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Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
There's a reason Primus chose to title its classic 1991 album SAILING THE SEAS OF CHEESE. Cornballs in the finest Zappa-Beefheart-Minutemen tradition, the band churns out prog-punk avant-funk that's as much about self-deprecating goofiness and acid-tweaked comic irony as musical muscularity and macho posturing. This not only separates them from their new peers in the post-Peppers Korn-Bizkit set, but it also gives their monstrously original records lasting value after the novelty of Les Claypool's redneck hiccup and truncated funk bass-blurbs become familiar. On the aptly titled ANTIPOP Les and Co. blend their jazz-'n'-funk chops into some of the tightest tunes of their ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
There's a reason Primus chose to title its classic 1991 album SAILING THE SEAS OF CHEESE. Cornballs in the finest Zappa-Beefheart-Minutemen tradition, the band churns out prog-punk avant-funk that's as much about self-deprecating goofiness and acid-tweaked comic irony as musical muscularity and macho posturing. This not only separates them from their new peers in the post-Peppers Korn-Bizkit set, but it also gives their monstrously original records lasting value after the novelty of Les Claypool's redneck hiccup and truncated funk bass-blurbs become familiar. On the aptly titled ANTIPOP Les and Co. blend their jazz-'n'-funk chops into some of the tightest tunes of their career, such as the rap-metal rocker "Mama Didn't Raise No Fool," the floppy roadhouse shakedown "Ballad of Bodacious," and the downright plaintive "Dirty Drowning Man." But the obvious kicker here is "Laquerhead," a wigged-out, yet weirdly empathetic send-up that hits its stride with the line, "He was a boy of soft demeanor/And he loved his carburetor cleaner." Oh, the humanity!
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
On the surface, all Primus albums seem to sound alike, especially to outsiders read: anyone who either respects the group but doesn't get them, or the minority that actively hates them, particularly Les Claypool's demented comedy schtick. That's not really true, even if the same basic elements remain in place each time, no matter who is in the band. And Primus has never tried to shake things up as much as they do on their seventh album, AntiPop. Primus enlisted a dizzying array of collaborators -- Stewart Copeland, Tom Waits, James Hetfield, Tom Morello, Jim Martin, Matt Stone, Martina, and Fred Durst among them -- all in the purpose of challenging themselves to find different dimensions to its music. Some play or sing, some produce, but it's amazing how much each individual guest changes the tone of the music. It's not always for the best, but it keeps things fresh, if not necessarily coherent. Though there are a couple of good lyrics here, this is by and large an album about music; it would have been even better if it had been primarily an instrumental album, actually, since the vocals get in the way occasionally. By now, the popping bass, dissonance, and angular riffs don't seem like schtick, but the lyrics and singing do. Still, it's possible to get past those and hear AntiPop as one of Primus' most ambitious and best efforts. No, they're not always successful, but no two songs sound the same, and some collaborations are among the best things Primus has ever recorded. AntiPop is dense music that isn't afraid to be goofy or fall on its face -- and even if it's not to your particular taste, it's hard not to respect this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1999
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949041427
  • Catalog Number: 490414
  • Sales rank: 39,432

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Primus Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Tom Waits Vocals, Mellotron
Les Claypool Bass, Vocals
James Hetfield Guitar
Tom Morello Guitar
Brian "Brain" Mantia Drums
Larry LaLonde Guitar
Jim Martin Guitar
Martina Topley-Bird Bass
Technical Credits
Stewart Copeland Producer
Primus Producer
Tom Waits Producer
Oz Fritz Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Tom Morello Producer
Tom Whalley Art Direction
Stewart Whitmore Digital Editing
Fred Durst Producer
Matt Stone Producer
Craig Howell Art Direction, Illustrations
Reuben Raffael Art Direction
Cage ? Contributor
Lena ? Contributor
Turk Black Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Only buy this if you REALLY like primus

    This is probably their weakest album. Its for more cut and dry and funk oriented. But if you feel you MUST have this album buy all their other major studio albums first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    primus rocks

    this is the best cd ever. if you have'nt heard them you will like them. it is amazing what les claypool does on the base, buy all of primus's cd's now

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Primus cranks out yet another great album

    Primus' latest work lived up to and exceeded their reputation. This latest album also added a bit more hard-corish tones, making it one of my favorites.

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