PRIMUS — The Brown Album (review)

PRIMUS — The Brown Album album cover Album · 1997 · Funk Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
Primus have always been known for their unorthodox approach to alt-rock, and this album is no exception. "The Brown Album" (a reference to The Beatles White Album and Metallica's Black Album) See's Primus drift further away from the Funk rock-thrash metal hybrid of Frizzle Fry to Country/Folk rock, genres which Primus explored a little on previous albums.

The opener "The Return Of Sathington Willoughby" is one of the most memorable Primus song's to date, Les Claypool's fictional little demented characters always crack me up for some reason. This track is followed by "Fisticuffs", which shows the new country/folk Primus, it includes a dark creepy atmosphere similar to the songs on Pork Soda. "Golden Boy" tries to harken back to the Thrash funk of early Primus and it does a pretty good job of it. "Over the Falls" is a nice relaxing chill-out track from Country Primus. "Shake Hands with Beef" is pretty dull, and it baffles me why they decided to release it as a single. Next up is "Camelback Cinema", a song which get's a lot of undeserved hate from Primus fans, and while yes it is a tad little repetitive, it keeps you interested with it's somewhat interesting subject matter.

Camelback Cinema is followed by 2 okay filler tracks. "Bob's Party Time Lounge" features some awesome bass from Les. Next up are 2 more crappy filler tracks which add little to the album. "Coddingtown" is one of Primus more punkier tracks, and has some good guitar work from Ler. After 2 more fillers the final track "Arnie" begins. Arnie is a nice little mellow psychedelic piece and a good end to a decent album from Primus. This album is not great but it isn't awful or anything. If you are a fan of funk rock/metal like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Faith No More then avoid this album. If you are a fan of mellow folk inspired alt-rock then get this album as it's a pretty enjoyable hour long romp.
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