White Pepper

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White Pepper
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Studio album by Ween
Released May 2, 2000
Recorded 1999-2000
Genre Alternative rock, psychedelic rock
Length 39:35 (Regular version)
41:56 (Japanese version)
Label Elektra
Producer Christopher Shaw, Ween
Ween chronology
Craters of the Sac
(1999)Craters of the Sac1999
White Pepper
(2000)
Live in Toronto Canada
(2001)Live in Toronto Canada2001
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 66/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Chicago Sun-Times 3/4 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
Melody Maker 3.5/5 stars[6]
NME 5/10[7]
Pitchfork Media 8.0/10[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[10]
Uncut 4/5 stars[11]

White Pepper is Ween's seventh full-length album, and the last album they would release on Elektra Records. It was released on May 2, 2000.

White Pepper is one of Ween's most polished albums. Songs such as "Even If You Don't" feature powerful, radio-friendly production and musicianship. Ween's bizarre sense of humour is still intact (such as on the Steely Dan send-up "Pandy Fackler") and their hard rock roots still show as seen on "Stroker Ace" and "The Grobe", but for the most part, Ween play the album much more subdued than usual, using pop (especially Beatles-based pop) and AM radio staples for its inspiration. The title is said to be a tip of the hat to The Beatles, combining Sgt. Pepper's and The White Album into one name, and the cover to Edward Weston's Pepper No. 30.[8]

The band helped promote the album by performing "Exactly Where I'm At" on the Late Show with David Letterman. The track "Even If You Don't" was made into a music video and directed by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame. According to Dean Ween (Mickey Melchiondo), he and Gene Ween (Aaron Freeman) are good friends of Parker and Stone, and Freeman has even referred to them (Parker and Stone) as kindred spirits.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ween. Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./Ver Music/Browndog Music, BMI.

No. Title Length
1. "Exactly Where I'm At" 4:31
2. "Flutes of Chi" 3:30
3. "Even If You Don't" 3:25
4. "Bananas and Blow" 3:34
5. "Stroker Ace" 2:08
6. "Ice Castles" 2:05
7. "Back to Basom" 3:46
8. "The Grobe" 3:32
9. "Pandy Fackler" 3:57
10. "Stay Forever" 3:32
11. "Falling Out" 2:28
12. "She's Your Baby" 3:00
Total length: 39:35

Singles[edit]

  • "Even If You Don't" was released as a single on Mushroom Records with the B-side "Cornbread Red".
  • "Stay Forever" was released as a single on Mushroom Records with "The Grobe" and "Who Dat?". "Who Dat?" was also included in the Japanese version of the album.[13]
  • "Pandy Fackler" refers to one of the demo tapes used in the recording of The Pod.

Musicians featured on the record[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Chris Shaw - Producer, Engineer, Mixer
  • Danny Madorsky - Assistant Engineer
  • Phil Painson - Assistant Engineer
  • Damian Shannon - Assistant Engineer
  • Kirk Miller - Live Sound Engineer
  • Ween - Producer
  • Howie Weinberg - Mastering
  • Gregory Burke - Art direction
  • Danny Clinch - Photography

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 121
Heatseekers 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for White Pepper by Ween". Metacritic. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "White Pepper – Ween". AllMusic. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ DeRogatis, Jim (July 2, 2000). "Ween, 'White Pepper'". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved June 26, 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ Walters, Barry (June 2, 2000). "White Pepper". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ Cox, Tom (May 12, 2000). "Childish prodigies". The Guardian. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Ween: White Pepper". Melody Maker: 52. May 9, 2000. 
  7. ^ Ward, Christian (June 8, 2000). "Ween – White Pepper". NME. Archived from the original on August 16, 2000. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b LeMay, Matt (April 30, 2000). "Ween: White Pepper". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  9. ^ McLeod, Kembrew (May 11, 2000). "Ween: White Pepper". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 1, 2007. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  10. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 864–65. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  11. ^ "Ween: White Pepper". Uncut (39): 86. August 2000. 
  12. ^ "Watch Ween's 'Even If You Don't' Music Video Directed By The Creators Of South Park". Live For Live Music. Retrieved 2016-4-16
  13. ^ [1] Archived May 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.