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Still Stuck in Your Throat (Discograph)

In the '80s, Fishbone's fusion of punk, ska, funk, and metal presaged at least three movements: the punk-funk of the Chili Peppers and Primus, the American ska revival of the mid-'90s, and rap-metal. Yet Fishbone has never recovered from the pair of mediocre albums it dropped following 1991's The Reality of My Surroundings, the band's commercial breakthrough.

In the last decade, the group has released two more studio albums: 2000's The Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx, a star-studded event that sounded just fine, and now this more tepid follow-up. Too mellow and lacking memorable tracks, this 12-track set is padded with an already released cover of Sublime's "Date Rape" and the previously recorded "Skank 'n Go Nuttz." If somewhat uninspired -- other than the energetic "The Devil Made Me Do It" and the dub-metal nuttiness of "Let Dem 'Ho's Fight" -- Still Stuck in Your Throat is not an embarrassment and will probably be better appreciated by the 'Bone's dedicated cult of fans.

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