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    Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:14:48

    Album of the Week: Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    This was probably inevitable at some point.

    However, Primus & the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble is even more awesome than the world could've ever imagined. Primus has paid the ultimate homage to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by recording the soundtrack with their own ballsy, bombastic, and brilliant touch. As each song comes on, it's as if you've found a Golden Ticket over and over again. It's that wild and wonderful.

    Whether it's the spacey hum of "Cheer Up Charlie" punctuated by the trio's impressive chops or the haunting interpretation of "I Want It Now", each moment comes to life as vividly as the original 1971 film. Les Claypool channels Gene Wilder's spirit, while preserving his own bass virtuoso and musical magician panache on the likes of "Semi-Wondrous Boat Ride" and "Farewell Wonkites". Meanwhile, Tim Alexander continues to make his drums sing as Larry LaLonde's impeccable fretwork fuses everything together into saccharine psychedelica.

    This may very well be Primus's sweetest affair to date. It's as filling as it is fulfilling. You're never going to want to leave their own Chocolate Factory.

    Rick Florino
    10.21.14


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