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California
     

California

5.0 3
by Mr. Bungle
 

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Four years after Disco Volante, Mr. Bungle returns with California, which immediately distinguishes itself from its predecessors -- it's probably their most heavily orchestrated record to date and their most melodic overall, as well as the least dependent on rock styles. That's certainly not to imply that this is a tame or

Overview

Four years after Disco Volante, Mr. Bungle returns with California, which immediately distinguishes itself from its predecessors -- it's probably their most heavily orchestrated record to date and their most melodic overall, as well as the least dependent on rock styles. That's certainly not to imply that this is a tame or immediately accessible record, nor that Mr. Bungle has suddenly gone sane. There is a stronger lounge-music orientation to the group's trademark rapid-fire genre-hopping; we hear more pop, swing, rockabilly, country & western, bossa nova, Hawaiian and Middle Eastern music, jazz, Zappa-esque doo wop, arty funk, post-rock, space-age pop, spaghetti-Western music, warped circus melodies, and even dramatic pseudo-new age, plus just a smidgen of heavy metal. Sure, some of those sounds have appeared on Mr. Bungle records past, but the difference this time is the focus with which the band deploys its arsenal. California is their most concise album to date, clocking in at around 45 minutes; plus, while the song structures are far from traditional, they're edging more in that direction and that greatly helps the listener in making sense of the often random-sounding juxtapositions of musical genres (assuming, of course, that you're supposed to even try to make sense of them). As with any Mr. Bungle album, California requires at least a few listens to pull together, but its particular brand of schizophrenia isn't nearly as impenetrable as that of Disco Volante, even if it will still make you marvel at the fact that such a defiantly odd, uncommercial band recorded for Warner Bros.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/1999
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624744726
catalogNumber:
47447
Rank:
42872

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bungle   Primary Artist
Trevor Dunn   Group Member
Mike Patton   Vocals
Michael Peloquin   Harmonica
William Winant   Bass Drums,Timpani,Mallets,Tam-tam
Bill Banovetz   Horn,English Horn
Trey Spruance   Group Member
Sam D. Bass   Cello
Dave Philips   Pedal Steel Guitar
Danny Heifetz   Group Member
Carla Kihlstedt   Violin,Viola
Eyvind Kang   Violin,Viola
Bar McKinnon   Group Member
Marika Hughes   Cello
Henri Duscharme   Accordion
Larry Ragent   Horn,French Horn
Aaron Seeman   Piano
Jay Steebley   Cymbalom
Ben Barnes   Violin,Viola
David Phillips   Pedal Steel Guitar
Timba Harris   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Bungle   Producer
Adam Muñoz   Engineer
Mike Patton   Songwriter,Art Conception
Billy Anderson   Engineer
Trey Spruance   Engineer
Joshua Heller   Engineer
Mackie Osborne   Artwork,Graphic Design
Justin Phelps   Engineer

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California 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is one of the best pieces of music ever written. Every aspect of it, both vocally and instrumentally, make it my favorite album of all time. Definitely a must own for Patton fans, and music lovers in general.
Guest More than 1 year ago
mr. bungles califronia displays extreme talent.The erie circus overtones and relaxing lounge sound make it unique and have a style all its own. Which is the same for mike pattons vocals which hit every possible range. You can actually listen to every song on this cd without hitting skip or stop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Bungle is a band that should've gotten more publicity for their extremely terriffic talent in a eerie techno/alternative rock style. Vocals are very unique. California is a break through album that everyone should take a peek at.