Album of the Day
Bay-area group Mr. Bungle took eclecticism to new heights, mixing a dizzying variety of styles on their records, and CALIFORNIA is no exception. The Warner Bros. collection includes more vintage popular musics in its mix of styles, and a stronger emphasis on melody, harmony and orchestration, making this perhaps the band's most accessible release. Which doesn't mean you'll hear “Sweet Charity,” “The Air-Conditioned Nightmare” or “Pink Cigarette” on the radio any time soon - Mike Patton and company have an experimental streak a mile wide. The weird and wonderful CALIFORNIA proved to be Mr. Bungle's final studio album; released 20 years ago this month, it's still way ahead of its time.