Prime Candidate for Burnout truly set the mark for Blenderhead, as its abrasive, discordant style made the listener feel similar to the man on the cover. Later works would display the band's ability to use hooks and melodies, but Prime Candidate for Burnout signified an album of angst and depression with bitter insights into life and the world at large. With songs focusing on the homeless problem, addiction to television, spousal abuse, and existentialism, as well as singer Bill Power's personal storytelling of some low points in his life, this album runs the whole lyrical gamut. The layout and artwork is stellar, and sound clips inserted throughout the album provide for necessary comic relief. While the recording has some room for improvement, the creativity with certain guitar and drum parts more than make up for it. An overall general feeling of poignant aggressiveness pours from the speakers and signifies an album that is both urgent and thoughtful.
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AllMusic Review by Kurt Morris