Sound — 9
This is the first studio registered album of the band and probably the best. In this album we can found lot of blues riffs and jazz sounds, alternating to very fast rock and metal riffs. The most of the songs of this album have 2 parts, the first, slower and blues sounding, and the second faster and rock sounding (see "Groundhog's Day" and "Pudding Time"). The Claypool's bass sounds awesome and Lerry LaLonde creates beautiful riffs, also the drum creates really nice rhytms. These are the songs of the album: 01. "To Defy The Laws Of Tradition" - Great bass rhythm and suggestive guitar riff with ending solo rich of distortion and vibrato. 02. "Groundhog's Day" - Like ever awesome bass and a starting blues guitar riff, at the end a crazy speed guitar solo. 03. "Too many puppies" - This song sounds a little harder, great bass line, the sound of the song doesn't change, maybe a little repetitive. 04. "Mr. Knowitall" - Wonderful instrumental, with a really nice guitar riff, but the vocal part can't compete with the instrumental. 05. "Frizzly Fry" - Fantastic sound, a little eastern, the vocal is almost spoken, but the instrumental is great like ever. 06. "John The Fisherman" - Probably the most famous of the album, it has a great sound and a catchy chorus, the slapping bass sounds awesome. 07. "You Can't Kill Michelle Malloy" - A short jam session track. 08. "The Toys Go Winding Down" - Palm muted bass for a great sound and nice guitar. 09. "Pudding Time" - This song sounds intermittent and rhythmic, with a speedy guitar solo in the second part of the song. 10. "Sathington Willoby" - Another short jam session track. 11. "Spegetti Western" - Awesome drum rhythm, a nice guitar solo with lot of distortion and the usual great bass. 12. "Harold Of The Rocks" - Catchy guitar riff and the ordinary awesome bass. 13. "To Defy" - Jam session track.
Lyrics — 6
The lyrics are usually stories, the music is perfect for the lyrics, but the singer has not a good skill.
Overall Impression — 8
In my opinion this is one of the best album of Primus, the most impressive songs of the album are "John The Fisherman", "Groundhog's Day", "Pudding Time", "To Defy The Laws Of Tradition" and "Mr. Knowitall" but also the the other song are really good. I love the guitar riffs of this album but the vocals are not good at all. And, of course, if I had lost this album I would have bought it.