The Brown Album

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The replacement of drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander with Brian "Brain" Mantia doesn't affect Primus' sound in any notable way on The Brown Album. That isn't surprising -- Les Claypool's side project Sausage sounds identical to Primus. What's notable about The Brown Album is how Claypool moves Primus even further into progressive and jazz-rock territory, concentrating entirely on the instrumental interplay of the group and caring very little for writing full-fledged songs. "Shake Hands With Beef," the first single from the album, has a reasonably amusing adolescent lyric, but the real attraction of the song is how its thunderous bass riff weaves in and out with the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The replacement of drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander with Brian "Brain" Mantia doesn't affect Primus' sound in any notable way on The Brown Album. That isn't surprising -- Les Claypool's side project Sausage sounds identical to Primus. What's notable about The Brown Album is how Claypool moves Primus even further into progressive and jazz-rock territory, concentrating entirely on the instrumental interplay of the group and caring very little for writing full-fledged songs. "Shake Hands With Beef," the first single from the album, has a reasonably amusing adolescent lyric, but the real attraction of the song is how its thunderous bass riff weaves in and out with the syncopated drums and avant guitar. In that sense, it does let the listener know what the album is about, and very few Primus fans should be disappointed by what The Brown Album delivers. It's standard Primus -- all instrumental interplay and adolescent humor -- but it's delivered with more finesse and skill than ever.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/1997
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949012625
  • Catalog Number: 90126
  • Sales rank: 22,215

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Primus Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Brain Drums
Les Claypool Bass, Vocals
Brian "Brain" Mantia Drums
Larry LaLonde Guitar
Technical Credits
Primus Producer
Brain Composer
Les Claypool Engineer, Contributor
Brian "Brain" Mantia Contributor
Larry LaLonde Composer, Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gateway to the [seemingly] unorthodox

    In today's media, certain things are picked out and left exposed and open to society, and after a certain time floating through people's heads and interests, they spoil. That's what makes bands like Primus all the more better--less exposure and thus a regular rate of production and creativity for things to make themsleves happen, not for innumerable anxious fans to urge and rush them. I admire bands like Primus because of that; they're their own people and wirte about whatever they want to, and fortunately, they do it well. The lyrics are eye-opening, creative, fun, and will make anyone who's tried to write a good song green with envy. Yes, they are stories that cannot in any mind be understood out of context, sometimes even within context, but compared to the other pointless, inunderstandble and rediculous [not to mention badly-written] lyrics of big mainstream music, they're genius even in their own personal worst. Music-wise, Primus is equally amazing--Les Claypool's ungodly bass-playing talent should drop the jaw of any respectable musician [yes, he's that good; just listen to "Shake Hand With Beef" or "Restin' Bones"]. Ler's guitar riffs are the perfect amount of support to Les, filling in on certain sounds and melodies that can't be done on the bass or just sound better on guitar. Brain's drumming is like an elf's thunder--quiet but immeasurably strong [if you have Rhinoplasty, listen to the live tracks to find his solo--you'll be glad you did]. Do yourself a favor, and open up your mind with this album. In my opinion, "Restin' Bones" is the best cut, but "Shake Hands", "Dutchess", "Kalamazoo", and "Fisticuffs" are all great.

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