On Disc: Ween

Album: La Cucaracha

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

La Cucaracha by Ween

La Cucaracha
Chocodog Records

2.5 stars

Is Ween’s latest album old-school country, cheesy ‘80s techno, or elevator muzak? It seems the band’s goal is to keep listeners scratching their heads.

La Cucaracha opens with the instrumental, horn-filled number “Fiesta.” This Mexican-inspired tune would fit well on a TeleLatino game show. The tune is catchy, but doesn’t belong on a rock disc.

Still, many tracks on La Cucaracha shouldn’t surprise those who have listened to the band before. Ween’s biggest claim to fame is “Push Th’ Little Daisies,” which mostly features the phrase “Push the little daisies and make ‘em come up!” sung over and over in a squeaky voice.

The lyrics on La Cucaracha are similar to “Push Th’ Little Daisies” in quality. The song “Friends,” which sounds a little like Tenacious D in an ‘80s aerobics video, features the words, “A friend’s a friend who knows what being a friend is.” Ween’s songwriting obviously doesn’t feature award-winning lyrics. “Sweetheart” is distinctive " a breezy, steel guitar-laden ode to ‘70s rock music that doesn’t sound like a joke.

If nothing else, Ween deserves praise for its varied style.

For those who enjoy tongue-in-cheek tunes, La Cucaracha may be worth it. If you like your music serious, go elsewhere.

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