on 7 October 2005
For a long while this has been one of my favorite albums, and probably my favorite Ween Album.
As with most Ween albums it is fairly Eclectic in style, a mix of stoner rock, electronica, ballads, drinking songs, and the Ocean...
This is a bit of a concept album, the majority of the songs are based around the ocean, as you can tell from the cover and song titles.
The opening track is a cover of an old show tune, and uses Weens classic bizzare vocals, which work well to make the voice childlike.
The Mollusk is a great track, it shows the strength of Gene Weens vocals, with whimsical lyrics and an up tempo melody.
The next few tracks consist of similar lyrical style, but then we hit johnny on the spot which ups the tempo, and the lyrics are quite amusing.
The we have mutilated lips, which is a great song, very diverse sounds, extremely original!
The blarney stone is a very funny drinking song, you'll be on the grog in no time!
I love the ballads on this album, She wanted to leave is about a pirate and love, its a beautiful story lyric. Also "cold blows the wind" is said to be a Japanese traditional written by ween... but it means that it is beautiful, lyrically and musically, a glorious supernatural tale.
This album will sit in your cd player forever, its hard to get bored of!
on 27 December 2003
This album is a musical masterpiece, but also lets the listener laugh out loud in places to comedy that is in turns outlandish, silly and knowing jovial mimicry at its very best. You will marvel at the musicianship in itself, but this album can make you laugh and cry in the most unexpected ways. This is the best it gets from one of the handful of genius bands on the planet.
on 22 March 2000
This is a really nice cd. The opening song "dancing in the show tonight" is so wonderful, and we go on a journey of lovingly humurous songs from there to the lamentful reprise - did he make the show, or miss it? The songs themselves paint such a wonderous picture in your imagination you'll surely find out. Explicit lyrics is a tad misleading... it's not that bad, and you could always put a bucket over your mothers head. I liked it, and I think Ween would like me for saying that. Thanks Ween guys - a hit and no mistake.
on 8 October 2006
The Mollusc by Ween hits me as quite an absurd album, an odd mash of styles at points sounding rather silly and weird, the only real link between many of the songs being a recurring theme of the sea.
The album opens up with the plinky piano of 'I'm dancing in the show tonight' with all the vocals completely warped, from child's voices to a low rumble.
This them morphs into 'The Mollusc' a slower paced acoustic and synthy track of a tale of finding a mollusc in the sand ('Hey little boy, what you got there, kind sir it's a mollusc I found') a very nice relaxing track, only with the rather strange lyrics
There are also songs like 'I'll be your jonny on the spot', much more guitar based, but still with just as odd lyrics and a fantastic burbley synth solo appearing form nowhere in the middle
'The Blarney stone' being yet another twist in sound from Ween, sounding like a drinking song - a tale of going out for drinking, fighting and girls
'Waving my dick in the wind' is another slightly absurd journey of music and odd rhyming lyrics with no real message to them
In the most part this album has a fairly laid back sound, very odd lyrics with no political message or point they are trying to get across in the lyrics or writing, other than a cool album full of cool, if often rather weird music. Maybe not for someone out looking for a serious album, but for something cool and amusing to stick on, this is pretty damn good
on 22 March 2000
Who can listen to the molusk and fail to be moved? Not I! 5 stars alone for dancing in the show tonight. This song must touch on an experience for everyone... with the reprise bringing a tear to the eye, for all that is lost and a two step sadly gone wrong. Those are the images it brings to bare. Followed up with catchy tunes and some reminiscent of the '70's this cd is hard to beat! Well, actually that is until it comes to some of the language. Be warned there is some stuff here, that would do well to be replaced with a little 'darn' or 'oops' or a 'hey ho' or why not a 'hey ninny no!' Anyone who has not yet checked out Ween, is missing a neat brain tickler, and a particularly haunting melody! Thank you, Botley.