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Production-wise, this is the most polished the band have ever produced.
They don’t care if we think they’re stuck in a time warp, and you wouldn’t care either if you were having this much fun.
"It’s all kind of been, ‘Oh man, why’d you put saggy tits on your cover’ or whatever. 'Are you thirteen?! Have you ever had a girlfriend? Are you even a person?' But yeah, that’s the story behind the picture.”
If you ever wished Ween would tone it down and grow up a little (though why would you?), then this’d be damn near perfect.
His love for teen goth morbidity and pre-fabricated phrases is undiminished, and his way with big choruses and his blending of pop-punk with The Cure is as savvy and enjoyable as it’s ever been.
On the whole, there aren’t many surprises here, but this is a great collection of simple, honest, urgent, soulful tunes by a chap who’s doing this for the best of reasons.
Turner and co. put on a tremendous show to a packed Manning Bar. You get the feeling the next album they tour out here will be to much bigger venues.
So it was only in the last couple of minutes that I actually looked and went, ‘Fucking hell! This is enormous.’ But yeah, it felt good.