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Primus - Green Naugahyde

Travis Fry   (128 reviews)

Posted: 09/13/2011 | Comments: 16 | Rate:

Ever since the opening track of "Sailing the Seas of Cheese" I was hooked. The music is so original and his voice distinguishable that I could not help but become a fan. With each release blowing me away I thought this band could do no wrong. Than they released "Anti-pop" in 1999 and a disappointed fan I became. I just didn't care anymore after that until now.

Twelve years later they have put a new album. This is their first release of new music since the 2003 EP "Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People." The newest line-up has Claypool playing with Larry LaLonde and Jay Lane(who originally played drums right before LaLonde had joined.) After seeing them play last year, I was reminded of their off the wall antics and amazing music.

I started this album with very low expectations. Although I am a huge fan of the music, the direction they headed with their latest efforts just didn't interest me. I know they'll never release "Seas of Cheese part 2" and I am fine with that. This band is meant to change and that's what I love about them.

On my first listen through, I kept comparing it to their earlier works sort of "Frizzle Fry" meets "the Brown Album" with a hint of Oysterhead thrown in for good measure. You can hear where some of these could have fit on other albums. The first time through definitely left a good impression on me, especially since its the first new material I have liked in fourteen years.

On a second listen I found that it sounded much like Claypool's solo work. It makes sense since Lane has been doing drums for a lot of his non-Primus work. It is still a really great album. I think this album will be put on as frequently as their classic albums. Is it as good as "Seas of Cheese?" Only time will tell if the excitement of a new record after so long will wear off. Until then I will be jamming this album quite a bit.

The style changes constantly throughout the album but does so seamlessly. Each song carrying their own weight while contributing to the whole. I found myself truly enjoying each song bringing me back to high school when I would listen to them on my yellow Sony Sports Walkman in study hall.

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Comments
HONKY TONK BLUES
44,573 Posts
36/M/PA
awesome. cant wait to hear this
still oh so ill
8,438 Posts
36/M/MD
Theres a new Primus record? Ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff...

Attn: Shostakovich. Inform Fresh.
I Saw The Apeman
4,342 Posts
28/M/PA
I need this shit now.
brew for breakfast
2,315 Posts
41/M/PA
Heard some of it this week. Really good stuff.
I have no legs!
27,231 Posts
8/M/PA
I found it to be kind of boring and lacking energy of their "classics." Les has pretty much said he doesn't care for this band as much as his side projects. It felt like they were going through the motions.
I have no legs!
465 Posts
37/M/AZ
I don't know about them just going through the motions. Seeing them live made it feel more than that. Also he is working with the drummer from his solo stuff and really had the feel of his solo stuff except that its good.
I have no legs!
5 Posts
27/M/FL
Dopest Dope.
Pulp Free
52,186 Posts
35/M/PA
wait? Brain isnt playing drums anymore? That's kind of a bummer.
Old Head
37,218 Posts
60/M/NA
Originally posted by: Walktheblock

I need this shit now.

Old Head
37,218 Posts
60/M/NA
anyone remember 'sausage'?
I have no legs!
465 Posts
37/M/AZ
I was just thinking of Sausage the other day. The drummer on this album was the drummer for Sausage, which I guess was actually the original line-up of Primus reuniting. Also Sausage rules.
I have no legs!
27,231 Posts
8/M/PA
Originally posted by: TravisAssault

I don't know about them just going through the motions. Seeing them live made it feel more than that. Also he is working with the drummer from his solo stuff and really had the feel of his solo stuff except that its good.



A friend (super Primus nerd) saw them recently and felt the exact opposite. That Les looked bored and the energy wasn't there. I don't know, this album isn't bad at all, but it's just lacking something for me.
I have no legs!
465 Posts
37/M/AZ
That's weird, I have seen them numerous times over the years and the performance I saw them recently seemed the same. Even a bit more energy than before. Maybe it was a good night for him when I saw them or maybe a bad night when you friend had seen them. As I stated in the review, I went into this with low expectations so maybe thats why I find it so good because I expected garbage.
Sh0tGuNFaCeLift
50 Posts
29/M/PA
as great as a bassist les is primus fucking sucks anymore.
I'm 5
1,820 Posts
28/M/FL
I skimmed this on spotify and was really disappointed. I should give it another (full) listen though in case I'm missing something

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