples transforms into extreme ambience; classical horns and strings are accompanied with the sounds of glass breaking and chains being pulled through metal holes; and all of the while, these seperate parts start and stop in a malicous, schizophrenic time signature that neither give you enough time to jam out to it, nor do they leave you dissatisfied. It is all done perfectly. It is more like a complicated symphony than an album, really. Every song has it's place, and there are few similarities among them. The only thing that remains at a constant is the pure excitement of the pieces, the stunning complexity, and the amazing vocal range of Mr. Patton himself.
This is my favorite album of all time. Mr. Bungle changed my ideals of music, and it was mostly due to Disco Volante.Read more ›
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My favorite weird album to listen to. Seemed like this record was EQ'd a little strange. Last I listened I had to boost the lows and highs, whereas most other records I don't, but... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dan S.
I am not sure if I could listen to Mr. Bungle's noise album all the way through on its own, but it makes for an awesome counterpoint in a shuffle configuration.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is my favorite Mr. Bungle album. I think this is the most shred material they ever put out, and the shreds are the most shred I have ever heard. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SmellyMob
There are only three Mr. Bungle albums worth getting: Mr. Bungle, Disco Volante, California. The rest of their albums were produced before their sound quality was even decent, and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by BakBuyr
Unlike most of the people who found Mr. Bungle after-the-fact, I first heard Mr. Bungle through their demo tapes (OU818 etc.) back in the 89/90 time period. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sannah Zay
This is an album of strangeness with a jazz underscore, the strangeness includes many strange sound effects ranging from Warner bothers cartoons specifically from the Tex Avery... Read morePublished 12 months ago by jonathan r reid
Beware the vinyl release. No idea how they felt a record this long should fit on a single disk release. The sound quality is positively atrocious. 180 grams of failure. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Robert Berger
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