I guess it depends on your viewpoint. The way I see this album, it is a great leap for Primus. They have simplified their approach to this album, resorting to a less-than-perfect production and less flamboyant bass playing. However, this may be for the best, as the band loses some of their goofiness for a darker, more focused album. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love the quirkiness of Seas of Cheese and Pork Soda. However, after 5 albums, it starts to age. This selection is a breath of fresh air for Primus. The absence of Herb is definitely noticeable, but that doesn’t discredit the skill of Brain; he is an amazing drummer as well, though in a different vein than Herb. His drumming is simpler and more rhythmic, which is a perfect fit for the grittiness and depth of this album. The influence of Tom Waits is very apparent in the music, drawing from the percussive, choppy sound of the Swordfishtrombones-era (in fact, Les says that this album is Tom Waits’ favorite Primus cut.) I would recommend this album to all music fans; even if you don’t like it, you have to admire its ambition.