RELEASE
January 16, 1996
LABEL
Warner Bros.
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Trip-Hop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Dance, Alternative/Indie Rock, Shibuya-Kei

Album Review

Fresh and funky, female and Japanese, the trip-hop/rap duo Cibo Matto has been the recipient of a lot of hype. Fortunately, it's well-founded; all trendiness aside, Viva! La Woman is an innovative and catchy mix of eclectic samples and stream-of-consciousness lyrics. The likes of Paul Weller, Ennio Morricone, and Duke Ellington combine with observations like "My weight is three hundred pounds/My favorite is beef jerky" (from "Beef Jerky") and "Shut up and eat! You know my love is sweet!" from ("Birthday Cake") in a fun and refreshing way. The tone of the album varies with each song; on tracks like "Sugar Water" and "Artichoke," Cibo Matto plays it spooky and ethereal, while "Birthday Cake" and the single "Know Your Chicken" find them as a couple of cryptic Beastie Girls, tossing off wacky non sequiturs over found soundscapes. Cibo Matto cooks up a tasty appetizer of their talent with Viva! La Woman. Like their tongue-in-cheek cover of "The Candy Man," Cibo Matto makes everything they bake satisfying and delicious. A diverse and entertaining album, Viva! La Woman leaves the listener hungry for more of their crazy food for thought.
Heather Phares, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Applehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/apple/id207955592?i=207955624&uo=5
  2. Beef Jerkyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/viva-la-woman/id207955592?uo=5
  3. Sugar Waterhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/sugar-water/id207955592?i=207955925&uo=5
  4. White Pepper Ice Creamhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/white-pepper-ice-cream/id207955592?i=207955997&uo=5
  5. Birthday Cakehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/birthday-cake/id207955592?i=207956093&uo=5
  6. Know Your Chickenhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/know-your-chicken/id207955592?i=207956265&uo=5
  7. Themehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/viva-la-woman/id207955592?uo=5
  8. The Candy Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-candy-man/id207955592?i=207957076&uo=5
  9. Le Pain Perduhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/le-pain-perdu/id207955592?i=207957172&uo=5
  10. Artichokehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/artichoke/id207955592?i=207957242&uo=5
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