1.SanMalo National Anthem- Heavy Duty. Let's you know where this album is about to go to. 2.I'm Fine-Chorus is arrogant and awesome. 3.Splinters- Vocal performance is one of the best on the album. Drumming out of this jazzy world. 4.Five Foot Category Five- Primus meets Tom Waits (did I just say that?) The least favorite thing on this side is that little RHCP break. It's not that I don't like the break, its just everything else is off the hook with originality up to this point on the album. 5.Vulture Sing- The Guitar work on this tune is spectacular, and I don't even want to about the tones these guys are getting down. Nice stuff!
1.My Heart Burned Down Today- This second side starts off with a sick and twisted love song.....just waiting for that coming train. It teases you just enough with a sick groove that really comes to life on the second verse. Then dumps you. 2.Papio Paio (The Swamp Ape Again)- We are back into religion. Is it the religion of fast paced chase scenes a la McQueen in bullet? I think so. It builds drama and pace and I might add, is awesome to see live and in person. 3.La Balada De San Malo- Another brilliant number. Short pulsating buzzsaws sung in a foreign language. God dammit! That guitar is so short & repetitive...all the while being too good. The buzz is created through the bass (which is the buzziest instrument in the band). It adds just enough of a pause to build tension and it's littered through out this gem. I wish I could cover this one. 4.Noisy Kind of Nothing- Noiso tales of life on the island of San Malo. 5.Fifty Years Later on the Bayou Skimmer -There is a goat on the album. I keep listening to this song to try to understand the significance of it on the album, to see if there is something I am missing. To the artist it must mean something, however I follow the live rule...would I want to see it performed live and in person. Probably not. Everything else on the album I would and I have. And hopefully I will see it again real soon.
Here is a little live Graves Brothers Deluxe for ya...