Sound — 8
This is Lard's first full length album and probably their best/most popular. The band have a really fresh sound on this album, expanding a lot from the Power Of Lard EP. The album has a strong industrial sound, reflecting the Ministry side of the band while Jello adds his lyrics and vocal charisma to the mix, changing it into something new and fresh, the album doesn't really have any bad tracks although some listeners will only be able to get into the "normal" songs like Forkboy, as the album gets more twisted as it progresses. I personally only originally liked about half the album when I first listened to it but by about the 3rd listen or so I enjoyed everything and can listen to the album back to back, its just one of those albums that you need to adjust to really appreciate it fully. The overall feel of the album is fresh and interesting, a good twist of punk and industrial. All the riffs are great and the drumming has a really good industrial sound.
Lyrics — 8
Lyrics are typical Jello Biafra. War on drugs etc. One thing I do like about his albums is he always includes the lyrics in the CD booklet so you can read them, there are some funny lyrics in there, but as always they are witty and truthful as well, which Jello always does. If you are a fan of Jello Biafra you will know what to expect and will like the lyrics, others may think the lyrics are a bit weird but other than that the lyrics are great, classic Jello. He puts on his best performance on this album, anyone who thinks it was over when The Dead Kennedys split up are very mistaken, probably Jello's best side project since DK broke up. Overall the lyrics are very clever and precise, especially in Drug Raid At 4AM and I Am Your Clock. The dark lyrics also fit in well with everything else.
Overall Impression — 7
This band is much different from any other industrial band just because it has Jello in it. These guys probably beat most other industrial bands other than a few like Ministry (which half the members of Lard are from anyway). There arent really any "best" songs as pretty much the whole album is good, The only song which is not as good as the rest is "Can God Fill Teeth?" Also the cover of "They're coming to take me Away" can sometimes get a bit boring as well as "I Am Your Clock". This album has great artwork, great music, and great lyrics, I reccommend it to any Jello Biafra, Ministry or industrial fan. If this album were to be stolen or lost I would definitely replace it. Overall good album. Solid performance.