Mr. Bungle - California
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Based on 158 ratings
1999 Ratings: #11
Liked by 8 people
July 13, 1999 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
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Mike Patton Project: #7

Onto the third and final Mr. Bungle album before the breakup. While being the most mainstream of the three, the release does not lack in weirdness or variety in genre.

This album is really hard for me to talk about; if I try to make this review long it would be very repetitive with a lot of me saying this element is good or great, so I'll keep this shorter. In my review for the self titled Mr. Bungle album I described it in a way that fits even more to this album than ... read more
Mr. Bungle's music to me is like a circus - I see the bearded lady, and the guy swallowing the sword, and mutants of every kind, and I'm certainly entertained, but by the end of it I'm not sure I actually had a good time. I had a good reaction, not a good time.
This album does require many listens, but when it clicks oh boy it fucking clicks.

Edit: Parody of the beach boys
It is not straight up chaotic and crazy as they self-titled record, and is easily their most streamlined and accesible release, sticking with a more art driven style alongside their experimenting ways. But, lord is there a lot of stuff happening within its dense runtime of 44 minutes. Drawing from elements of surf, baroque, Avant-Garde, Metal, Jazz, Pop, Rock, look the list is endless so much is going on in this record that it is simply impressive how easy it is to listen to and get washed ... read more
Long read ahead.

'California' takes heavy influence and inspiration from many different genres and bands, and blends them all so meticulously into this one crazy and eccentric record. There are so many genres and musical styles packed into this album, some of them specifically being Hawaiian music, Eastern music, electro-funk, doo-wop, folk music, pop music, surf rock, circus music, psychobilly, kecak, thrash metal, lounge music, exotica, space age pop, jazz rock, noise, avant-garde ... read more
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Track List

  1. Sweet Charity
  2. None of Them Knew They Were Robots
  3. Retrovertigo
  4. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare
  5. Ars Moriendi
  6. Pink Cigarette
  7. Golem II: The Bionic Vapour Boy
  8. The Holy Filament
  9. Vanity Fair
  10. Goodbye Sober Day  
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Added on: March 11, 2013