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Chocolate and Cheese
     

Chocolate and Cheese

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by Ween
 

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A brilliant fusion of pop and gonzo humor, 1994's Chocolate and Cheese is arguably Ween's finest moment. Building on Pure Guava's more focused approach, the album proved for once and all that along with their twisted sense of humor and wide musical vocabulary, Dean and Gene are also impressive songwriters. Over the course of

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A brilliant fusion of pop and gonzo humor, 1994's Chocolate and Cheese is arguably Ween's finest moment. Building on Pure Guava's more focused approach, the album proved for once and all that along with their twisted sense of humor and wide musical vocabulary, Dean and Gene are also impressive songwriters. Over the course of Chocolate and Cheese, Ween explore virtually every permutation of pop, rock, soul, and funk, from the opening song "Take Me Away"'s rootsy rock to "Roses Are Free"'s homage to Prince's shiny Paisley Park era. On the dreamy, British psych-inspired "What Deaner Was Talking About," the Afro-Caribbean funk of "Voodoo Lady," and "Freedom of '76," their funny, sexy tribute to '70s Philly soul, Ween don't so much parody these styles as reinvent them. Indeed, "Drifter in the Dark"'s surprisingly traditional country and "Joppa Road"'s spot-on soft rock foreshadow 12 Golden Country Greats and White Pepper, respectively. Despite Chocolate and Cheese's polish and prowess, Ween prove they're still proudly politically incorrect with "Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down)" and "Mister Would You Please Help My Pony?" two of the creepiest songs about childhood ever recorded. "The HIV Song" revels in its questionable taste and "Don't Shit Where You Eat"'s laid-back pop is one of the album's subtler jokes. Old-school Ween weirdness surfaces on "Candi" (the shouting in the background was recorded from the trunk of Dean Ween's car) and the crazed stomp of "I Can't Put My Finger on It." "Buenas Tardes Amigo," an epic, spaghetti Western-inspired tale of murder and revenge, and "Baby Bitch," a wry but stinging retort to an ex-girlfriend, show how good Ween are at taking silly things seriously and serious things lightly. That's exactly what makes Chocolate and Cheese such a fun, exciting album.

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Release Date:
09/27/1994
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596163927
catalogNumber:
61639
Rank:
27422

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Chocolate and Cheese 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In short,Chocolate and Cheese is as incredible as Ween is. This album has everything a listener could want: songs to boogie-ooogie ooogie to (Voodoo Lady), songs to chill to (Freedom of 76 and Joppa Road), songs to blast when you are cruising with your friends (I Can't Put My Finger on It), songs to laugh with ( Buenos Tardes Amigo), and songs to stir up one's emotional side (What Deaner Was Talkin About). All in all well-rounded enjoyable album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OK 1st off Ween= pure genius. Been listening to em since I was like 10 (no joke --big sis got me into em with pure guava) so I’ll try to keep the gushing to a minimum. In short, this is one of my all time favourite records –it’s right up there with Raw Power and Velvet Underground (which for me is tops). These guys deserve all the props they can get their dirty little digits on--so believe all you've heard about them (the good stuff anyway). Their lyrical skill is well hard to describe really let me do them no injustice and just say they sure do write purty. Their music itself is even harder to describe, but let’s give it a whirl how about: their music is like visiting your schizophrenic grandpappy –while he’s on crack and giving away his lifetime supply of cherry popsicles. Yeah that works. If you’re thinking about buying this record, take my advice bite the bullet pay the $15 or whatever–it’s a deal it’s a steal it’s sale of the F’ing century. I just wish they’d play more shows in their hometown.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago