The Claypool Lennon Delirium - Monolith of Phobos
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2016 Ratings: #589 / 763
User Score
Based on 17 ratings
June 3, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

With meandering guitar, elastic bass, trippy flourishes, and some of the tightest musicianship this side of the galaxy, Monolith reveals a new dimension.

80
American Songwriter
The result is this consistently enjoyable, often terrific, frequently challenging 11 track, 51-minute aural rocket ship exploration quite rightly tagged “delirium” by its duo of frontmen.
70
Exclaim!

Monolith of Phobos finds the fringe alt-rock/psych-pop players catering to each other's strengths on their new record, delivering an album filled with wonky, whammy-assisted bass lines and melodic guitar noodling.

67
Consequence of Sound

There’s something to be said for albums like Phobos, albums whose creators have zero expectations, commercial or otherwise, behind it. They have to know there’s already a built-in audience of Primus fans and rubberneckers who are going to slow down and give it the once over. But otherwise, they just wanted to see what would happen if they downed a bunch of alcohol and edibles and played around in the studio for a few days.

60
PopMatters

Neither surprise success nor unmitigated failure, Monolith of Phobos is an artistic anomaly that, like this year’s election season, will find listeners ultimately settling for one side or another; it’s not that either necessarily likes their choices, rather it’s more they’ve been left with little option other than to settle with the results.

30
Loud and Quiet
The Claypool Lennon Delirium lives up to its name like a fever dream; you want it to stop, and until it does, you just hope paracetamol will do the trick.
PipePanic
84
An old-school Beatles/Pink Floyd hybrid throwback but with the ferocious guitar playing of Jimi Hendrix, the absolute bass insanity that only Claypool could apply, and the lyrics of a King Crimson record. Suffice to say, it's bizarre, bonkers and fun as hell to witness in all of it's prog-rock weirdness.

Favorite jams: Breath of a Salesman, Cricket and the Genie, Oxycontin Girl

Lest Favorite: There's No Underwear in Space
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#37/Piccadilly Records

Track List

  1. The Monolith of Phobos
  2. Cricket and the Genie
  3. Cricket and the Genie
  4. Mr. Wright
  5. Boomerang Baby
  6. Breath of a Salesman
  7. Captain Lariat
  8. Ohmerica
  9. Oxycontin Girl
  10. Bubbles Burst
  11. There's No Underwear in Space
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