The Deaner Album

The Deaner Album

by The Dean Ween Group

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Overview

Far from running away from the persona of Dean Ween -- the stage name adopted when he was a teenager -- guitarist/singer Mickey Melchiondo runs straight into it, christening his first-post Ween project the Dean Ween Group and naming their debut record The Deaner Album. Like Freeman, the 2014 debut album by his partner Aaron Freeman -- the duo were separated when Melchiondo wrote and recorded the material for this 2016 album but reunited by the time it was released -- The Deaner Album illustrates precisely what Melchiondo brought to Ween...namely, much of the band's brown sound. Designed as a showcase for Melchiondo's guitar playing -- there are three instrumentals scattered throughout the album, two named explicitly after idols Dickey Betts (the Allman Brothers Band) and Garry Shider (Parliament-Funkadelic) -- The Deaner Album does provide plenty of examples of his six-string prowess, including the clean, lively picking of "Shwartze Pete." The title of that song also suggests how often The Deaner Album trades in cheerful vulgarity, a practice that can't help but recall classic Ween. Often, the album takes detours into madness: the hyperkinetic novelty "Exercise Man" sets the album off to a frenzied start, while "Gum," a de facto sequel to "Candy," provides a garish counterpoint to the heavy rock that surrounds it. None of these thick rockers sound alike: "Charlie Brown" is a swirling circle of doom, "I'll Take It and Break It" punishes with its stomping riff, "Bums" races along, while "Nightcrawler" revels in its menacing depravity. All this makes The Deaner Album sound a little excessive but there are also moments of madcap pop ("Bundle of Joy," "You Were There"), twisted country ("Tammy"), and funk ("Mercedes Benz"), all parceled out with expert pacing, so the album plays like a drunken, giddy party.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2016
Label: Ato Records
UPC: 0880882269920
catalogNumber: 822699
Rank: 64331

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dean Ween Group   Primary Artist
Chuck Treece   Drums
Carol Brooks   Vocals
Dave Dreiwitz   Bass
Bill Foster   Guitar
Michael Hampton   Guitar
Curt Kirkwood   Guitar,Vocals
John Michel   Drums,Vocals
Claude Coleman   Drums
Dean Ween   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Bill Fowler   Guitar,Vocals
Michael Jude   Bass,Vocals
Joe Kramer   Guitar
Gabe Monago   Bass
Ralph Liberto   Horn
Guy Heller   Vocals
Glenn McClelland   Piano,Keyboards
Ray Kubian   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Stephen Haas   Keyboards
Scott Rednor   Guitar,Vocals
Tim Nayfield   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Juno Manson   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

George Clinton   Composer
Garry Shider   Composer
Michael Melchiondo   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Mark Adams   Layout

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