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4.9 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

Phallic Baldwin ,

The Greatest Album Ever Made

Here is the greatest marriage of performance, composition, libretto, and production. This album transcends all else. It is not merely a series of juxtapositions or genre-hybrids, but rather we are set loose within an exploration of development via orchestration, form, timbre, melody, harmony, dynamics, genre, concepts, and production. High's and Low's intertwined, working together to bring about the beauty of the pieces rather than being at opposition with one another to generate drama. There is a sense of desire, passion, regret, humor, and displacement/isolation throughout the album; produced impeccably via the instruments as well as the vocals, and done so with some of the most innovative approaches to nearly ever aspect of the album. Canonical.

uberman9000 ,

One of the three best albums of all time.

The other two are the other two Bungle albums. If anyone has heard the rumors about how much they are supposed to love this band, start with this album. It's the most user-friendly, as it captures Bungle at their most song-oriented. Then go to the first album, then Disco Volante.

While "Sweet Charity" and "Pink Cigarette" are theoretically something you could sing at David Lynch's karaoke night, others like "Ars Moriendi" will leave you with no doubt as to why so many fans refer to these men as geniuses. They are the perfect combination of virtuosity, experimentation, and the flaming balls of rock!

Quishone ,

This album literally changed my life

I first heard this album when I was in the 8th grade. My (future friend's mom) history teacher played Air-Conditioned Nightmare while we were sitting in her classroom doing nothing on the last day of school. I was intrigued to say the least, and had to hear more. Prior to this I listened to almost no experimental music (some of Hella's stuff was as far as i was ready to go) and nothing outside of rock music. But after downloading California it immediately became one of my favorite albums ever. I immediately downloaded the rest of their discography and listened to them exclusively for a long time. Without them I would have never branched out to hip-hop, jazz, eperimental music and just whatever sounds good to me instead of feeling the need to listen to only "rock and roll". Needless to say, Mr. Bungle is one of the most important bands of all time for me.

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