ARTIST: Mike Patton and Jean-Claude Vannier
TITLE: Corpse Flower
LABEL: Liberator Music / Ipecac Recordings (Out September 13th 2019)
REVIEWED BY: Rod Strachan
Mike Patton’s musical journey has come a long way during the now thirty plus years he has been
recording music. His eclectic ability continues widen with this new release. Add into the mix world renowned musician and composer Jean-Claude Vannier and your perception takes on a whole new meaning.
“Ballad C.3.3” echoes into the number 1 track listing with a steady tempo. Mike’s spoken words
covering the ascensions littered eloquently during the track before it’s epic finale. “Camion” is
possibly the closest to mainstream as the album gets. “Chansons D’amour” follows and has
already seen live air play at a series of concerts during 2018. With sounds of a piano driven lounge track type feel that would not be out of place on a French movie soundtrack!
The album takes a shift to the left with “Cold Sun Warn Beer”. Skilfully written lyrics build to a
bridge of no return in the perfect cliff falling finale. “Browning” is a weird and brilliant look at the life of being a gun. Simple chorus lyrics make this an instant hit for the masses and it has been
released as a single with that in mind. “Hungry Ghost” is the ideal complimentary song to follow.
Although vastly different lyrically they sit ideally together on this album.
Title track “Corpse Flower” hits all the right notes. The mid track tempo change up is a highlight in another beautifully crafted track. Mike’s vocal versatility comes to the fore with “Insolubles”. His ability to deliver a crooner intro into a French type folk song is second to none. “On Top Of The World” is as close to Faith No More as you will get here. But that is not even close as this laid back track breaks into several high tempo almost fist pumping choruses with some extremely colourful lyrics!
“Yard Bull” is the mellow and chilled out song that the album needed delivered right on queue. “A Schoolgirls Day” is the most intriguing track on the album. The spoken word lyrics are almost
documentary telling as the girl’s day is time stamped right up until the end…The end is something climatic and will have fans scurrying to their computer to discuss on forum boards. “Pink & Bleue” has all the hallmarks of a Patton classic to close the album. With the addition of Vennier’s composition signatures this song closes the album in perfect style.
All in all this is an amazing album delivered by two of the most gifted artist’s we have in the music world today. Don’t we all love something slightly weird and unique? Then this is the album for you!