Ween
Chocolate and Cheese


4.5
superb

Review

by Bill Thomas USER (15 Reviews)
December 14th, 2010 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I can't even imagine chocolate and cheese tasting good together. Maybe my unhatched fish will eat it.



This is where it all starts, hide your soul, Boognish comes. In fact hide your Jazz, RnB, latin crunch rock (a term I am now coining.), pop-rock, country, and even jamaican folk. HIDE EVERYTHING.

On their first four albums, Ween already have shown that they do not really like sticking to one genre of music, it's boring, and that kind of shows on their later albums, The Mollusk-Quebec. But I will get to those albums in time, for now, I'm gonna make some nachos.

Alot of people argue that Ween is just a comedy band, taking genres from all over the place, and just satiring them. This isn't what is happening. On their previous endeavors, that argument could be made, as alot of the production was half-assed, and the songs being ridiculously simple and childish. No, these guys just love music, and have a sense of humor. There is a large difference from being a comedy band and a band with a sense of humor, (Take, for instance, the difference between Weird Al and Frank Zappa), Sure, they are still using a drum machine, but it adds to most of the songs rather than taking away. On "Tear for Eddie" it does a perfect job at just keeping rhythm throughout the song, without even changing what it's doing. It drives the listener into the beautiful guitar, much like a baby strapped to the front of a semi, driven by a terrorist around a homeless shelter. You get the idea.

Only three out of the sixteen songs are "comedy" songs, in contrast to their first few albums, where the comedy took up a majority of the workings. And not at all surprising to my sombrero, they are the weakest tracks on the album. "Candi" sounds like a half-assed Pod track. All he's doing is repeating the same lines about candy, with the same stupid-sounding drum line repeating on and on and on and on. "The HIV Song" is just an alternation every 9 measures of saying "H.I.V." or "AIDS", fortunately, the background music doesn't make me want to go kill a hobo, it's fun, and catchy, I find myself whisteling it after every time I listen to the song. The best of these comedic ***holes, is actually not a ***hole at all! It's a hole! You can put your pancreas in there! "Mister, Would You Please Help My Pony" shows the kind of Folk-Prog that they will go on to use on "the Mollusk" almost exclusively. It's also the only novelty track here that isn't as repetive as the solo in "I Wanna Be Sedated".

There isn't really any word that I can use to describe this album as a whole, it's way too varied. But they are American, so maybe they're just making a musical Melting Pot. Or maybe they're just melting Pot, and forgetting what genre they want to be. That's how you use Pot right?



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Irving
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2010


7314 Comments


Review totally confused me (needs a bit more background, mayhaps). But the last paragraph is quite a win, so pos. LOL.

FyodorDostoevsky
December 14th 2010


412 Comments


love me some Ween

omnipanzer
December 14th 2010


21626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Review totally confused me (needs a bit more background, mayhaps). But the last paragraph is quite a win, so pos. [2]

Love this album!!!!

Digging: We Were Promised Jetpacks - Unravelling

omnipanzer
December 14th 2010


21626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes I lifted the entire sentiment from Irving ;^)

WatchItExplode
December 14th 2010


3275 Comments


This is the first really good Ween album...subpar Bill Thomas review but still made me smile : D

Digging: Giant Squid - Minoans

astrel
December 14th 2010


2614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ween rule. Summary makes me sad because I am allergic to both chocolate and cheese.

Digging: Jessie Ware - Tough Love

FyodorDostoevsky
December 14th 2010


412 Comments


what a sad, horrible life you must have without cheese and chocolate

astrel
December 14th 2010


2614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I have read a paper relating Crime and Punishment to Sigmund Freud's psychoanalysis, therefore I feel more sorry for you Fyodor.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2010


7314 Comments


@ Omnipanzer: I saw what you did there. Isn't this like the second time you've done it?

I WANT ROYALTIES DAMMIT.

Haha!

FyodorDostoevsky
December 14th 2010


412 Comments


"I can't even imagine chocolate and cheese tasting good together."

chocolate cheesecake fool

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
December 14th 2010


23923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ween is so awesome, this is really the only album of theirs i've heard but i saw them live this year and they were so fun

Digging: RATKING - So It Goes

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
December 14th 2010


23923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"I can't even imagine chocolate and cheese tasting good together."

chocolate cheesecake fool


1232 chocolate cheesecake is da bomb



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