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While it's not strictly a concept album, The Mollusk does adhere to a theme and a setting: specifically, the ocean and all the activity that bubbles within and above it. Written and recorded while Dean and Gene Ween holed up in a seaside rental property on the Jersey Shore (midwinter, naturally), the album has a surprisingly cozy, affable feel. Even though it's in no way traditional (unless you count the traditions of '70s progressive rock), the listener gets the sense that the rowdy yarns of ancient sea shanties leaked into the songwriting process. While the record has moments of cacophony and aggression that align it with rock music, a more fitting relative might be Stevie Wonder’s 1979 album Journey Through “The Secret Life of Plants”, which shares with The Mollusk a layered sound design rich with gurgling keyboards. Stevie might also relate to the inspiration Ween found in Earth’s natural wonders, whether it’s the “Golden Eel” or the whale in “Polka Dot Tail.” Though it was an arduous album for the band to finish, The Mollusk became a fan favorite for its cohesion and creativity, and Dean Ween later deemed it his favorite of all the records Ween had done.

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only two reviews for the Mollusk? blasphemy, I tell ya!!!

Ween's 1997 nautical opus, "the Mollusk", stands not only as their crowning acheivement, but also as one of the greatest albums of the last 20+ years. The Mollusk is a psychedelic masterpiece: heady, funny and out there. It features some of the best song writing since Lennon and McCartney's hey-day and adept musicianship from Gene and Dean Ween. The duo pay homage to their influences (pink floyd, the beatles) while creating a unique universe of sounds all their own. From the sublime title track, to the hypnotic "Mutilated Lips", to the raunchy "Blarney Stone", to the tender "It's Gonna Be (Alright)", to the King Crimson-esque "Buckingham Green", all the way to the melodramatic "She Wanted to Leave", the Mollusk never lets down and proves (once again) that Ween can do it all.

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If your a Ween fan then this is a MUST. Mutilated Lips is one of their all time best.

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Like if ur in 2012!

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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