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Bruce Springsteen used the Jersey Shore as the backdrop for his tragic-heroic tales of everyday people in nowhere places. Ween, as you might expect, have a slightly different take on the proud coastline between New York and Atlantic City, the place where they recorded much of their new album, The Mollusk. Gene and Dean are more interested in dead jellyfish, rusted beer cans, flotsam and jetsam, dirty syringes and other assorted detritus that washes up. As for the kind people who live near the water? Ween's only interested in the ones who lurk at amusement park freak shows--and even then, only the really twisted ones. The Mollusk was made between rounds of surf-fishing for bluefish and bass--both before and after the water pipes burst in their winter beach house/studio, leaving recording equipment adrift in an indoor flood. Naturally, the album sounds thoroughly soaked. This is Ween's 'wet' album, in much the same way last year's 12 Golden Country Greats was their Nashville album. Songs like "The Golden Eel" and "Ocean Man" mine the water motif quite literally, while the hilarious title track and "Polka Dot Tail" take it one step further, the first by aping the dopey Brit folk mysticism of Donovan's "Atlantis" and the second by lumbering whimsically like "Yellow Submarine." Other tracks, such as the opening ditty "I'm Dancing in the Show Tonight," are more impressionistically soaked: the piano notes sprinkle lightly, the tuba plods like a foot through mud, and the vocals warp as if they were accidentally thrown into the washing machine. Though they're good enough songwriters to play it straight and almost get away with it ("It's Gonna Be" sounds pulled from the Peter Cetera songbook), the Ween boys are at their best on songs like "Mutilated Lips," when they're foraging through the grotesque, the surreal, the outright nasty--anything that titillates their sick sense of humor. They're still guys who get off on weird sounds (such as "Pink Eye"'s vacuum cleaner melody and dog bark percussion) and wiener jokes ("Waving My Dick in the Wind"). And what's most fun for us is hearing how much fun it still seems to be for them. --Roni Sarig

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 24, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HOM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,544 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By B. Convery on February 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When people ask me what is the one ween album that you need, i say that you need all of them. This is the best one, though. ween albums always seem to be a mixed bag as far as musical styles go, ranging drastically between tracks, you never know what is going to happen after the two second silence between songs. that is the beauty of ween, no matter how brown and poop-scented it may be. there have been a few (if not all) ween albums that i hated after the first listen, only to come back a couple of days later begging for more. after you familiarize and get comfortable with it, you come to love it similiar to taking cough syrup.
but the mollusk is on a level of it's own. it is a concept album that is best heard from start to finish. it starts with a little waltzy cover of "dancing in the show tonight". it is an odd place to start, especially hearing the childish vocals. next is "the mollusk", a song that every human with a soul loves upon their first listen. this song brought back man beach memories from my childhood, fishing with uncles, etc. "polka dot tale" is brown and not my favorite, prolly my least on the album. "i'll be your johnny on the spot" is a nice quick tune that makes my gas petal foot push harder. "mutilated lips" is an amazing song that makes me want to burst and implode at the same time. words, aside from its very lyrics, can't descrbe how i feel about this song that has the most amazing (and quite possibly longest) chorus ever. "the blarney stone" hits home for me as well. i'm irish, i drink, and i love rowdy pubs. "It's gonna be" is the intermission for the audience. it is a nice little love song, but feel free to go to the bathroom while it's playing.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David Sheehan on February 21, 2006
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This album is amazing. To me it ranks right up there with the best albums of all time. "The Mollusk," in my mind, sits comfortably with such greats as "Abbey Road," "Before and After Science," "Beggar's Banquet," "Songs in the Key of Life," and "Selling England by the Pound." Ween have shown us that they are indeed the masters of the homage, tackling genres as disparate as adult contemporary ("It's Gonna Be (Alright)"), sea shanty ("She Wanted to Leave (Reprise)"), and progressive rock ("Buckingham Green," which is probably the greatest song Genesis never wrote) all on one 44 minute album. Every song is priceless, but as an album they represent arguably the pinnacle of postmodern rock. Brilliant!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Marc Lahn on August 24, 2001
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I remember the day I bought The Mollusk. I had already been familiar with Ween's inventive, diverse & bitingly sarcstic music since 1992's Pure Guava. It seemed to me that every album since Pure Guava became more and more polished, expansive and exciting. Before buying THE MOLLUSK, Ween had created enough great music, for me, to be a lifelong fan. As I listened to the profound tracks of THE MOLLUSK for that first time, I realized that Ween was now in the league of great rock bands that I had admired all of my life.
Just as "12 Golden Country Greats" was a brilliant and hilarious take on country (If you don't laugh during "Piss Up A Rope", there's something very wrong with you), "THE MOLLUSK" is just as brilliant in it's take on progressive rock. If you enter the album with a quality sense of humor, you'll be taken on a fantastic ride (a perfect marriage of melodic,incredibly catchy music, with the kind of humor that ZAPPA would be proud of.)
... The Mollusk loves it's own irreverence and you will too (if you're cool, that is) Top tracks(to me)are: THE MOLLUSK (like many tracks on this great album, The Mollusk is a brilliantly sarcastic take on the pompous and grandiose lyrics of progressive rock: "Hey little boy come walk with me, and bring your new found mollusk along, does it speaketh of the trinity, can it gaze at the sun with it's wandering eye?" The music is wonderful as well (straight outta '73!)
I'LL BE YOUR JOHNNY ON THE SPOT(I've come up with my own special dance for this intense, kick-ass probably wouldn't want to see the dance.)
MUTILATED LIPS (an absolutely brilliant song reminicent of Pink Floyd, Zappa etc. with fantastic lyrics; the chorus is the highlight. Great riff too!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Alan Pounds on September 9, 2004
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Ween threw everyone a curveball as usual with "The Mollusk". This album is much like it's multi-genre predecessor "Chocolate & Cheese" on the surface. But if you look deeper, you will find that there is a focused nautical concept to the album.

The title track sweeps you off into a harmonious atmosphere early on in the album. Gene and Dean create a universe of soundscapes that tickle yours ears from that point on. "Polka Dot Tail" paints a vivid picture of a whale splashing around in the water. "The Blarney Stone" displays a bar full of drunkin pirates. You can just imagine the beer mugs being thrown around in a drunken haze; I know it was like that when I saw them live. "Mutilated Lips" is probably my favorite track on here. The chorus itself will get stuck in your head, as it is incredibly catchy and captivating. "It's Gonna Be (Alright)", a slower number, sticks with the nautical theme, throwing in sounds of a submarine under the sea. "Waving My D*ck in the Wind" is a very funny pseudo-country style song. "Buckingham Green" is an epic in itself with great lyrics. I can go on and on about every song on this album, they all add to the greatness of The Mollusk.

The songwriting and performance along with the watery concept behind the album make for a very concise and focused gem. The Mollusk will take you away from the world of other boring played out concepts that flood MTV and our radio waves. Some people may look at The Mollusk as a joke album, or misinterpret the purpose of what they do. You just have to look a little deeper. This is truly a unique piece of modern progressive rock. This is Ween's most focused seminal work; it will blow you away.
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