Melvins Lite equals the Big Business rhythm section paused so that Buzz and Dale can do an album with Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Fantomas!). While it is noted that Mr. Dunn is an accomplished bassist for rock and jazz; it is un-mentioned that he will be utilizing every similar instrument on this album. The cello and standup bass, among others, are manipulated and molested to emit frantic pleas all across this album.
“Mr. Rip Off” kicks off the album like David Lynch whispering in Dylan Carson’s ear. “Baby, Won’t Your Weird Me Out?” is a rocking riff, big on volume and ambition. We get traditional (can that word ever be used?) Melvins here with thick riff monsters, “A Growing Disgust” (slower) and “Leon vs The Revolution” (upbeat). There is a noise insert with “Inner Ear Rupture” where Trevor must have had a blast. “Let Me Roll It” and the title track, “Freak Puke” are classic Melvins with the sparse but heavy, rollicking ditties. “Holy Barbarian” and “Worm Farm Waltz” are more of that discordant tumbleweed odes; very enjoyable. The Album ends with “Tommy Goes Beserk”, which is a 7 minute descent into cinder. Solid addition to ever morphing organism known as Melvins.