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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.
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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anyway onto the album, for a longtime "the mollusk" and "chocolate & cheese" have sat as my favourite ween offerings, the multiple genres and different vibes really suit my tastes as i sometimes have a bit of a short attention span musically and i like artists to mix things up on their albums... that being said, after a coule of months of absorbing 'White Pepper' i think it may well have taken place as my favourite ween album.
White Pepper is a much more straight ahead ween album, a lushly orchestrated pop album that does almost feel like the beatles brewed through a ween filter. some highlights for me:
* "even if you don't" a bouncy piano backed pop track... musically kind of retro but lyrically, very much of now
* "flutes of the chi" psychedelic aural feast, a ridiculously gorgeous melody
* "stroker ace" most ween albums seem to feature at least one heavy rock song and WP is no exception, stroker ace will get your blood pumping!
* "Falling out" like the token rock song, most ween albums contain at least one country track, and this is it. another really strong song with memorable melody.
* "she's your baby" great way to finish the album, a folky acoustic track that, to me brings the beatles' "you've got to hide your love away" to mind.
the other songs are all good too from the steel drummed "bananas and blow to the beautiful "stay together"
if you like gorgeous catchy pop melodies and don't mind that this is quite a "normal" sounding ween album (compared to say "pure guava" or "the pod") then give it a listen!
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.Read more ›
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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This, sir, is no PURE GUAVA... 'Pure Genius.' Like the string of thier last 3 albums (Chocolate and Cheese, 12 Country... Read morePublished on May 6 2004 by derty dee
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 morePublished on April 11 2004
One more testament
to the band's tremendous range,
the first three tracks shine.
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 morePublished on July 28 2003 by B. Deal
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
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 morePublished on April 2 2003 by Roy Pearl
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 ,... Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2001 by Sean
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 morePublished on Aug. 21 2001 by brad caffeine
If you place a stick of butter and a fork in the microwave oven, the butter will still melt as the fork sparks. Read morePublished on July 11 2001