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  • Summary: With this full-length album, Ween move away from their electro-heavy "Friends" EP released earlier this year.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. La Cucaracha is just another sprawling Ween record--fans will love it, neophytes will be confused—but it's the best sprawling Ween record since 1997's "The Mollusk."
  2. La Cucaracha is the sound of Ween cutting loose, reveling in the lower budget and expectations an indie label brings, and playing music that simply sounds good.
  3. 80
    It's better to simply let La Cucaracha happen and enjoy how much Gene and Dean toy with and transgress musical forms while still playing them to a high degree of invention, proficiency and sincerity. [Dec 2007, p.99]
  4. La Cucaracha does feature many songs that center around the theme of relationships, be it ones of love, commerce, murder or spirituality, told in the most dizzying array of musical styles Ween has provided for its listener since "Pure Guava."
  5. 70
    When it comes to creating nuanced and irreverent, yet oddly touching, pop and rock simulacra, no one really touches pseudonymous Pennsylvania duo Gene and Dean Ween, still together after 23 years.
  6. Next to 2003's comparatively straight-shooting "Quebec," Ween's first studio album in four years is flush with quick right turns.
  7. 40
    Instead of psychedelic pop or Princely funk, they regurgitate limp fake reggae, crappy country yee-haw, dorky Eurodance, and nasty New Age. [Dec 2007, p.126]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. DouglasS.
    Aug 31, 2009
    10
    WEEN~The greatest band of all time.
  2. LennyF.
    Jan 29, 2008
    10
    I wasn't convinced the first or second time. Or even the third. But keep listening. La Cucaracha contains the best playing ever recorded by Ween. The band is tight, Deaner is in wicked form, bass and percussion are are tasty as hell. Every track is more than worthy of an honored place in the Ween canon. If you were ever a fan this is a must-have. Don't let anyone convince you that they've lost a step. Quite the opposite, they just keep getting better. Expand
  3. Tooter
    Jan 30, 2008
    10
    Easy to get into and doesn't fade. I am very pleased with this album.
  4. DavidG.
    Oct 27, 2007
    9
    Grows on you like a fungus
  5. treyb.
    Oct 29, 2007
    9
    Long Live The Boognish!!!!!
  6. AntF.
    Feb 12, 2008
    8
    I hope the reviewers from NME and Spin are working for free, because their "expert" opinions aren't worth a dime. Ween have always been misunderstood, and thankfully by mainstreamers. They are the type of band that exist on parody but somehow come away sounding original and progressive. Yes, they are all over the joint, but that makes their stuff all the more interesting. Bottom line.....If you don't see how Mollusk could be a classic, then don't call yourself a music fan. Expand
  7. JasonP
    Jun 9, 2008
    2
    I'm a huge long, long time fan and i don't think it's time to pack it in. They take chances and when you do that you're not going to please everyone. I personally hate the record...i think it's horrible. Expand

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