Quebec is a big leap forward for Ween, although that's not obvious the first time you hear it. Ween is best-known for mixing up genres on their albums (a rock song followed by a soul song, then a punk song, etc.), and for poo-poo jokes and swearing in their lyrics (which is usually called "scatological humor"). That combination has worked well in the past, leading to some of the best albums of the 1990s.
But this time, they've dumped most of the scatology (but retained the humor) and they've blended genres into weird new hybrids. This is the first time they've played music that is unique. You can't pick the genre anymore. The songs have a touch of psychedelia, but most of them are spare and a little slow. There are few rock songs (like the first track) and a fake pop song or two, but most of Quebec sails into strange, moody territory. "Captain," for example, repeats a pair of phrases over a wash of eerie melody. It's beautiful but a little creepy, too. "So Many People in the Neighborhood" starts off like a Sesame Street sing-along and then degenerates into noise. "Zoloft" is a jingle for anti-depressants. The albums also includes two of the best Ween songs ever recorded: "Chocolate Town" and "Transdermal Celebration." They seem to be inspired by Cat Stevens or Jim Croce. Once you hear them, you can't get them out of your head.
Every song works. Whether the music is straightforward or psychedelic, there's never a dull moment. Even the weirdest, most atmospheric songs are catchy in an offbeat way. I recommend this CD to anyone. If you haven't heard Ween before, start with The Mollusk or Chocolate and Cheese. But come back to Quebec, because it's their best.