Ween
Pure Guava


3.5
great

Review

by Holland, 1945. USER (13 Reviews)
October 2nd, 2005 | 13 replies | 3,312 views


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


4 of 5 thought this review was well written

What exactly was Elektra thinking when they released this?

Ween on a major label is like kicking a puppy, if you think about it.

Maybe that is why I find them so enjoyable at times. Their concept of what sounds good is so twisted, that if you begin to listen to them enough, you'll see everything with Weengoggles. How many times can you listen to "Big Jilm" without thinking about running through the streets of New York City screaming "big jilm!!" out or mimmicking the high-pitching "doo doo doo"s? They're so absurdly infectous, but yet you know that they're probably stoned out of their minds when they made most of these songs. Drum machines are used in almost all of the songs, and Ween again further their experimentations, moving away from the childish noise-making of GodWeenSatan: The Oneness and well.... being childish again. Psychadelic backdrops clog most of the songs, with plenty of weird sound effects and odd percussive noises to please any audiophile. A good portion of the songs here are laid back and cool, with the "singing" rarely going above a chilled out speak-sing.

Marijuana and Ween go together well, and here on Pure Guava they don't hold back from their infatuation with well, being Ween. Songs like "Big Jilm" and "Push Th' Little Daisies" are so confusingly catchy that after sometime if becomes mind numbing, to a certain extent. "Raggaejunkiejew" is filled with distort beeps and more crude, Weenian lyrics. Is that a telephone melody? "I Play it Off Legit" is equally as confusing as the other songs here, barely going over a brisk mumble and droning. By this point, you would think that Ween would run out of ideas, right? Well, no. Each song brings something new to the rather...different, table. "I Saw Gener Cryin' in His Sleep" is probably one of the best songs here, a demented psych-folk diddy that is just as funny as it is charming. We also get to rock out with "Touch My Tooter" while "Don't Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy)" sounds as if it is a fusion between pop music and prog, with overdramatic singing and psuedo-intellectual lyrics that prove to be more of a parody than anything else.

But, Ween is summed up with the closer track, "Poop Ship Destroyer". A creepy, muted xylophone melody and backwards-taped distortion blips are accompanied by distorted vocals and helium-fused backing vocals. Oh, and fart noises. Live, Ween take it to unbelieve lengths, sometimes nearing 20 minutes. I don't know what exactly Pure Guava is, but it's pretty ***in' good, if you ask me.



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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2005



15730 Comments


Ive never heard material from Ween. This review is good, though not up to your standards.

Digging: Alvvays - Alvvays

Rudd13
October 2nd 2005



952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. I'll be hearing the rest of Mollusk very soon.

This Message Edited On 10.02.05

Lemon8
October 2nd 2005



39 Comments


I hate it when people imply that you need drugs to enjoy strange music.

I enjoy this album as it is... without chemical enhancement.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2005



15730 Comments


I hate it when people imply that you need drugs to enjoy strange music.

I enjoy this album as it is... without chemical enhancement.



^^ Oh come on! Everything's better with chemical enhancement! Would The Beatles have made such great music without chemical enhancement? I think not!

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2005



15730 Comments


Arrgh, but To enjoy the music of George Harrison, one might want to take a puff from the peace pipe to truly understand the quality.

Zebra
Moderator
October 2nd 2005



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This is one of my favorite albums of all time. "Push th' little daisies" and "Poop ship Destroyer" are my favorites.

Zmev
October 2nd 2005



983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album, but Morning Glory kinda sucks.

JAStewart
January 21st 2006



180 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Its a good album, but the review needs to be more detailed for sure.

"Freshly Baked"
August 2nd 2006



583 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy) Is amazing. I could listen to it all day.

Cygnus Inter Anates
August 2nd 2006



721 Comments


[quote=Lemon8]I hate it when people imply that you need drugs to enjoy strange music.[/quote] That isn't what I was implying at all. I was merely stating that Ween don't really hide their "drug awareness".

HailToTheThief
November 19th 2008



144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love ween

springtheme, the stallion, and big jilm are my favorites.





The Sludge
September 13th 2009



2169 Comments


Ween on a major label is like kicking a puppy, if you think about it


That is probably the best line ever written in modern literature.

scyther
September 13th 2009



1606 Comments


Hmmm Ween are still the best band ever.



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