Ween
The Mollusk


4.0
excellent

Review

by Holland, 1945. USER (13 Reviews)
September 30th, 2005 | 57 replies | 18,659 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


8 of 8 thought this review was well written

Ween are silly young men. tr00f.

Imagine two stoner-friends being locked in a recording studio for a few weeks with whatever instrument they want, and with this you have Jean and Deen Ween. Most of their albums are packed full of absurdity, and enough variety to make a circus blush. What is so unique about Ween is that you never no what lies ahead, which makes for an interesting listen, and guessing game. Singing is usually distorted and warped into a humurous alien-bellow, or whatever you think sounds right. And to my humble self, Ween are one of the must underappreciated bands in the history of music. Why, because they are silly? Possibly. But it takes time to understand where Ween are coming from, and what they are trying to do with their music... or what they aren't trying to do with their music. They make charming, funny, and sometimes even honest music. Hell, they even made a (quite fine) country album, 12 Gold Country Hits, released a year before Mollusk.

Mollusk unsurprisingly enough, is a sort of concept album, though it is a very loose one at that. Quite a few songs are based around nautical topics, as Ween had been traveling along the eastern edge of the United States. Even the songs have a sort of cohesive sound quality to them, even though it is literally impossible for such studio masterminds like Ween to stay in one place for very long. On Mollusk, Ween take their music to a (somewhat) more mature state, with plenty of acoustic guitars. Do not be fooled, though, this is still Ween, after all. Songs like "Mutilated Lips" and "Pink Eye (On My Leg)", with it's vacuum cleaner melod are still as strange and awkward as any previous Ween material. "Polka Dot Tail" keeps this quality, but has a sort of Sgt. Pepper's-era Beatles feel to it, with it's rather silly lyrics ("have you ever seen a whale with a polka dot tail?") and a psychadelic backdrop. Ween also run through even more musical styles, including Irish sing-alongs ("The Blarney Stone"), the perplexing ("Waving My Dick In the Wind"), and quite possibly the catchiest song of all, "Ocean Man", a surfesque tune with the trademark voices, and a rather respectable guiar solo.

Honestly, what doesn't this album have? Here, Ween take their craft and actually put it into well crafted songs, with just enough melody and just a pinch of marijuana. And just to smack you in the face, the album ends on the beautiful, almost heartwarming (!!) "She Wanted to Leave (Reprise)", where impersonating the Irish never sounded so charming in such an...odd way. And maybe that's what you need to expect from Ween. We all want something different, but yet they do it in such a conventional way that you can come to enjoy it after time. And if you wanted to know, this is Ween's best album.

Touche.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pulseczar
September 30th 2005



2385 Comments


*hug* i owed you one.

Ween are pretty cool, ive heard most of this

Zesty Mordant
September 30th 2005



1196 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is my favorite ween album, and one of my favorite albums in general. Good work on the review.

I'm considering gettin 12 Golden Country Hits sometime eventually.

Laafe
September 30th 2005



347 Comments


nice rewiew. i laughed when i saw the name ween. im gonna check this out

Zebra
Moderator
September 30th 2005



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review, this is my second favorite Ween album behind "Pure Guava."However "Mutilated Lips" is my favorite Ween song.

Rudd13
October 2nd 2005



952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album owns.
The title track is one of the most unique songs I've ever heard, and from what I've heard of the album, the rest is very interesting as well.

Nice job :thumb:

This Message Edited On 10.02.05

Zmev
October 2nd 2005



983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

AYYYYYE YAAAEEEE YAAAEEEE
SHARPEN YER BOOTS AN BLUTCHEN YER EYE
AYYYYYE YAAEEEEE YAAAEEEE
THE BLARNEY STONE, BRINGS A TEAR TO ME EYEE

tubesock
May 14th 2006



3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah The Blarney Stone owns a classic album not one dud song except maybe Pink Eye(On My Leg) but hey it's Ween and how can you not like them

The Jungler
July 28th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I gotta start listening to these guys, the title track is very good.

Cygnus Inter Anates
July 28th 2006



721 Comments


People need to hear more Ween. And then review it.

The Jungler
July 29th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This CD is very awesome, but parts are just incredibly annoying.

Cygnus Inter Anates
July 29th 2006



721 Comments


"Ocean Man" makes you want to make love to sea turtles right?

The Jungler
July 29th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definetly.
The Blarney Stone is the best pirate jam ever.

Cygnus Inter Anates
July 29th 2006



721 Comments


Get off my ass you wee bitty fuck
if I pull out the claymore you're shit outta luck
who's that girl, that pretty young thing
after I fuck her she'll get up and sing

Aye Aye Aye
sharpen your boot, and bludgeon your eye
Aye Aye Aye
the Blarney Stone brings a tear to me eye

down to the pub for a two shilling ale
the bread on the counter is going stale
if I don't get some fresh bread soon
gonna punch you in your face and bark at the moon

Aye Aye Aye
sharpen your boot, and bludgeon your eye
Aye Aye Aye
the Blarney Stone brings a tear to me eye

Aint got no girl 'cuz I haven't the time
got too many other things on me mind
Patty was nice she was pale and cute
but I threw her away like an old piece of fruit

Aye Aye Aye
sharpen your boot, and bludgeon your eye
Aye Aye Aye
the Blarney Stone brings a tear to me eye

got ooze in my pores my feet are all wet
got mold in my ears but I ain't dead yet
got stones in me bladder got a crack in me head
when Patty starts cryin' this is what I said

Aye Aye Aye
sharpen your boot, and bludgeon your eye
Aye Aye Aye
the Blarney Stone brings a tear to me eye

DeadToPain
May 31st 2007



694 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

mutilated lips give a kiss on the wrist of the worm-like tips of tentacles expanding in my mind, i'm fine, accepting only fresh brine. you can have another drop of this. yeah, you wis

such a sassy frassie lassie
give me shoes so i can tapsie

BurnTheEnd
July 17th 2008



51 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Exactly what you said.

gaslightanthem
February 24th 2009



5209 Comments


This CD is very awesome, but parts are just incredibly annoying.

This.


gaslightanthem
February 24th 2009



5209 Comments


waving my dick in the wind
if things go right she'll be in my arms tonight
waving my dick in the wind

joshuatree
Emeritus
March 14th 2009



3743 Comments


ocean man is the perfect song

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2009



17197 Comments


one of the best albums of the 90s.

Tyler
Emeritus
May 27th 2009



7928 Comments


yeah this is super good



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