Knowing how tight the last Cibo Matto disc was, you know I had to check this. It was a bit of an impulse buy however, seeing as how I didn’t decide to pick it up until I saw it while standing in the checkout line at Amoeba Records. Still though, Viva! La Woman is a solid listen and you can definately feel the evolution of their music from this CD (produced in 1996) to their newest one.
I must admit though, the first time I went through this disc, I was a little bit disappointed. I expected it to blow Stereo-Type A away, which it doesn’t, but rather grows on you the more and more you listen to it. And believe me, when you’re commuting one hour to work both ways, you’ve got a lot of time on your hands to listen to stuff.
So instead of in your face beats with a smattering of hip-hop appeal, Viva! La Woman comes through with more of a mellow, I’m loungin-sippin-Cognac-type sound. This is the kinda stuff you play when you’re smokin a blunt or tryin to fall asleep after watching Cruel Intentions. Most of the tracks have got a nice smooth sound to them, and the lyrics consist of that jibba jabba that we all love. Here’s a sampling…
My weight is 300 pounds, my favorite is beef jerky,
I’m a vagabond, I’m a vagabond,
My mom says, “You are kinky!”
I don’t care.
A horse’s ass is better than yours,
Lie down here baby, just relax honey.
My baby horse is Jennifer,
What a beefy hip!
Okay, and I thought Luke had some funky lyrics…
So after going through and icing this CD a couple times, I’d have to say my fav tracks so far are “Know Your Chicken,” which is probably the closest sounding hip-hop track on the whole album, and “White Pepper Ice Cream,” which sounds kinda like Clint Eastwood meets Enya. Don’t ask me how to describe it any further… cause I can’t.
So all in all, I’d give Viva! La woman seven mochis out of ten. It’d decent to listen to, but I’m not sure if it’s worth a full $14.99. But if you can cop it for $9.99 like I did, then most def give it a check.