Ween
The Pod


2.5
average

Review

by Bill Thomas USER (15 Reviews)
December 16th, 2010 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pick on Dinosaurs. They are the ones that deserve it.

These guys did drugs. You know, and I'm not just saying that, as flattering as that statement might be. This album is slow. You know, and I'm not just saying that, as flattering as that statement might be.

What I am trying to say here is that this is a stoner album. Alot of the songs here go real slow so that those pot-infested treants can walk around saying stuff like "totally tuberculosis" and other such garbage. They are still bending genres, and going in between them like some sort of crazy hooker looking for peanut butter in the couch, but it's all slow tempo. There's none of the crazy punkiness of their first album. There is no "You ***ed Up" or "Tick" but rather you got classic rock sounding "Doctor Rock" and the slow-but-still-offensive "The Stallion Pt. 1" (PART 2 IS ON THIS ALBUM TOO! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?)

What this record excels at is the Beach Boys level. In videogame terms, it's the level that follows the schizophrenia level. But there are some real good pop songs. "Sorry Charlie" "Oh My Dear (Falling In Love)", and "Pork Roll Egg and Cheese" are great examples into what they would eventually turn into, as far as pop songwriting would go. Great catchy melodies with very simple instrumentation, what else could you ask for in a pop song? NOTHING, THAT'S WHAT! And there isn't only pop music! "Right to the Ways and the Rules of the World", "Captain Fantasy" and "Demon Sweat" are their first little pokes into the world of prog rock, I mean, they aren't doing any crazy guitar solos or anything, but the mood, and the general structure of the songs scream Pink Floyd at you. Even if it is Pink Floyd in the third grade.

I must digress. While there is 8 or 9 good songs here the rest of the album just stinks. Half written melodies, stupid toilet jokes, white noise...It's as if Ween were just whacked out on inhalents, like scotchgarde while writing this album, it's absurd!



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WatchItExplode
December 16th 2010


3303 Comments


Wow...I am in awe of your descriptive talents Mr. Thomas. My favorite Ween review thus far.

BTW, this album has maybe 4 good songs and is mostly crap.

druglesshippie
December 16th 2010


182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What???

druglesshippie
December 16th 2010


182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it's true

WatchItExplode
December 16th 2010


3303 Comments


You've been very active, I forgot you existed for awhile.

You should own the Ween: Live in Chicago DVD if you don't already have it. They basically play every good song they have over two nights. Dean and Gene are pretty funny and the crowd is rediculously into it too.

druglesshippie
December 17th 2010


182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you can blame WoW for that xD


Josh D.
December 17th 2010


13968 Comments


I played with a Ween.

Penlord
February 11th 2013


186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is like the best ween album ever

StallionMang
May 27th 2013


6035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The album that inspired my username. Personally, I love the record and the mood it sets (and I'm not even a stoner), but I do agree that Ween makes you sit through a LOT of crap in order to get to the good stuff.

Digging: The Smith Street Band - South East Facing Wall

ArsMoriendi
April 29th 2014


5741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I liked (in many cases loved) nearly every song on GodWeenSatan: The Oneness, Pure Guava, Chocolate and Cheese, 12 Golden Country Greats, and The Mollusk, but damn...

I don't know what to make of this one upon first listen. It was like a beautiful hideous train wreck lifeboat? With that said "The Stallion Pt.2" was brilliant.

God damn though, this album REALLY makes me want a pork roll egg and cheese on a kaiser bun.





Digging: Coil - Horse Rotorvator

StallionMang
April 29th 2014


6035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album works better when you look at it as a whole rather than a collection of songs, seeing as this is easily their least consistent effort

Gotta be in the right mindset to enjoy this too; it's like Guava but hazier and moodier

ArsMoriendi
April 29th 2014


5741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I know, I might like it more over time, but for now it's going to have to be my least favorite. Some of the songs were just irredeemably unpleasant.

ArsMoriendi
May 11th 2014


5741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bumped this from a 2.5 to 3 because the unpleasant ones don't bother me as much upon later listens.



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