Shinola, Vol. 1
Shinola Vol. 1 is a collection of leftovers from various Ween projects – most of these songs are genuinely unheard before, although some material had previously been featured on the internet only Craters of the Sac. Because Ween are already very eclectic, and this compilation spans early sounding 4-track material and later more polished work and only exacerbates the diversity, it’s very difficult to make generalisations about it.
Some of Shinola top tier – the Thin Lizzy pastiche ‘Gabrielle’, the Prince inspired ‘Monique The Freak’, and ‘Someday’ are all very strong. ‘Did You See Me’ is pretty and Pink Floyd inspired, while ‘I Fell In Love Today’ is smooth and retro. I’m less enamored by the early low fi repetitive material like ‘Tastes Good On The Bun’ and there’s also flat out weird material like ‘Israel’, which mixes smooth saxophone with Jewish lyrics.
Due to its uneven nature, Shinola easily ranks as one of Ween’s weaker efforts, but it’s well worth hearing highlights like ‘Gabrielle’ and ‘Monique The Freak’.