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US 180 Gram Vinyl Pressing. One of the most uncompromising and adventurous major label releases of the ’90s, Mr. Bungle’s second album, originally released in 1995, an ’alternative’ record only in the vaguest sense of the word. Incorporating Death Metal, free Jazz, experimental Electronica, and ambient soundtracks, along with Mike Patton’s outrageous vocal style, ’Disco volante’ is probably the most important and groundbreaking release of Patton’s storied career, and that’s saying a lot.Imagine Frank Zappa composing the soundtrack for Ed Wood’s Plan Nine from Outer Space, or the Residents unleashing a techno-dance project: that should give you some idea of Mr. Bungle’s Disco Volante, an album of cheesy synthesizers, mangled disco beats, virtuosic playing, and juvenile noises. Like the Residents, Mr. Bungle is a Northern California band that obscures its true identity (it shares members with Faith No More) by prohibiting photos of its members and by using such funny names as I Quit (the drummer) and Uncooked Meat Prior to State Vector Collapse (the keyboardist). Like Zappa, the Mr. Bungle musicians like to show off their classical, jazz, and worldbeat influences in fast, difficult passages that are technically impressive but never seem to go anywhere. All but three of the album’s dozen pieces feature lyrics, but the vocals are so deeply buried in the mix that the words are virtually indecipherable. The pieces are more accurately described as aural montages than songs, for short sections erupt and suddenly disappear, replaced by another passage just as well played and just as clever but with little connection to what preceded it. For listeners who enjoy the constant surprise of such arbitrary musical detours, Mr. Bungle provides much better musicianship than the Residents but less coherence than Zappa. –Geoffrey Himes

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  • i expected so much out of this LP
    but it was so much better than what i tohught it would be like.
    the LP has no fillers whatsoever and there are only 2 older tracks which were remastered.
    a must have to all saosin fans
    - night_stridah

    Posted on December 6, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I’ll be honest with you. This album took me by surprise. I had heard Saosin awhile back, aka, before they switched Singers. While I liked what I heard, I never really got into them too much. However, they switched singers when Anthony Green left, and released a new album. So I was quite interested in hearing what the new album sounded like. I was actually quite surprised. My first impressions were very good. For whatever reason, this album just grabbed me. Its not the best album I’ve ever heard, but its just good music. Its obvious that these guys have talent, and its very well made album. The guitar work is was initially grabbed me, but the song writing, singing, and production are all excellent as well. Honestyl, just give this album a chance. I’m telling you, listen to the opening song, “It’s far better to learn,” and you’ll be hooked instantly. Sometimes a band can have alot of talent, but if I’m not feeling the singer, I just can’t get into them. Don’t worry, thats not a problem with Saosin. The new lead singer Cove Reber fits in perfectly with the band, and he has a strong voice that a good frontman needs. So, overall, its a great album, and I’m glad I picked it up.

    Posted on December 5, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • this is an awesome album. I saw their ad on a bench actually and I really digged the rainforest-based rhinoceros beetle picture and I’m a total sucker for good album covers. We all remember listening to ‘Bury Your Head’ and thought how awesome it was and I’m sure we all forgot who Saosin was after that. this album has a lot more to offer than that one hit. I love the opening “It’s Far Better to Learn”. The moment it started playing in my car, I felt such a rush, the energy is amazing. The first three songs in themselves really set the tone for the rest of the album. And with songs after like “voices”, “come close” and “some sense of security”, it just doesn’t get dull at all.
    Definately check this out if you are bored, its a winner.

    Posted on December 5, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I usually don’t listen to this type of music, I am more into metal, goth, prog rock and jazz-fusion, but for some reason, after giving this CD a try in a local Hot Topic store (sometimes I actually buy their clothes), I was totally blown away by it, and I had to buy it, and I must confess I was unable to remove it from my car CD player for at least 3 weeks, although I still love it and listen to it often.
    Pointing out details about every single song would be pointless, but I think they are all good: the songwriting is far, far more advanced than everyone else in their genre, the singer has an amazing voice, the musicianship is good, especially the drummer and the singer…. what impressed me is the fact that every song stands up on its own, making it difficult to pick a favorite, although I have to say that I’d have to give my vote to You’re Not Alone, due to the almost proggie-AOR oriented, very melodic chorus line and song arrangement.
    Every song is infectious, has killer hooks and melodies, and beautiful chord progressions like I haven’t heard in a looooooooooooooooooooooong time in a metal-oriented act (the last CD this good I can remember totally falling in love with was Images & Words by Dream Theater) and grabs the listener with its honesty and very refreshing hooks (those hooks sure are important).
    On a final note, what’s also refreshing about this band, is the fact that the CD leaves you with a nice aftertaste, one that has the flavor of “there’s still room to improve, but this was a hell of a performace already”….in my musician career (25+ years of listening to and playing music) I can’t point out many bands who can actually do this.

