As a long time Ween fan, I was blow away by "The Mollusk". It is a weird prog-rock, chamber-pop, fever-dream of a record inhabited by cracked sea shanties, carnival music, and, oddly, a power ballad or two... The first Ween CD that screams "we are not a just a one-joke band", this is a record that reveals the band has more in common with Tom Waits or Mercury Rev than Gwar or Weird Al. Meticulously produced, there are tons of cool sounds buried under the varied musical textures. A great headphone record. Sure, they are still fascinated with penis jokes, beer, and junkfood, but this is a record that should've elevated them to the status of Pavement or Beck. Ween has been one of the most read: one of the only) innovative groups of the 90's, and this is one of that decade's best albums. I'm not sure why Ween is so underappreciated, but, whilst listenening to thier innovative, weird music, one gets the distinct impression that Ween doesn't care. Maybe we shouldn't either, and just enjoy.