When you open the booklet to Ween's "White Pepper," you discover that underneath the simple cover graphic and blank white panels is a riot of color made by a photo of an endless pile of vibrant bell peppers. Folks, this is no co-incidence. What is contained on this disk is a riot of vibrant musical styles, textures, and lyrics with real meaning.
First off, if "Flutes of Chi" doesn't get stuck in your head for a while, you may be melody impaired. The driving rhythm ( Hey- is that the ever-tricky 6/4 time I hear?), fluid bass line and bright percussion is frosted with touches of sitar-like effects and tight vocal harmonies. This one is deeply Karmic, campers and camperettes. "Even if You Don't" is brightly beatle-esque, and has as much pop sensibility as anything Sir Paul has churned out since he first toured with Hamish Stewart. "Bananas and Blow" may make Parrot-heads feel all warm and fuzzy, especially with the classic steel drums and background vocals.
Ween shifts effortlessly between styles, hopping into "Stroker Ace" with the zeal of RHCP, and then comfortably drifting into the "Back To Basom," a tune that drips soaring 70's synthesizer elements worthy of Pete Townsend and ELO. "Stay Forever" is elegant and simple, with Nashville accents and great harmonies. It's such a great creation, if you are in love when you hear it, you'll probably keep playing it until people around you are ready to deport you to Jalalabad in a locked trunk.
With only a few minor exceptions, (I'd really rate this one 4.5 on the scale,) this shows the scope of Ween's talents. You can bite into this pepper with the same zeal as Chairman Kaga takes to his favorite yellow veggies.