Sound — 10
The sound is definitely more experimental and upbeat than all the other Funk-metal acts of the day who turned into thoughtful songwriters such the chili peppers and Faith no more, the sound Is mature but has an element of the band still trying to find itself in a unique due to the fact that irreverance, virtuosity and humor standouts among each member, especially bassist and vocalist Les Claypool who shows his True artistry on 'Tommy The Cat' with Larry lalonde's amazing guitar solo and Tim alexander groove on drums, another song 'Jerry Was A Race Car Driver' Give you a sense of greatness in Claypool tapped bass work which drives the song while the rest of the bands mentality drives the album as one of the greatest of all time.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are still Humorous and eccentric as usual, but close inspection could show that it is the lyrical change making it Primus's angriest album, them becoming outspoken socially, religiously and politically with songs such as 'American Life' which criticises american society or 'Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers' talking about drug abuse, which has built their image as outspoken which is evident in the following release Pork soda.
Overall Impression — 9
The album is the greatest of all time for its intrumental experimentation, not with effects but with playing techniques making it one true and raw funk metal album and giving a blueprint for young musician to follow and learn, this is defnitely one album to have for it's pure energy, virtuosity and humor and make Primus one of the greatest bands of all time and will have a place in rock music for all time.