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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Ever since they released their lo-fi masterpiece GODWEENSATAN: THE ONENESS, Gene and Dean Ween a.k.a. Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman have continually bastardized a variety of musical genres while concocting the kind of lyrics that would make Beavis and Butt-head blush. On WHITE PEPPER, Ween go for the jugular of commercial credibility with a musically straightforward approach that quickly turns into a game of spot the influence. Among the more radio-friendly moments is the sweet, ELP-flavored acoustic ballad "She's Your Baby" and "Even If You Don't," a power-pop stomper that fuses together strains of Queen, Ben Folds Five, and Devo. Ween's impressive range ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Ever since they released their lo-fi masterpiece GODWEENSATAN: THE ONENESS, Gene and Dean Ween a.k.a. Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman have continually bastardized a variety of musical genres while concocting the kind of lyrics that would make Beavis and Butt-head blush. On WHITE PEPPER, Ween go for the jugular of commercial credibility with a musically straightforward approach that quickly turns into a game of spot the influence. Among the more radio-friendly moments is the sweet, ELP-flavored acoustic ballad "She's Your Baby" and "Even If You Don't," a power-pop stomper that fuses together strains of Queen, Ben Folds Five, and Devo. Ween's impressive range finds them dabbling in both prog-rock the mellotron soaked "Back to Bosom," reminiscent of MEDDLE-era Pink Floyd and soft rock the tropical-flavored "Bananas and Blow," which suggests Jimmy Buffett on a drug bender. Effortlessly changing gears, the New Hope, PA, natives also bounce from irresistible sitar-soaked psychedelia "Flutes of Chi" to crunching metal that sounds like Kiss on crystal meth "Stroker Ace". The brothers Ween even include the honky-tonk twang of "Falling Out," which could be an outtake from their 1996 country music experiment 12 GOLDEN COUNTRY GREATS.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
White Pepper is Ween's most accessible album to date, lacking their trademark flights of fancy and exuberant bizarreness. By any other standard, White Pepper is a weird, wild ride. Let's face it -- no other band would even think of recording tracks as diverse as the Brit-pop-styled "Even If You Don't," the Jimmy Buffett parody "Bananas and Blow," a slamming hardcore punk song named after a Burt Reynolds flick "Stroker Ace", a tape-warped baroque instrumental called "Ice Castles," and the psych-prog-tinged soft-rock epic "Back to Basom," let alone sequencing all of them in a row. To neophytes, such whiplash shifts in mood may seem alienating or intriguing, depending on their taste, but to any hardcore fan, it's not surprising and it might not even seem as funny as before. But, if you're listening to Ween just to chuckle, you're missing the point anyway, since they're not just consummate satirists -- check out the wonderful "Pandy Fackler," which mimics Steely Dan's lush jazz-pop, down to Gene's deadly Donald Fagen imitation -- they're consummate songwriters and musicians. Ween's music rewards multiple plays and White Pepper is ample proof. It may not be bracing, nor is it gonzo, yet it's a tight album filled with more pop gems than most bands can hope to achieve in their career. If that seems like hyperbole, especially for a duo that still indulges in silly dirty jokes, it's not. Yes, they may push the boundaries of good taste, but the music is always convincing, from the trippy "Exactly Where I'm At" and "Flutes of Chi" to the minor-key country stomper "Falling Out" and reflective ballad "She's Your Baby." If White Pepper isn't as crazy, funny, or sprawling as their previous albums, so be it -- it's more satisfying than most records.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/2000
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596244947
  • Catalog Number: 62449

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Exactly Where I'm At (4:31)
  2. 2 Flutes of Chi (3:30)
  3. 3 Even If You Don't (3:25)
  4. 4 Bananas and Blow (3:34)
  5. 5 Stroker Ace (2:08)
  6. 6 Ice Castles (2:05)
  7. 7 Back to Basom (3:46)
  8. 8 The Grobe (3:32)
  9. 9 Pandy Fackler (3:57)
  10. 10 Stay Forever (3:32)
  11. 11 Falling Out (2:28)
  12. 12 She's Your Baby (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ween Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Dave Dreiwitz Bass
Claude Coleman Drums
Dean Ween Guitar, Vocals
Gene Ween Guitar, Vocals
Glen McClelland Keyboards
Technical Credits
Ween Composer, Producer
Vaneese Thomas Contributor
Stuart Basore Contributor
Kirk Miller Live Sound Engineer
Phil Painson Engineer
Christopher Shaw Producer, Engineer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Jane Scarpantoni Contributor
Russell Simins Contributor
Danny Madorsky Engineer
Greg Frey Contributor
Gregory Burke Art Direction
Damien Shannon Engineer
Chris Shaw Producer, Engineer
Pat Frey Arranger
Mark McDonald Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best Ween album yet

    I know I'll probably piss some people off by saying that, but I don't care. This is a brilliant album. When I first got it a couple years back I remember putting it on and being shocked at the lack of vulgarity and humour, so I quickly dismissed it and shelved it away. Well, I've finally picked it back up, and I'm so glad I did. Once you get pass the fact that they've dropped most of their trademark style for this release, what you have here is an excellent album. Ween has always been good at genre-hopping, but on this album they've got it down packed. Every song is different from the next, and each has its own wonderful uniqueness, not to mention each is great. You've got your trippy prog songs ("Back To Basom", "Exactly Where I'm At"), psychedelia ("Flutes Of Chi"), hard rock ("Stroker Ace", "The Grobe"), tropicalia ("Bananas And Blow"), pop-perfection ("Even If You Don't", "Stay Forever"), creepy instrumentals ("Ice Castles"), country ("Falling Out"), orchestrated love songs ("She's Your Baby"), and a loungey tune about a retarded girl who likes to give head ("Pandy Fackler") to boot. It's all here. Ween haven't abandoned their sense of humour, they've just become more focused. As it's always been, under the jokes and offensiveness, there were great songs, and now it's all gravy. I highly recommend "White Pepper". This is their most mature, most likable, and in my opinion, best album yet, and I highly anticipate what they've got in store for us next. Peace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ween Rock At All Possible Times, Oh Yes My Friends

    This is a great ween album, hands down. they stay true to...erm...well, whatever it is they normally stay true to, which is normally nothing and everything all at once. this latest ween effort is a perfect example of the boyz in their prime form of musicianship and maddness, all tightly rolled up into one yummy chesseball. long live ween.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ween Fan: White Pepper Review

    White Pepper is a good album, but it leaves something to be desired for long time Ween fans. It's probably their most tame album to date (most of the songs have a groove similar to old classics such as Deener) and it's surely the least vulgar of their lot. Also, the songs on White Pepper flow together more smoothly than on previous albums. As a result, fans miss out on the random juxtaposition of sounds that have come to define Ween over the years. Overall, White Pepper is a little boring and I would recommend giving it a listen before picking it up.

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