Mike Patton & Jean-Claude Vannier - Corpse Flower
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Based on 7 reviews
2019 Ratings: #21 / 771
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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
Mike Patton: #36

On first listen this came off as just an average Mike Patton album, but then I realized, an average Mike Patton album is still pretty great. Between Jean-Claude Vannier's French background and Patton bringing in some of his Italian inspirations of styles, this has quite the eclectic soundscape. Patton's vocals here are mainly made up of some spoken word and some lower calmer vocals. It's a pretty chill album with some cool instrumentation. Lyrically its interesting as a lot of ... 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
Michael Patton your six octaves are only cool when they do something useful.
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Added on: May 19, 2019