La Cucaracha is not a bad album, it is just not up to Ween standards. Ween has been blowing us away with amazing music for many years and this album just feels like a let down. Had it been an experiment of some other band, it may have been spectacular. Unfortunately, it just doesn't work. Of course, there are still a few songs that will bring you back to the good old days...
Fiesta is a good, interesting way to begin the album with an instrumental. Its not the best but not the worst track, either.
Blue Balloon is very good, it has the Ween spirit, with weird sounds and lyrics that can keep you moving.
The version of Friends on the EP Friends Ep was so much better than this one! It was faster and more upbeat, this sounds like Ween got stoned and wanted to cover someone elses song then couldn't think of anyone else so they just covered their own song.
Object is very good too. When they played it live, it obviously had more enthusiasm and feeling, but this song definitely deserves to be on the album.
Learning To Love has potential but falls way short and just gets annoying after a few seconds. You're much better off with 12 Golden Country Greats.
With My Own Bare Hands is kind of La Cucaracha's Blarney Stone from The Mollusk. It's offensive and dirty and awesome.
The Fruit Man is fun, and kind of funny, a bit slow and would fit well on Shinola, vol. 2.
Spirit Walker is one of my favourite tracks. At first I hated it and thought it was a cheap knock-off of the more abstract songs from Quebec. It almost sounded like they were trying to sound like Cher... But anyway, after several listens, I love it!
And what better way to follow up a good track with the ABSOLUTE WORST WEEN SONG EVER??? Shamemaker is pathetic. I understand the concept of doing parodies of other noises, but when you sing in that nasal, emo, California boy-band voice, it just makes you look like a novelty act. I'm sorry, but I hate this song.
Lullaby is a good song, it reminds me of She's Your Baby, only slower and cleaner and weirder. And of course not quite as good as anything on White Pepper.
Woman And Man is the jam song on the album. It kind of bugged me at first but then I gave it another chance and it grew on me.
Your Party, the last track, is probably the best one. It definitely puts you in the mood to move...
Overall: Ween fans (you already have it because you are a Ween fan), anyone else (go buy the other albums first before you mess with this one Chocolate and Cheese, The Pod, Pure Guava, Shinola, Vol. 1, God Ween Satan-Anniversary Edition), and the others listed above.
I give it 3 out of 5 because it is Ween and there are some good songs, but it's very disappointing.