- Audio CD (June 3, 2016)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: ATO Records
- ASIN: B01DAEOVCU
- Average Customer Review: 155 customer reviews
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Two worlds have collided, and what glorious and odd worlds they are. After Primus and The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger completed a successful summer tour, Les Claypool and Sean Lennon decided to combine their abstract talents into a project called The Claypool Lennon Delirium. Their efforts thus far have spawned the upcoming full-length release Monolith of Phobos, an album which takes listeners on a stimulating psychedelic journey through the cosmos.
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The first time I listened to this album I was in my car on a crappy Chevrolet stock stereo from 2003. I was blown away by the music, the textures, the songwriting, and the feel of the album. So I came home and popped it in my stereo and cranked it. This is simply one of the best albums to come out in this millennium. Bar none.
Les Claypool is doing his signature thing, which is quirky and unpredictable while having a great groove. I'm not sure whether or not Sean Lennon wants to be compared to his father, but it is easy to tell that he is his father's son. His voice and melodies allude to John Lennon on Abbey Road and his earlier solo albums. His guitar playing is more layered and textured like the Edge or Adrian Belew, with a few riffs here and there.
I really don't know how to describe the songs themselves without trying to name some acts to give a hint a the flavors I hear. But it is so unique that I feel like I'm doing them a disservice by doing so. There is Primus in the DNA, but there is also some King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Beatles, Doors, Frank Zappa, and Some sense of freestyle jamming a la Grateful Dead or Allman Brothers. I don't know, it's the best I can do.
I was a little disappointed after hearing the first few tracks. It was pretty good but sounded more like a jam session and I had wondered why they put so much effort into the LP if it was just a regular jam session.
AND THEN I turned over to side B and was absolutely blown away. It was amazing! Very original/unique sounding, exciting, cool bass lines, well coordinated.
Side C was also great! Although B was my favorite.
The last tracks were pretty good too but more like side A.
Overall this was the best new album I have heard in a long time. Well done! Totally worth getting on Vinyl if you have a good set up for it. I compared it afterwards to CD quality and it was way better on the turntable.
It has the feel of music from the sixties and seventies, with the lyrics a more narrative, lesson based style I haven't seen in a long time. However, it all focuses on today and what's going on with the world right now, so I found it very engaging and easy to relax to.
Both Claypool and Lennon sing in different tracks, their voices beautiful and haunting and in perfect sync the times they sing together. As for the music, it's superb, with them using many different instruments and blending them together almost like classical music. And of course, Claypool's base does make quite a few appearances and is as always, a real treat.
So all in all, I'd say it's perfect, 5/5 and if you haven't checked it out, you should give it a listen. Vinyl sounds amazing, but the digital is also really good as well.