Album Review: Fishbone "Give a Monkey a Brain and He'll Swear He's the Center of the Universe"

Los Angeles' Fishbone are one of the wildest, most energetic bands I've ever seen live. A shame then that their sprawling array of musical styles (covering anything from hip-hop, ska, reggae, and soul, through to metal) doesn't quite translate in the studio.

My main gripe with this album is that it lacks any real coherence, with the song structures going awry on frustrating tangents.

There's also too much going on in the songs, resulting in the whole picture being cluttered up. Despite that, the positive message and subliminal melody of Black Flowers and the twisted funk of Lemon Meringue do them justice. But, on the whole, this is a disappointment.  GRADE C

Mark Liddell

Riff Raff
July, 1993
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