Ween returns to the scene with "Shinola, Vol. 1", a collection of outtakes from past Ween albums. That doesn't sound too appealing at first, but it's actually more of a rewarding listen than "Quebec" (2003) and "White Pepper" (2000). Just because they are outtakes doesn't mean they're any less enjoyable or impressive. These tunes were simply left off of albums because they didn't fit into the repertoire, concept, or the overall feel of it's studio counterpart. In fact, these songs hardly feel like a mix tape of unreleased material. The variety of song choices, engineering, mastering and track order makes it feel like a classic Ween record from start to finish.
Brown would be the descriptive term when labeling the first cut, "Tastes Good on th' Bun". That and "Big Fat Fu*k" sound like classic freak-out songs from "God Ween Satan" or "The Pod". Then you get the opposite end of the spectrum with gorgeous songs like "I Fell in Love Today", the hypnotic "Did You See Me?", the avante garde "Israel", or the sultry "Someday". Those songs are more progressive and chilled out. Then you get your hard rockers like "Monique the Freak" with a gnarly guitar solo from Dean, or the Thin Lizzy inflicted "Gabrielle" (which is my current favorite). "Boys Club" is a fun little pop tune with insanely catchy elements. "How High Can You Fly" and "Transitions" sound the closest to "White Pepper" or "Quebec", so there is really something here for everyone.
"Shinola, Vol. 1" is another fine addition to Ween's already classic discography. If you are into the band at all, I have no doubt you will enjoy it. For new listeners, I would probably recommend "Chocolate and Cheese" or "The Mollusk" first, but this one is right up there. The bottom line is...don't sleep on this fine record; it's pure gold.