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  • Summary: The Pennsylvania band releases the EP in advance of a full studio album in the fall.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Ever the brilliant craftsmen, Gene and Dean display a sharp eye for genre-specific details, offering just the right amounts of cheese and hooks (not to mention their trademark vulgarity) on splendidly stupid songs.
  2. As a summer stopgap for their new full-length this fall, Friends. works fine. The title track is quality, plus their fanbase eats this shit up.
  3. In the end this is a nice EP to play and a timely release considering the season and what they're releasing it right before.
  4. This record lacks a single guitar-driven rock song, instead spoofing saccharine dance-pop and exotic tropical genres.
  5. This can’t be recommended for anyone but a pretty serious fan.
  6. The rest of this collection floats between funny and worthless, tending much more towards the latter by the EP's close.
  7. They seem to have packed up that cleverness with their Scotchgard bongs and headed straight for the wishy-washy world of adult contemporary without even knowing it.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Sep 8, 2010
    One of Ween's best albums. The title track is an excellent disco beat; I Got to Put the Hammer Down is a real cool techno rock groove; The only clunker is 'King Billy' which drags on with a repetitive hook and no chorus; Light Me Up is an amazing samba rock song; and Slow Down Boy is a great 80s ballad. Ween should do more albums like this. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Aug 12, 2007
    Not their best work, but a decent stop-gap for hardcore fans.
  3. MarkB
    Aug 30, 2007
    They are nowhere near adult contemporary. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I heard the title track, but after a few spins I was laughing because they have proved they can play virtually anything. La Cucaracha will be all new songs, I think this is merely a teaser, a bit of filler for a laugh. Expand
  4. DavidG.
    Aug 8, 2007
    First track is fantastic; rest sounds like white pepper outtakes. Note that they have not been playing any of these songs live.
  5. ChristopherD.
    Aug 16, 2007
    3 out of the 5 songs are good but not the typical weird stuff that ween is known for, I wish they would head back into stuff that is more brown zone.