The Mollusk (studio album) by Ween

The Mollusk by Ween
Year: 1997
Overall rank: 482nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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83/100 (from 471 votes)
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From 02/26/2022 12:41
Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman AKA Gene and Dean Ween are funny guys and it all comes together here on an album so diverse, so weird, so bizarre, so hilarious yet strangely it somehow blends into something incredibly special that words can’t adequately describe why it works. Its worth listening to for “The Blarney Stone” and “Waving My Dick In The Wind” on their own

Whatever they were on whilst making ‘Mollusk’ I wouldn’t mind trying some
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From 01/29/2022 02:24

Sin llegar a ser sobresaliente, es un disco que se deja escuchar por completo. Estoy sorprendido que me agradó tanto para no parar hasta su fin. Claramente sigo prefiriendo Quebec, pero The Mollusk propone un concepto atractivo, y todas sus canciones (o al menos la mayoría) lo cumple y funciona bien.
Mis highlights fueron Ocean Man, The Blarney Stone, e It's Gonna Be (Alright) Y ahora, algo a lo que me veo forzado a destacar es la versatilidad con la que Ween puede estar tocando una canción sobre andar en pelotas y a la siguiente meterte una canción de desamor depresiva. Claramente solo unas pocas bandas tienen una idiosincrasia similar, muy pocas.
En suma, está interesante el disco. No puedo decir que lo he amado, pero hey, depende de los gustos que se manejen, este puede ser tranquilamente uno de los discos favoritos de cualquier persona que disfrute el rock alternativo tras escucharlo una sola vez. Esas son mis opiniones con respecto a The Mollusk, el disco que quizá el consenso general ubica como el mayor logro de la banda norteamericana Ween.
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From 10/04/2021 19:13
I was expecting more from this record than what I got. It never really found a way to captivate me with some of the songs being to cheesy for my liking. Furthermore, it doesn't feel extremely coherent and each song feels individual rather than a part of a record. This might be one of those records that needs a few listens to truly understand the genius of it but right now I don't see it. It does have its bright spots with some great cuts but overall was disappointing for me.
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From 03/25/2021 00:50
I don't care for their later stuff.
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From 11/29/2020 02:45
When I first heard Mutilated Lips I thought it was pretty much the most badass song ever written.
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From 04/23/2020 19:06
The Mollusk is like a more mature (immature sometimes) version of Flood by They Might Be Giants, lyrically and stylistically. Nothing short of fantastic.
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From 02/19/2020 03:16
its hard not to love this album.
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From 09/06/2019 20:00
Strange, playful, raucous, hypnotic, surreal, goofy, inventive, and conceptually coherent. My favorite distillate of the inimitable Ween project.
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From 06/02/2019 16:01
not the brownest ween album, but it's brown for sure
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From 04/03/2019 19:04
Ah! The Mollusk ... Hipgnosis has certainly not missed his brilliant cover art where an agglomerate of lobsters and other crustaceans of the abyss mingle in a sub-set of the most refined. The title of the tracks pays tribute to the stoic derision that is the soul of the album, including the bright "Waving my dick in the wind". When I discovered Ween (thanks to this album) I immediately laughed but with several listenings I perceived the genius of the band. In this extraordinary album, each piece is a different style from the others. Thus, Ween blithely passes electronic music, folks ballads disturbed, mystical, or just crazy. "The Mollusk" is a little jewel of humor and music, where the skill of these brilliant Ween is revealed with brilliance.


Best track: "Ocean Man"
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