|All Artists: En Esch|
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Release Date: 8/31/1993
Genres: Pop, Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
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Hail the Lord of Cheese
n0thing84 | Canada | 04/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is more than simply a technical exercise in funny noises, and goes quite beyond the abnoxious thumping of most modern music. It is, rather, an orchestrated masterpiece by an extremely accomlished musician who is responsible for some of the greatest music to hit the music industry since Kraftwerk's pocket calculator. Sadly, Cheesy fails to reconize that the IQ of the average music listener is only slightly over that of a cactus, and presents music far too intelligent to belong anywhere in today's contemporary music scene.
En Esch would have been able to present us with the common nonsense prevalent in today's garbage charts, as it is well within his power to create music worshipped by the masses, but he has little pity for them, and instead creates music which so violently different, so completely new and innovative that it raises questions as to whether or not En Esch is some time traveller from a future where popular music isn't a glorified form of prostitution."
Brian Allen | Kansas, USA | 08/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Don't listen to Infectioniz. This CD may not be much like KMFDM, but it's not supposed to be. It's also not supposed to be like Slick Idiot, because this predates Slick Idiot by 8 years. This was just a chance for En Esch to try something different.
Many of these songs were actually written for the KMFDM album Money. If you're familiar with that album, then you've probably heard the story of how Sascha was going to do one half of the album and the other half would be done by En Esch and Gunter. Wax Trax liked the Sascha half, but refused to release the En Esch part, because it "wasn't enough like KMFDM". This move hurt that album(the second half of the album was obvious filler) and infuriated En Esch and Gunter. TVT ended up buying Wax Trax and decided to release this album, which contains some songs from that project.
Contrary to the fact that it's called En Esch's solo album, Gunter had a lot of input on these tracks. Most of the songs were co-written by him, and he played most of the guitars on it. He also did some of the programming. There are also some other guests on the album. Also of interest is that Sascha did the album's artwork.
En Esch always had something of a fetish with house music and this is where he got to crazy with it. As the title of the CD most likely hints at, this is his typical stuff mixed with cheesy disco and eighties pop, and the result is mostly satisfying. Most of the songs are very good, but my favorites are Confidence(which was the album's single), Cum, and Gypsy Queen(which is reminiscent of the KMFDM songs he's written). Rule the Mob is another great track which sounds the most like KMFDM out of these songs. Also of note are the dark Grandola and the Jazzy closing the Past is Beyond Recovery. A few minor complaints. The song Sweet Venus reminds me of how crappy pop was in the eighties and is just plain annoying. Also, Daktari has some interesting ideas going on in it, but goes on for what seems like forever.
I'd recommend this primarily to fans of KMFDM's earlier more dance-oriented work or people who wish Gunter and En Esch hadn't left KMFDM, as well as people who just want something different."