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Nobody ever accused Mr. Bungle of being suckers for a good melody. The syncopated blasts of cartoonish noise that fill 1991's Mr. Bungle and 1995's Disco Volante are one part speed metal and one part Speedy Gonzalez. Initially, the band served as a more aggressive outlet for singer Mike Patton, widely known for his work in Faith No More. But with Faith No More no more, Patton and Mr. Bungle decided to sweeten the Bungle batter with a little songcraft. California boasts harmonies (yes, harmonies!) that would make the Brothers Wilson proud. Opening with a chorus of seagulls and crashing waves that gives way to slide guitar, strings, and Patton singing (not screaming), the poppy yet symphonic "Sweet Charity" announces that this is not your bike messenger's Mr. Bungle album. Songs like the easy strummin' "Retrovertigo", the sultry Scott Walker-esque "Pink Cigarette", and the orchestral "Vanity Fair" make California 1999's golden-hair surprise. --Bill Crandall
Top Customer Reviews
20th century. An enormous amount of styles are blended seamlesly
together, lounge music, easy listening, Hawaian music, techno,
surf, rap, jazz and the list goes on. Unlike the two previous albums, the distorted electric guitar work of Trey Spruance is blended in to the pieces rather than being accentuated by it's nature. The effect of this is that, while Spruance may be playing what would sound like heavy rock riffs alone, the overall mood of the songs remain after he begins to play (e.g. None of them knew they were robots). As a result, the album will sound a lot less heavy than it actually is (I'd imagine some of these songs would sound quite differet live). Coherance is the key to this albums power, where it was the lack of which which hampered 'Disco Volante'. The degree of complexity on some of the instrumental arrangements is simply staggering and making this sound simple and texturally beutifull is an immense achievment in itself.
Although this album may sound less experimental than 'Disco Volante' the experimental nature of the band actually has not disappeared from Bungle's music, it is just the case that the band have learned to use this aspect to enhance the songs rather than including it for the sake of including it. Mike Patton displays some of his finest writing, which he may find difficult to better
in the future. The rest of the band are at least, if not more, involved with Dunn and Spruance playing a very large part. The lyrics are complex and thought-provoking, definately the finest the band has produced. Most of all however, the band still show a sense of humour, which has matured significantly since the messy
debut.Read more ›
Overall I found this album FAR more entertaining than Disco Volante, the band's second mainstream album. There is some beautiful gothic pop on there, "Pink Cigarette", "Sweet Charity", "Retrovertigo", but still, there're the epic reams of music, to wash your auditory palate clean of all the sports metal tripe floating on the oily surface of modern music these days. "Ars Moriendi" conjures up images of Greek weddings in limbo, and "None of them knew they were robots" is a superb, almost incomprehensible theme tune for the ultimate Tom and Jerry cartoon.
The album is EXTREMELY accessible. The theme is one of summer, and tourism, though the only summery element of it is a few seconds of seagulls at the start. After that it's straight in with horror, humour and eros through ballrooms, wine cellars, barren planets and scenes from "Metropolis".
In all, I'd recommend this album to anyone new to Bungle, and anyone who's read the reviews that came out with claws, saying that Mr Bungle had gone soft. They most certainly haven't.
The highlights include 'The Air-Conditioned Nightmare', Beach Boys style surf rock twisted into something that somehow manages to be dark and upbeat at the same time, 'Pink Cigarette', a ballad about as black as they come, and the very funky 'Gollum II (the bionic vapour boy)'.
I first heard Mike Patton in Faith No More, but I feel this album surpasses their later work with ease. If you're a Mike Patton fan, you'll love this. If you're not, you will be by track three.
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Might be the most easy listen of Bungles albums. This is a homage to music of the sixties, sunny days at the beach and sunsets. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Andreas Wretling
Worth the price just for "Sweet Charity" alone. Pink Cigarette has to be my favourite. Would definitely recommend to any Mike Patton fans, although Mike Patton fans... Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2013 by Mr J Caron
I get everything on time and in perfect condition everything went great. Will I ever buy later Thank you for allPublished on 31 May 2013 by Marcelo Daniel Restaino
It was delivered really quickly, and it was in perfect condition. What more do you want?
It's a really good album, like all the Mr Bungle albums.
This whole album is unfathomably good. Headed by Mike Patton, we are taken on a musical tour through fractured psyches, philosophical concepts, and... God only knows what else. Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2013 by DeclanCochran
If you like Mr Bungle, then you probably already have this album. If you don't like Mr Bungle, then go away. I joke.. Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2012 by Tazmin
Mr Bungle can be a challenging listen. Their self-titled debut was a chaotic mixture of funk-metal, ska, jazz and toilet humour. Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2012 by Arthur Askey's Legs
Of course, you have to be the kind of person who can listen to music for what it is without the need to 'get' it until it can be enjoyed fully. Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2011 by theone&only