Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Ween - The Mollusk LP

Ween - The Mollusk LP by Tim PopKid
Ween - The Mollusk LP, a photo by Tim PopKid on Flickr.

Plain (2009, reissue)

As mentioned yesterday, this was a Christmas present from my wife and a mighty fine gift it is. The Mollusk represents the last Ween album that I love from start to finish. Sure, there were some good songs on albums that came after this like White Pepper and Quebec, but for my money the Pure Guava to The Mollusk run was the best of Ween.

Like 12 Golden Country Greats before, 1997's The Mollusk was another concept album of sorts. The album has something of a nautical theme to it. While only a couple of songs blatantly deal with aquatic issues, most everything has something of a jaunty feel to it. This especially rings true for my favorite song on here, "The Blarney Stone." It's as if a traditional Irish folk song was overtaken by pirates and then peppered with a rousing amount of profanity. Not only is it a highlight of The Mollusk it's one of the very best songs in the entire Ween catalog.

The quality of this release is just as good as the 12 Golden Country Greats reissue. It's on 180g vinyl, and the sound quality is top notch. Again, worth replacing your old CD if you ask me.

Ween - The Blarney Stone:

Ween - Johnny On The Spot:

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