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  • Audio CD (25 Mar. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros Records
  • ASIN: B000002N11
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,741 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Apple
2. Beef Jerky
3. Sugar Water
4. White Pepper Ice Cream
5. Birthday Cake
6. Know Your Chicken
7. Theme
8. The Candy Man
9. Le Pain Perdu
10. Artichoke

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Cibo Matto ~ Viva! La Woman

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Woods VINE VOICE on 28 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Like most people, I first heard of 'Cibo Matto' when I saw them perform on an episode of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', a show which has a habit of unearthing some remarkably good bands. And these guys are possibly the best of the lot; a musical concatenation of funk, rap, blues, soul, pop, indie...oh, just about anything you can think of. Miho Hatori has the most sensual and fascinating voice I have ever encountered (her vocals on 'Theme' will leave male listeners going 'phew!') and creates such a range of intensity and emotion that you can't help but be suckered in.

There isn't a bad track here and hard to pick out an exceptional one, though 'Sugar Water' (from Buffy) will be the most familiar. It's a gorgeous song, one that just got under my skin when I first heard it and Cibo Matto are able to repeat the trick with 'Apple' and 'Artichoke' (possibly my personal favourite). 'Birthday Cake' is bats but strangely addictive while 'Know Your Chicken' is deliciously mental. Finally, this album has the best lyrics I have ever heard in my life ('he looked me up and down as if I were a restaurant menu' and 'a horse's ass is better than yours' are just two fine examples).

If you're curious about Cibo Matto and want to try them out, I'd start with this album as it's probably their most accessible. They will be far too off-beat for some but in my opinion they're a band worth celebrating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
Don't be deceived by the title of "Viva La Woman." Or, for that matter, by the metal-braed amazon on the cover. This album, by New York's expatriate duo Cibo Matto, lives up to the name of the band -- it is all about food. Their brand of trippy, sultry pop centers on apples, jerky, cake, chicken, and plenty of other foodstuffs.

It opens with the dark, plodding "Apple," before lurching into the hilarious, jazzy "Beef Jerky." Miho Hatori strikes just the right irreverent note as she sings a string of non sequiturs: "My weight is three hundred pounds/My favorite is beef jerky/I'm a vagabond, I'm a vagabond/My mom says, you are kinky."

From there on, Cibo Matto strikes the right balance between colorful pop and musical irreverence -- ambient sweeps, drum machines, surreal distortion, cutesy breakbeats, peculiar samples and trippy balladry. Above it all, Hatori offers bizarre recipes, tells you to know your chicken, and is shot with bullets of pepper. (I can't make this stuff up)

Certain bands are hard to describe, and even harder to pigeonhole. Cibo Matto is one such band, with their sparkling musical palette and their even more impressive menu. Really, how many bands are brave enough to compare all human emotions to foodstuffs?

Hatori lives up to her description in the liner notes -- she howls, raps, sings, moans and keens, sounding like a bubblegum popster on acid. It takes a pretty brave singer to howl "Extra sugar, extra salt/extra oil and MSG... Shut up and eat!/You know my love is sweet!" She's backed up by Yuka Honda's exquisitely mishmashy pop melodies, which are just a little too dark to be kitschy.

The lyrics are almost as wonderfully weird. At first glance, they look like a sequence of random food phrases strung together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frederik David on 7 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
The title kind of says it all. Cibo Matto have an original sound, how many times can you say that about bands you discover?
This album is daring, soothing, funny, quirky and a whole bunch of other stuff too. But beware, I have a strange taste in music.
Their second release is (if possible) even better!
Nowadays the Asian duo are working solo. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for a third album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Snlight on 27 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Cibo Matto is Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda, and their music is very quirky indeed. But in a good way . Alot of the songs have have quite jazzy elements. My favorite songs were: Beef Jerky, Birthday Cake and Know Your Chicken. I found out about this band from Birthday Cake being on Jet Set Radio Future, and I'm glad I did so!
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