ALBUM REVIEW: The Claypool Lennon Delirium Trips Hard on ‘South of Reality’

Side effects may include lyrical analysis paralysis, a synesthesia smells, and a burning desire to get high

South of Reality is the second full-length by The Claypool Lennon Delirium, the joint force of Primus leader Les Claypool and Beatle progeny Sean Lennon. This album could not be more aptly titled, as it explores the edges of rock, where psychedelia and twisted lyrics toe the line between generally enjoyable music and a realm of weird that most can’t stand.

Claypool’s legendary bass tones and riffs are a driving force on the album. I even caught myself bopping my head to “Easily Charmed By Fools” and the post-intro riff on “Little Fishes.” Lennon’s vocals remind us of his legendary father, but his partnership with Claypool proves he’s still carving out his own path, one far less travelled. When they are at their best, you get the album’s title track, where the duo’s most potent qualities are distilled into a tight, three and a half minute jam.

Beyond moments like these though, I can’t say CLD is good for you outside of micro dosing. Side effects include lyrical analysis paralysis, a synesthesia that may distort your sense of smell, and a burning desire to get high. South of Reality is a definite trip, but it’s one I can’t imagine many would take on a regular basis.

Score: 🧭🧭🧭/5

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