“Southbound Pachyderm” sounds like a sister-track to “Electric Grapevine.” It’s slow and weird and definitely not my favorite song on this album. Actually, I think it is the one I listen to the least.
“Over The Falls” begins with a nice rollicking groove, and then fails to capture my attention.. Other than listening to the very nice bass playing, this is a song that I generally pass over.
“Shake Hands With Beef” is a nice return to the chunk-groove bass line. If I had to describe it, it would be that the bass guitar sounds like it is flatulent, and it keeps pooting out this weird and wicked groove. This is just a great, great song.
“Coattails Of A Dead Man” sounds like a song that would play at the Devil’s Circus. It’s fabulous, and I can easily close my eyes and see demons pirouette to it in the dark of its sparse groove. Great song.
“Mary The Ice Cube” begins with a nice interplay between soft guitar and bass licks, all on top of a drum beat. Blessed with some quirky lyrics, the song finds this delicious groove and proceeds to sit in it and refuse to come out. If Primus reunited in 2003 to do nothing else but cut this one song, I thank them. It may be my favorite song on this album.
All in all, Primus is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but this album condenses their weirdness into a very palatable format. It may just be the perfect introduction to the band and get them tons of new listeners that otherwise would have just turned and walked away, previously.
It hooked me, which is why I now find myself heartily recommending this album to one and all!