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Ween

RIP Ween. As you can see from my username, I am a big fan, and it sucks that I'm so late to hop on the bandwagon (started listening right after they broke up). But, nevertheless, here is my opinion on the 10 Ween albums + The Friends EP. List goes from worst to best.
1Ween
12 Golden Country Greats


Let me start off by saying this is a fantastic album, a great collection of songs. Unfortunately, like Beck's Midnite Vultures, it confuses me why Ween would release an album of only one genre, a genre they only covered a couple times. I'm not ranking solely based on that fact, but I'd definitely be least likely to listen to it.
2 Ween
Shinola, Vol. 1


Shinola is an album full of Ween b-sides and rarities, and unfortunately, the songs sound just like that; b-sides. Fun, enjoyable album (duh, it's Ween), but almost all of the songs are just really repetitive (prime example: Tastes Good On th' Bun).
3 Ween
The Friends EP


I wish I didn't have to put this and La Cucaracha so low. They really are great albums, and I think that people don't appreciate them enough. Oh well. This is probably the most fun thing that Ween has ever released, next to La Cuc. It's got techno, reggae, salsa, and a hilarious attempt at cheesiness (Slow Down Boy). Really, what's not to like?
4Ween
The Pod


The darkest, trippiest, most challenging, and most inconsistent of all Ween albums. The Pod is what happens when two best friends get all of their limited musical equipment and just screw around (oh, and don't forget the Scotchguard!)
5Ween
La Cucaracha


La Cuc continues the fun and frivolity of Friends, but opts for an even more diverse tracklist. It's a very different direction for Ween, but at the same time, it also encompasses what they do best.
6 Ween
God Ween Satan: The Oneness


Much like The Pod, GWS is just two friends having fun, except THIS time, they try a little harder at writing actual songs. A surprisingly consistent offering, this album is the triumph of the Ween punk era.
7Ween
Pure Guava


A lighter take on The Pod, Pure Guava may not be Ween at their funnest, but they are certainly having the most fun on this record.
8Ween
White Pepper


I used to think that this was Ween weakest, but then I took a second listen. The amount of classic tracks on here is staggering. A perfect transition from the lighthearted psychedelia of The Mollusk to the much darker aspects of Quebec.
9Ween
Quebec


Speaking of Quebec, this was my first Ween record. And boy, did it make me want more. Quebec distinguishes the differences between "fun" and "funny"; it's certainly funny, but it's a much, much darker path for the pair.
10Ween
Chocolate and Cheese


These last two were nearly impossible to rank. C&C is a refreshingly hi-fi take on Ween's music, while it still manages to be unbelievably brown. This album contains just about every genre imaginable, although it's hard to tell if they are parodying them or actually writing genuine, straight-from-the-heart songs out of them (and it's actually the latter). Once again, an extremely high amount of classic tracks to be found here.
11Ween
The Mollusk


This just had to be number one. You can't deny the sheer fun-ness of this record, and when they take that fun and put it into extremely well-written songs, you've just made the perfect album. What else can you say about it? I recommend this and the rest of Ween's discography to anyone with an open mind and a fun-loving heart.
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