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The album itself is a mixture of heavy guitars, an incredibly distinctive drum sound, a tight, funky bass and tinny vocals by the front man. While riffing heavy guitars became palatable again with the work of Let's Active a few years earlier, and 60's funky drumming was evident in both The Charlatans and the S. Roses, Stephen Perkins hard snare funk style and Dave Navarro's sonic attack became the band's signature sound. This mixture simply wouldn't have worked in mainstream America five years earlier. But the groundwork was laid as both "Jane Says" and "Mountain Song" became MTV staples. These two songs are about as dissimilar as can be, but within the integration of so many musical styles in this album, they work beautifully. Speaking of beautiiful songs, "Summertime Rolls" stands out, as does the drums "n" brass heavy "Had a Dad" for being playful. The best song, of course, is the epic "Ted, Just Admit It". Inspired by the media's infatuation with literate mass murderers, sex and violence, it contains 1988's wittiest lyric "and just like the show before now the new is just another show, with sex and violence, sex is violent".
Not just because it is good music, but because its impact, this album rates 5 out of 5.
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