Give Too Much
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"They pack their songs full of enough heady words and phrases to fill a Greil Marcus-style rock critique." -- Gus Stadler, SF Weekly
"This is one one of the boldest and most literate albums released in years." -- Scott Benarde, Y-NOT
"World Entertainment War has all the ingredients to bring the band into MTV rotation." -- John Hogle, BAM
"['Give Too Much' is] cheerfully anarchist, socially conscious, warmly humanist, charmingly goofy, and sternly pop." -- Deb Finley, Detroit Metro Times
World Entertainment War, when viewed through the history presented in "The Televisionary Oracle," is more than an outlet for Brezsny's musical leanings. It is quite possibly the result of a prolific and prophetic performance artist and his band of co-conspirators. -- Instant Planet Quarterly
Top Customer Reviews
Gould's powerful voice is indeed all over WEW, but the lyrics and artistic vision are provided by the band's other vocalist, Rob Brezsny. It can easily be seen why Kantner might have been attracted to WEW, because Brezsny traffics in the same sort of ideas in his lyrics -- rants against media manipulation ("Dark Ages") and its attempts to anesthetize the individual ("Get Out of My Head", "Control Yourself"); the shallowness of corporate culture ("Marlboro Man, Jr."); the rape of the planet ("Garbageman"); the virtues of noncommittal sex ("Furnace of Nuclear Love"); a vague sort of pagan metaphysics ("Prayer Wars"); and exhortations to get up and do something about all of this ("Kick", "Break the Law").
All of this would be pretty insufferable, except for two things. One, Rob doesn't take himself too seriously. The surrealistic storylines in "Kick Your Own Ass" and "Pagan Jake's Dream Girl" are quite funny. And a few of the tracks ("Relax", "Telepathics Anonymous") are actually short "commercials" for the WEW concept, and prove that he has a sense of humor.
More importantly, he surrounded himself with some really good musicians. The band backs him with a tough, muscular funk-rock (INXS comes to mind as a comparison point)and very catchy melodies.Read more ›
The CD is a one-off sensation (the Televisionary Oracle by Rob Brezsny has more information). I first heard of WEW through the original release of 'give to much', available in the early 90's as a self titled CD. A friend correctly predicted that this would be something that I would enjoy. How perceptive of him. This was the big question about WEW for me. Where did they come from, who are they, and most importantly, where did they go? I spent years then trying to find if there was any more of this magic (greedy sod that I am) only to discover, on a recent trip to the USA, that Brezsny (the creative nexus) writes a horoscope column and has done so for many years.
At this stage, much of the puzzle was able to come together.
The title of this triumph is a worry, though. 'Give too much' is what this collection of talented people probably did. There's a 10+ album career (maybe more) worth of ideas, invention, wickedness and compassion compressed onto a single CD. It is a work of art that I hope will be discovered and embraced by the majority. This is my prayer for what it's worth.
WEW's CD, "Give to much" is an instant classic - though possibly 20 years in the making. The original form of this CD was sent to me by a friend in the USA (again, thanks!!!). At the time, it bamboozled me that such extremes of talent seemingly had never been to the places where everyone at least had the opportunity to reject what was being offered. There was too much quality for it to have been a throw away by artists without some profile, too much invested into the production for it to have been a backyard job. Having recently finished the "novel" (!?!) "Televisionary Oracle" by Rob Brezsny, many of these questions have been explained, or at least a story has been offered.
What truly distinguishes this CD is that it's brazen without being preachy, it's not depressive, but rather, it celebrates life and living and encourages the listener to maximise her experience. At times, I'm lulled into the notion that a cook book for changing one's reality is being presented (we are controlled only as much as we wish to be).
The music is sensational. It rocks. But it has to be loud. Otherwise, the impact has to be partly gained with reference to previous listenings. Some songs are produced in a fashion that multiplies the desired message ('Get Outta My Head' kicks in with a production fiddle that is almost unbearable... almost seizure inducing).
My major quibble is the title, "Give to much". Lame - seemingly another attempt to snatch defeat from the jaws of (sales) victory. Why not 'Media Apocalypse' or 'Sign up...' or 'Now recruiting'. Again, after reading the yeah-sure-novel a clue seems to emerge.Read more ›
Actually, this album is a re-release of their self-titled album,
with some additional songs. I first found their album in a
discount used CD bin about 8 years ago. I hadn't heard of them
but the lyric sheet made it seem worth the risk.
It was the best buy I have ever made. The lyrics and music are
amazing, and everything fits together perfectly, with themes
(both words and music) running through the entire album.
The "W" section is always my first place to check when I
find a new record store, and over the years I have found a
few copies which I passed on to friends. I even found a
cassette copy in a variety store in Australia! Go figure.
The album merits your full attention. Even though I have
heard it 100 times, my favorite way to listen is to sit
quietly and pay attention. It never disappoints and I keep
finding new things to amaze me. I am also amazed that this
album is not a best seller. At least a half-dozen songs on
it seem perfect for MTV, and everything on it is perfect for
So what is the album about? The words are a scathing tirade
against the media (tv, radio, advertising, televangelists, etc).
The music is melodic and intricate and soothing and in-your-face,
all at the same time. I know that you can download samples for
free, but you really miss something if you don't listen to the
whole album in the original order.
I hope that you buy it and enjoy it as much as I have.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best everything on this album. Everyone should be forced to listen to it at least once ! Just kidding. it is incredible though!Published on June 29, 2014 by Bob McKinney
Fun, positive, interesting music. Lyrics are witty and brave. Variety of song formats. A true gift to make one think.Published on November 19, 2013 by CowDaddy
bought this as a tape back in the early 90's when i was maybe 12 or 13 and fell in lovew with it..bought it again in 2010 and it is still as amazing as it was back thenPublished on September 19, 2010 by me
When I purchased this CD I thought it was going to be pretty average and I probably wouldn't play it more than once or twice, but this is one of the best CDs that I have ever... Read morePublished on June 4, 2008 by Brizdaz
A lot of us are lucky enough to get hit with occasional strokes of genius. Not too many of us follow through and put a brilliant idea into form. Read morePublished on February 19, 2007 by Andrea Sharp
I ordered this based on other people's rave reviews and my appreciation for Breszny's writing and creative endeavors which I find refreshing and inspiring, but this is a tremendous... Read morePublished on May 23, 2006 by Jon Perrotti
God I love you.
...and it's still good,
ten years after.
- THE Commercial Zen, Inc.
NOTE: I would rate this CD with 6 stars, conservatively.
Actually I don't own this CD; I own "World Entertainment War," which I guess is the first one, and this is the second. Read morePublished on March 22, 2003 by ArtinKC