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CD Review: WEEN

The Deal: On this, their first album in several years, Ween-ers Dean and Gene aim high artistically, and low morally and spiritually. That's typical of these Coen Brothers of rock. Not everyone gets them, but that's part of their charm. As sophomoric as ever, maybe a bit more malicious, you'll either experience some discomfort or chortle with glee as they parody all types of music, this time skewering prog rock, reggae, mariachi, folk and even smooth jazz. On this, their "party" album, all tunes are sandwiched between opener "Fiesta" and closer "Your Party."

The Good: Lots of superlatives here. The arrangements are crisp and intricate. They were great on earlier CD The Mollusk and here, they're nearly as good. Check out the sly, suave "Your Party" complete with lush, sexy David Sanborn sax solo.

The Bad: Some don't get the joke, while others say they're formulaic. There are also some who do get it and don't appreciate it.

The Verdict: It may be a formula but it's fun and it works. These goofy guys are serious musicians and who says disturbing music can't be fun? For those who thought Ween was fading, most would agree that this latest outing shows them back in fine form with playful originality, sparkle and wit. Not a breakthrough, but rather more of the usual. Creepy and disturbing at times (listen and creep out to "Object"), it's a logical and worthy follow-up to their previous, Quebec.

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