CD REVIEW: Cheech and Chong - Cheech and Chong’s Animated Movie Soundtrack
by: Cyrus Rhodes
"adds fuel to the fire"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Artist: Cheech and Chong
CD: Cheech and Chong’s Animated Movie Soundtrack
Genre: Classic Rock, Psychedelic R&B, Funkadelic Rock
Sounds Like: The Flaming Lips, Beck, Sublime, Cake, Iggy Pop to Frank Zappa
Technical Grade: 8/10
Weakness: Melodic vocal phrasing
NEWSFLASH - It's the legendary toker jokers Cheech & Chong as you've never seen them before -- in their very first Animated Movie. Catch the buzz as their most outrageous routines and laugh-out-loud lines from their Grammy Award-winning albums come to life, including "Dave's not here," "Let's make a dope deal" and more. “Cheech and Chong Anthem (WEed Are the World™),” featuring animated cameos from the likes of Kid Cudi, Whoopi Goldberg, Wiz Kalifa, George Lopez, Bill Maher, B-Real, Willie Nelson, and many more, available April 15th. The album’s single “Medical Marijuana Blues” is available today on iTunes. The soundtrack for this smokin’ film will feature nine new, high-lariously funny tracks produced by legendary and original Ode Records producer Lou Adler and Dominic Kelly, Eric D. Chambers, Branden Chambers and Paris Chong. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong have recorded a special commentary for each track, which will be available exclusively through Spotify. The DVD/Blu Ray from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment of the feature-length film will be available beginning April 23, through all retailers.
The CD kicks things off with intoxicating "Marijuana” a solid intro piece that serves up steady rock rhythm, against infectious vocal vibe from Cheech and Chong against catchy psychedelic keyboard groove and grand slam chorus. Track 2 “Smoke a Double Time” keeps things moving in the right direction with its slamming dance groove, meshed with hooky melody making for a hot follow up statement. Track 3 “Bajito y Sauvecito” serves up infectious Chicano groove that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition with impressive low end rhythm section and heartfelt vocals from Cheech and Chong. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of such classic acts such as The Flaming Lips, Beck, Cake, Iggy Pop, Sublime to Frank Zappa. The songs themselves are addictive, and packed full of zany and entertaining lyrical content and subject matter that simply cannot be faked. The music itself is an impressive blend of rock, alternative rock with just a dash Classic Funk-Rock and Psychedelic R&B. Along the way besides the typical 4 piece standard you will notice impressive solo guitar, rocked out guitar, piano, keyboards, organ, horns, well placed harmonies, percussive accents, and sonic accents all built upon a thick as a brick low end rhythm section. Cheech and Chong make no attempt at sugar coating anything - and that's why we love them. Instead they lets it all hang out with reckless abandon and carefree-trippy lamentation. The vocals works well within the confines of this upbeat, funny yet trippy musical catalogue. I might add they take some impressive vocal risks throughout the CD as well. Enter the top flight musicianship and impressive production virtuoso – makes for an impressive combination. What I like most about the music is its funkadelic style and carefree vibe you get track to track. Song for song you can never really predict what’s waiting for you around the next corner. Also present is a brilliant yet eccentric attitude. From rocking “Pretty Boy Alice” and “earache my Eye” to smoking “Cheech and Chong Anthem” to grooving “Paranoid Pot Head” and Lost Due to Incompetence” to bluesy “Medical Marijuana Blues” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 12 “(Another Hit Of) Marijuana.
It’s hard to find any noticeable weaknesses with this CD. For a soundtrack it does exactly what 's it's supposed to. It's fair to say some of the vocal phrasing throughout lacks what I would call melodic creativity. No doubt some songs are better than others on this catalogue as well. CD may not be suitable for younger listeners.
Cheech and Chong’s Animated Movie Soundtrack is an impressive musical production from start to finish. It’s strong suit – the amazing creative collaboration of all of the behind the scenes people mentioned above and the infectious persona of both Cheech and Chong. All of the above deliver enough musical talent and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. The music is clean, goes down smooth, and is full of amazing thought provoking lyrical content. The messages are funny, zany, and amazingly witty - all from a carefree pro-cannabis perspective. All of the above will no doubt add fuel to the fire for Cheech and Chong.s animated Adventure this Summer.