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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000ADXEC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,335 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It's Gonna Be A Long Night
2. Among His Tribe
3. Tried and True
4. So Many People In The Neighborhood
5. Captain
6. Hey There Fancy Pants
7. Happy Colored Marbles
8. I Don't Want It
9. Chocolate Town
10. Transdermal Celebration
11. The Fucked Jam
12. Zoloft
13. The Argus
14. If You Could Save Yourself (You'd Save Us All)
15. Alcan Road

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On Ween's eighth studio album, they return to the "browner side" of things, i.e. their predilection for weirdness, both creepy and cheerful that has largely been absent since Chocolate & Cheese. Like their last studio album, White Pepper, some of the best

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How does one encapsulate the mischievous musical conceits of Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo, aka Gene and Dean Ween? Infinitely less self-conscious than the smirky They Might Be Giants, yet possessed of a downright Zappa-esque sense of the perverse, Ween returns here from the problematic, if illusory, mainstreaming that characterized 2000's White Pepper to embrace an artistic tack that seems as focused as an errant cluster bomb. While eclecticism for its own sake has often yielded painful self-indulgence, G&D's is sublime enough to seem virtually pre-conscious. The white-trash thrash of "It's Gonna Be a Long Night" dispenses with the expected parody quotient early on, shrewdly clearing the stage for moody doses of psychedelia that are variously driving ("Transdermal Celebration"), dirgy ("Among His Tribe"), and languorously eerie ("Captain"). But, perhaps conscious of reputations to be maintained, those dreamy, chem-friendly spells are variously broken by the perfect '70s country-pop of "Chocolate Town," the pocket epic "The Argus," and tracks that somehow recall both Captain Beefheart and their own haphazard side-career scoring cartoons and other TV fare. There's something here for everyone, to be sure--but closer to Ween's antic hearts, something to annoy everyone as well. --Jerry McCulley

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By SPM on Dec 11 2003
Format: Audio CD
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.
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I've enjoyed Ween for years, but didn't really consider myself a big fan. I listened to a track here and there, took in one of their live performances (an incredibly good one), and snickered at their oddly appropriate cameo in the movie "It's Pat," but over the years I didn't buy, or even listen to, each new release. "Quebec" has changed that. This is one of landmark albums that wins over indifferent or uncommitted listeners and sets them to exploring the band's earlier releases. Nearly every track stands well on its own and, Ween being Ween, bears little resemblence to the others, bouncing happily and haphazardly though genres and styles. The results will be half-baked to some, but heaven if you find it easy to reconcile heavily 70's retro-sounding, dreamy, beautiful songs like "Tried and True" and "Transdermal Celebration" with quirky, fun pieces like "So Many People in the Neighborhood" and "The F**ked Jam." Say goodbye to Top 40 drivel forever. Buy some Ween.
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By A Customer on Nov. 18 2003
Format: Audio CD
I can't even imagine why this album isn't huge, but then again mainstream rock n roll has dove headfirst into a barrel of donkey do so now everytime a completely brilliant band comes along and does some amazing things they'll go by without a glance leaving people wondering why The Beatles were the last good rock band, well I do mention the Beatles cause Ween are just as good and maybe even better (I could only wonder what type of hate mail I'd get for this one).
The first song here is Its Gonna Be A Long Night which sounds exactly like Motorhead, while lots will say its a joke, the lyrics maybe but the music is not, this song is played with the same fierce speed and aggression as Lemmy and the boys and it rocks, its supposed to rock. ARgghgh oh no, I've just been stumped in this review, this is something so good writing about it would take up tons of space and would turn into rambling, there's so much on this album if you're new to Ween I would say buy this one right now and hear some real rock n roll. If you aren't new to Ween force people you know to buy this.
This is rock n roll played by guys who play because they love to rock, not make money and get 60 dollar haircuts and endorsements from KRAFT and MCDONALDS and their mugs on that piece of garbage called Rolling Stone (which gave this album a 2 while singing big mighty praises of, get this, SMASHMOUTH).
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By Banned for life on Nov. 14 2003
Format: Audio CD
This, by far, is the mellowest Ween album ever. It lacks the harsh intensity of, say, God Ween Satan, or Pure Guava. But it's beautiful. Listening to this, a bizarre movie, about two guys finding their way in life, Ween the soundtrack to their adventures comes to mind. The opening, rockin' "It's gonna be a long night" clears the palate of bad top 40 that seeps into your brain whenever venturing out into public places, making way for the chilling "Zoloft". "Transdermal Celebration", "Among his Tribe" are instant favorites, and "So many people in the neighborhood" is a good companion on a mix (Cd,Mp3,tape,etc) to "Voodoo lady". "Tried and True", also hauntingly sweet, but make way for "Happy Colored Marbles", this gem should end up in a sick, twisted romantic comedy someday soon. "Captain" slows you down just enough for "Chocolate Town", "I don't want it", and trick your friends at a party with "The F**ked Jam", "Alcan Road" "The Argus" are quite pleasing as well, but the highlight of this album is "If you could save yourself(you could save us all)", it reminds me somehow of Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd, especially the line "I left you a note, but I wrote it in disappearing ink", this could have easily been something off of "Meddle" (somebody else said this first, of course) or the "Final Cut" This isn't your average Ween album, but your girlfriend won't make you shut it off in the car.
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