    Posted on December 5, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • It’s hard to believe that in merely three years time Saosin became the most talked about and hyped band in the underground. In the midst of departures and break up speculations, I can’t be the only one who believed this album would never actually be released. Seeing as how this was actually supposed to hit stores in February 2004 (long time ago huh?) But the band has seem some understandable problems in that time frame right? So now that it’s finally here, was it worth this long wait? Well if you’re willing to give the band a chance with Cove as the front-man, you’re most likely going to find a very gratifying listening experience with the Saosin’s self titled effort. Otherwise if you’ve already made up your mind, don’t even bother trying to get into it.

    So what about the album is good? Well Saosin still, for the most part, has a sound all their own. While not nearly as distinct as it was on “Translating The Name”, the band is still five incredibly talented musicians who make great music. Beau and Justin’s guitar work is always impressive (check “Follow and Feel” and “Collapse” for examples of their brightest points), and still help to shape the band’s sound. Most of the songs don’t carry the jagged edge that the former ep did, which is kind of disappointing. It’s true that this record as a whole is much more controlled or “mellow” (although that’s probably not the exact way to describe it) than anything the band has done in the past. The drum work continues to be very impressive (Alex can create masterful fills, rolls and rhythms that accent the songs perfectly), but it isn’t nearly as flashy as it was in the past. It’s understandable since Alex didn’t actually record the drums on the first Ep. There’s a definite lack of double bass. Chris does a nice job of holding down the low end on the songs, and he works well with Alex to strengthen the rhythms. And then finally there is Cove. I’ve actually always thought Cove was a suitable replacement for Anthony, and this time around he actually distinguishes himself as a vocalist. Instead of trying too hard to be Anthony, it seems like he is finally comfortable in his position fronting the band. His vocals are great, and for the direction the band went with this record, I couldn’t really picture anyone else singing them.

    However it’s obvious that Saosin has talent, but all the talent in the world means nothing if the songs aren’t memorable. Luckily “Saosin” has its fair share of great songs. Anyone familiar with the band will instantly recognize “Bury Your Head”, and “Sleepers” aka “I wanna Hear Another Fast Song”, which have both been re-recorded for the album. I must say though that both songs are superior to their original versions (aside from the drums on the original “Bury Your Head”). Aside from those though, the best treat is the new songs. “It’s Far Better To Learn” opens the album in stellar fashion, and is basically the blueprint for every song. If you like the track, the rest of the album is going to suit you just fine. Saosin shows a nice spectrum of sound, ranging from straight-forward rockers like “Follow And Feel” and “Collapse”, to more mellow-pieces like “Finding Home” and “You’re Not Alone.” “It’s So Simple” and “Voices” are two great melodic pieces which really showcase Cove’s newfound confidence in the vocal department. The standout track of the whole album though would have to be the closer “Some Sense Of Security,” which I have been waiting to hear a proper recorded version of since I first heard the demo back almost two years ago. The lyrics, music, vocals, everything about the song is simply stunning, and it is by far Saosin’s high point.

    Having been listening since “Translating The Name” first hit stores back over three years ago, I rushed to the store today and picked this up, not really knowing what to expect. But rest assured if you are a Saosin fan, you are probably going to be very pleased with what you get. While it’s not perfect (it did have a lot to live up to after all), I’m pleased with what Saosin finally delivered. It’s almost hard to believe that after three years of waiting, we finally have the record in our hands. If you’re willing to give it a chance, then this will probably be one of your favorite records of the year. The wait is over!

    Posted on December 5, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now