Thursday, August 21, 2008

TVD's Daily Wax | Ween "Chocolate And Cheese"

Trouser Press opines, "Striking a sublime balance between sick invention and weirdly credible presentation, Ween unloads more cool and characteristic material here than on all three previous albums together. In fact, while there are certainly points contiguous to the earlier records, the duo sounds reborn, and this album is consistently brilliant. The super-creepy "Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down)" and "Mister, Would You Please Help My Pony?" are as disturbing as anything in the Residents gallery; the creamy masterwork "Freedom of '76" could seriously pass for that era's Philly soul (in fact, the falsetto song is a literal tribute to the city). Elsewhere, "Baby Bitch" Weensterizes the folk-rock sound of Gordon Lightfoot or Crosby, Stills and Nash; "Drifter in the Dark" is a harmony cowboy classic; "Voodoo Lady" deconstructs disco; "I Can't Put My Finger on It," sung, like the tragic ballad "Buenas Tardes Amigo," in a Mexican accent, loads on the distortion and squiggly bits and contains what has come to be a Ween catchphrase: "Are you surprised when I touch the dwarf inside?""

But c'mon. Really? It's all about the cover, right?

Ween - Baby Bitch (Mp3)
Ween - Freedom Of '76 (Mp3)
Ween - I Can't Put My Finger On It (Mp3)
Ween - Joppa Road (Mp3)
Ween - Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down) (Mp3)