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White Pepper [Explicit Lyrics]

Ween Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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7. Back To Basom
8. The Grobe
9. Pandy Fackler
10. Stay Forever
11. Falling Out
12. She's Your Baby

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When Ween released their debut, God Ween Satan, in 1990, the question on most listeners' minds was "Are they serious?" Ten years later, White Pepper has folks asking "Are they joking?" No, as evidenced by the straightforward pop that makes up their eighth studio effort. This isn't a sellout, but a continuation of the sound explored on their previous release, The Mollusk. Songs like "Even If You Don't" and "Back to Basom" are respective nods to their McCartney and Lennon joneses, and even more stunningly, the brothers Ween bust out their most irony-free love song yet, "Stay Forever." The boys haven't completely abandoned the silly--the Caribbean-flavored "Bananas and Blow" and the Steely Dan-influenced "Pandy Fackler" are good for giggles--but the "more pop, less poop" rule remains in effect, leaving room for majestic tastiness like "Flutes of Chi" and "The Grobe." All in all, a fantastic salute to rock & roll. --Jason Josephes

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Originally released in 2000, White Pepper, is one of the Pennsylvania duo's finest recordings. Gene and Dean Ween are outsider pop geniuses in the greatest sense of the term, brilliant musicians with a firm grasp on just about every popular genre in the last 50 years (brit-pop, prog, country, soul, new wave, and beyond) and a quirk streak a mile wide. Another Ween classic reissued on 180 gram vinyl from Plain Recordings.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Homage To One and All Dec 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
It is no secret that most, if not all, of Ween's albums are not a mere collection of songs but rather what is termed "concept albums," anthologies of music that have a continuous theme that solidifies the album, bringing a greater scope and range to a collective whole (verses a mere mismatch of mu-zak played alongside one another for a limited time). This said, Ween's White Pepper, by title alone, hints at the band's attempt at simultaneously saluting while, par for the band, satirizing previous ideas, themes, concepts, and heralded forerunners of the medium. As such, Ween has taken upon itself to render its rendition of the Beatles's White Album alongside Sgt. Peppers.
Before even listening to the work, the liner notes initiate Ween is on a mission: one side of the sleeve is completely white (with the exception of the "white pepper," whose representation echoes Edward Weston's "Pepper, No. 30") while exploding with a cornucopia of red, green, and yellow peppers on the reverse side. Thus, we have the "white" side and the (sgt.) "pepper" side. The album itself sustains this in that, as with the British greats, it proceeds to cover most every genre of music without lapsing from the group's trademark sound.
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4.0 out of 5 stars White Pepper is Mighty Tasty June 11 2002
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like The Dancer Who Has Lost Her Leg Oct. 10 2001
By Sean
Format:Audio CD
I'll admit that I'd never heard these guys and expected them to be similar to Weezer or The Presidents of the United States (or whatever they're called), y'know , "quirky" American college music. But instead of lo-fi Sebadoh shennanigans, I was pleasantly surprized to find Pixies/Frank Black style rock with a nice production sheen. Sometimes over produced, but in a purposeful '80s tribute kind of a way.
The only reason why I picked this album up was because I'd read an interview with eccentric UK electronica deviant Aphex Twin citing Ween as an influence. For those of you who've never heard of Aphex Twin, he's been hailed as a modern day Mozart, drives a tank and lives in a bank vault. His albums are consistantly perversely weird (check 'Milkman' on his Richard D. James album), but are generally ahead of their time style-wise. Any Yank alt-rockers who could fuel this guys imagination need to be tracked down, I thought.
Standard rock abounds on White Pepper, but it's all nice and tuneful. Tracks like 'Flutes of the Chi' , 'Even if You Don't' and the spacey Beatles organned, Led Zep riffing, Pink Floyd echoing 'Back to Bason' are all tip-top rock songs. Humour is provided by 'Bananas & Blow' and the nod to Steely Dan, 'Pandy Fackler'.
Because of this album, I might dip into their back catalogue to see if this standard of quality was constant.
Oh, and for Ween-heads reading this, risk a few dollars on an Aphex Twin album (read the reviews on Amazon first) for a alternate reality of Ween's oddness. The 'Richard D. James' album might be a good place to sample first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the sweetest pepper
This album (and several of the later era ween releases) have received less than favourable reviews from a lot of 'oldschool' fans, and that's fine; each unto their own. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2010 by Puppet Fight
5.0 out of 5 stars Mature songwriting lyrics of adolescent wit...
This, sir, is no PURE GUAVA... 'Pure Genius.' Like the string of thier last 3 albums (Chocolate and Cheese, 12 Country... Read more
Published on May 6 2004 by derty dee
3.0 out of 5 stars a disappointing release from the best band on the planet.
exactly where i'm at, awful song. just plain painful. fluits of chi, even if you don't and bananas and blow are all amazing. stroker ace and ice castles on the other hand are not. Read more
Published on April 11 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A Review Haiku by Todd Marrone
One more testament
to the band's tremendous range,
the first three tracks shine.
Published on Dec 20 2003 by Todd Marrone
5.0 out of 5 stars Quit yer bit**in'
This is a great album despite what some folks would have you believe. Ok it sounds a lot more accessible than previous efforts but who says that has to be a bad thing. Read more
Published on July 28 2003 by B. Deal
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Another great album by my favorite band. I love their directional changes, you can always count on something new from these guys.
Published on June 11 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars A distinct indication of - (sit down for this) - maturity
Even though we get the expected genre-hopping, albeit with a slightly lesser dependence than usual on sophomoric humour, "White Pepper" may be the first recording on... Read more
Published on April 2 2003 by Roy Pearl
5.0 out of 5 stars Sgt. Deaner's lonely hearts club band...
When Ween announced they would be releasing an album of rather straight up country songs, we thought they were pulling a prank on us. Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2001 by brad caffeine
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine and tasty!
If you place a stick of butter and a fork in the microwave oven, the butter will still melt as the fork sparks. Read more
Published on July 11 2001 by "hurdy"
4.0 out of 5 stars What a great album!
This album rocks! I had heard Ween, but never an entire album of their work. This album was a great introduction to their unique music, their music being extremely catchy, clever,... Read more
Published on June 14 2001 by "vacummslayer"
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