Mike Patton & Jean-Claude Vannier - Corpse Flower
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2019 Ratings: #21 / 737
User Score
Based on 44 ratings
2019 Ratings: #395
September 13, 2019 / Release Date
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Ipecac / Label
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Mike Patton, Jean-Claude Vannier / Primary Artists
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Now this is the Friday The 13th music i've been looking for!

The best way I can describe this is if Frank Sinatra and Randy Newman were really into Italian Horror Monster films and decided to make a rock opera. Yep, this album is that SPOOKY shit, and it's it at it's peak performance.

To be fair, both parties are no stranger to this. Mike Patton has built his name on his hellish screams and quacked out production styles, with him front-running Mr Goddamn Bungle, Fantomas and Tomahawk. The man ... read more
I'm just accepting the fact that music just isn't scary.

There's a wide array of influences on display that you'll likely spend a good amount of your mental energy just picking it apart. Black Francis, Glen Hasnard, Serge Gainsbourg and Tom Waits can be heard in the vocals alone. I get Michael Gira vibes in the lyricism. It's tone reminds me of a darker Angels of Light or Neil Young. It's a strange record in the same sense that a Tim Burton film is strange. (I also hear The Nightmare Before ... read more
Imagine you stumbling into a bar with fancy drinks, burly goth men with handlebar mustaches and edgy haircuts and a drunk guy singing on stage with a french jazz ensemble. It's pretty odd and the same goes for "Corpse Flower". Mike Patton's performances are ridiculously charismatic, all coupled with some nihilistic lyrics and Jean-Claude Vannier's gorgeous compositions. It's not an album for everyone to enjoy, especially with the lyrics going into some... interesting topics and the ... read more
This is one of the most cheesiest records Mike Patton has made. Lyrically it's so dissonant from the instrumentation (the point of the record) that it becomes laughable, but not in the good way, in the worse way where you furrow your brow in disgust at the cheesiness therein. It feels like a discount Tom Waits record, and that hurts to say considering my love for Mike Patton's works, but this is one of his worst so far; passionless vocals, unappealing lyricism, a relative lack of emotion; just ... read more
Mike Patton of Faith No More fame has released an album that purports to be a Frank Sinatra styled display of the macabre, but ultimately I'm left with a concept album that has a gaudy glisten to it. Once you ruminate in the tracks for a little bit, you just feel a bit ripped off for your time. Mike Patton has really thrown all the cow brains and eyeballs at the wall only for you to realize it's a cheap imitation of raw beef and peeled grapes. That's what this album represents: a cheap soulless ... read more
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Track List

  1. Ballade C.3.3
  2. Camion
  3. Chansons d'amour
  4. Cold Sun, Warm Beer
  5. Browning
  6. Hungry Ghost
  7. Corpse Flower
  8. Insolubles
  9. On Top of the World
  10. Yard Bull
  11. A Schoolgirl's Day
  12. Pink and Bleue
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Added on: May 19, 2019