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The Mollusk

Ween

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Album Review

On the surface, The Mollusk is a return to the panoramic, multi-genre extravaganza of Chocolate and Cheese, but in its own way, it's as much of a concept album as 12 Golden Country Greats. It just isn't as explicit about its intentions. Nearly every song on The Mollusk has a nautical theme, buoyed by a heavy progressive rock influence. Several songs deviate from the theme — the synthetic new wave pulse of "I'll Be Your Jonny on the Spot" and the frenzied pseudo-country of "Waving My Dick in the Wind" are neither seafaring nor prog — but there's an unmistakable watery undertow to the record. Perhaps the loose concept is the reason why The Mollusk is the most concise album in Ween's canon, but it's not what makes the record so impressive. Like Chocolate and Cheese, The Mollusk could seem like a comedy record to outsiders, but the songwriting and performances are so remarkably accomplished that it is just as listenable after the shock of the humor has faded away. "The Mollusk," "Mutilated Lips," "The Golden Eel," and "Buckingham Green" are all startlingly accurate send-ups of prog-rock, and they are better written than many of their inspirations. Similarly, the vulgar shanty "The Blarney Stone," the faux-Richard Thompson tragedy "She Wanted to Leave," and the sunny, Caribbean-flavored "Ocean Man" are terrific songs offering evidence that Ween are improving as songwriters and musicians with each record. Ironically, this array of silly jokes and musical parody is a richer and more diverse listen than most of its alternative rock contemporaries.

Customer Reviews

Ween are awesome

Fantastic album. Well worth a listen.

Classic Ween

This is a great album, like the other albums of Ween. As the main review states, Ween, while creating a parody of other musical genres, often ends up surpassing some of the most skilled artists that they seek to parody. Their uncanny knack of creating the perfect 3 minute pop song over and over again is simply amazing, as is their ability to authentically emulate pretty much most modern musical genres. Even iTunes has difficulty in categorizing their music (from 'Comedy' to 'Country' and everything else in between) - although to label Ween as a 'comedy' act is to simply give their music a superficial listening to. Perhaps a new category, 'Nautical', would be the most appropriate label for this album!

Biography

Formed: 1984 in New Hope, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Ween was the ultimate cosmic goof of the alternative rock era, a prodigiously talented and deliriously odd duo whose work traveled far beyond the constraints of parody and novelty into the heart of surrealist ecstasy. Despite a mastery for seemingly every mutation of the musical spectrum, the group refused to play it straight; in essence, Ween was bratty deconstructionists, kicking dirt on the pop world around them with demented glee. Along with the occasional frat-boy lapses into misogyny, racism,...
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