Amputation has never been so liberating. Dean and Gene Ween may not be feeling like worldbeaters lately, but they've just issued what's arguably their best album: Quebec, a long-player as psychedelically adventurous as the Beatles' White Album, as warm and hopeless as any of Syd Barrett's cockeyed, pastoral musings, and more American-sounding than anything released by the Band and the Grateful Dead combined. "It's Gonna Be a Long Night" storms out of the gates Lemmy-style, in praise of black-and-blue oblivion, only to shift 180 degrees for the soothing track that follows -- an ode to "Zoloft." Having mastered every conceivable permutation of the musical spectrum this side of the Gregorian chant, Ween reins in its snarkier tendencies for a goof on shut-ins ("So Many People in the Neighborhood") and updates The Pod's 1991 "Awesome Sound" with three minutes' worth of funny and deliberately irritating start/stop instrumental Weenness ("The F**ked Jam"). More independent now than the namesake province of its eighth album, Ween still astounds.
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