Album review: DEAN WEEN GROUP – Rock2

DEAN WEEN GROUP - Rock2

Schnitzel Records [Release date 16.03.18]

Dean Ween, aka Mickey Melchiondo, is one half of the duo behind US band Ween, who split in 2012 and then returned in 2015 with live shows and a live album. This is the second album by the Dean Ween Group, who consist basically of the Ween live band – keyboardist Glenn McClelland, bassist Dave Dreiwitz and drummer Claude Coleman Jr. – plus they are joined by various guests including Electric Six.

Like Ween this is a very varied musical mix, taking in rock ‘n’ roll on opener ‘Showstopper’ with its nifty drumming, via funk meets Hawkwind on ‘Waste Station 9′. The Ween song ‘Don’t Let The Moon Catch You Crying’ is revamped coming across like a classic piece of 70′s West coast music – this song would have been all over US radio back in the day.

A lot of the music could easily be used on soundtracks, for example Quentin Tarantino would love the dirty 70′s funk of ‘Someone Greased The Fatman’, whilst ‘Love Theme From “Skinheads Kicking My Ass” ‘ already has it’s own movie title, it just needs making. As usual PC goes out the window, don’t go playing the country flavoured ‘Pussy On My Pillow’ to any one of a sensitive nature…

Dean Ween said this album represents a snapshot of his song writing in the autumn of 2016 and he has so many musical ideas, which may put some off as ‘Rock2′ covers so many musical areas. An artist captured in full musical flight - strap yourselves in for a musical rollercoaster ride! ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie


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