Well, admittedly I'm not the best person to question this, since that sort of in-your-face style of Zappa humor and conceptual approach on those 60's albums really doesn't click with me much, and I feel like more often than not it really distracts from the interesting music going on. I'm probably not the only one - Hot Rats is considered the consensus "best Zappa album" for a reason, right? I just find it interesting that any fan of an album like Absolutely Free where the listener is COMPLETELY bombarded with that kind of quirkiness for its' duration could be offended by the idea of Ween being called "great".
Also in defense of C&C, I feel like a good amount of the "kitsch" on that album comes from Gene/Aaron not seeming confident in his voice at that point and the low production values, as evidenced by Live In Chicago versions where they're done in a more "professional" way but still come across just as effective.
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