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Named for the rural Pennsylvania farmhouse in which it was recorded, 1991’s The Pod is Ween’s most deeply insular album in a career full of insular albums. Like its predecessor, God Ween Satan, The Pod is packed to the gills with myriad song ideas and sonic fragments. But where God Ween Satan was jubilantly riotous, The Pod is foggy and paranoid. It's a loner’s album rather than a party album. The liner notes state: “In the time this album was completed, we filled up 3,600 hours of tape and inhaled 5 cans of Scotchguard.” In terms of the sonic landscape it constructs, The Pod is actually a more enjoyable place to visit than it’s been given credit for. Much like the building in which it was recorded, the album is dank and decrepit and at times frightening, but it also summons fantastical musical forms and shape-shifting characters. Those who venture into this barn of an album will be rewarded with unforgettable visions—just be sure to bring a flashlight and safety goggles.

Customer Reviews

Home-brewed browness

This album is so SWEET I had to go see a DENTIST.

I can taste the waste!

Ween's second studio album is not for the faint-of-heart. Definitely some of the strangest music recorded in the 90's, yet within their still beats at it's heart a pop band waiting to find it's audience. Not for people who rock out to American Idol, this album (as well as most of Ween's discography) stakes it's claim on music inspired by the classics, but bent like the reflection of a funhouse mirror. A great album to listen to if you are a recording newbie. Learn from the masters of low-fi silliness.

it's about the songs

Yes, nitris-enhanced THC had its effect on this sprawling work. But revisiting this album 20 years after I first discovered it in college, what stands the test of time is the pure songwriting genius throughout. With tweaking, nearly every song could be a "hit" by a more coherent/successful band/artist. Holding each back are compromises in production quality and in lyrical clarity, but that's what makes the album special, and every song an inside joke you feel you're in on.


Formed: 1984 in New Hope, PA

Genre: Alternative

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

Ween were 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 of seemingly every mutation of the musical spectrum, the group refused to play it straight; in essence, Ween were 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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