Chocolate and Cheese
Chocolate and Cheese is the first Ween album with professional recording standards – their previous albums are basically home-recorded, but this sounds like the work of a full band in a proper studio, even though Gene and Dean Ween still play most of the instruments. It’s still laced with immature humour, with songs like ‘Mister, Would You Please Help My Pony’, more of a bratty humour than the sophisticated genre parodies that fill their later albums.
Chocolate and Cheese is full of good songs, but few great ones – the kiss-off of ‘Baby Bitch’ and the Caribbean groove of ‘Voodoo Lady’ come closest. Yet it’s more than the sum of its parts, careening through a myriad of styles; Chocolate and Cheese is dazzlingly eclectic, throwing in everything from Philly Soul (‘Freedom of ’76’), a Mexican/western shaggy dog story (‘Buenas Tardes Amigo’), indulgent guitar soloing (‘A Tear For Eddie’), twee pop (‘Roses Are Free’), and closing advice (‘Don’t Shit Where You Eat’).
While Ween didn’t quite peak here, Chocolate and Cheese is still a terrifically entertaining record, and if you’re a fan you’re going to need to hear this sooner or later.