By Chuck Eddy
Updated June 09, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

The funk-fusion headaches Primus specializes in come off as stiff and stilted compared with the Tales From the Punchbowl‘s catchiest song, ”De Anza Jig,” a square dance about half-remembered girlfriends. Hearing Les Claypool thwap oppressive bass lines while rapping like a congested auctioneer isn’t nearly as entertaining as watching this trio fish for bass on MTV. B

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