Sustained melodies, entrancing rythms, and other elements of primal music are overshadowed by randomness (IMHO charitably referred to as 'improvisation'). The first album and live concert were rollicking good fun and easy to digest; at the same time the music exercised the imagination, as did the visuals with the masked band members. It is very difficult for a fan to be weaned on the first album, and then be expected to enjoy this album. Most disappointing was their supporting live show. Mike Patton had 3 different microphones (yellow, blue & red), each connected to a different mix of sound processing equipment. He hunched over his mixer for most of the show, belting out his noise of the moment. The set list featured songs from this album exclusively. Midway through the set a fan shouted a plea which was obviously shared by the rest of the audience: "Play a SONG!!". The 'genius' may still exist, however much of the 'fun' seems to be gone.
We are pigeonholed into rating everything that can be sold from 0 to 5 stars. If this album were rated on originality, adventurousness and shock-value, then I could at least understand a 5 star review. But as a collection of sounds which I buy to enjoy through repeated listenings, I feel 2 stars is high praise. To each his own.