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Weezer – Weezer (The Red Album)

I’d originally planned to post this review this friday, but after listening to pretty much nothing but his album for about two days, I think I’m ready to give my opinion. If anyone has read anything about Weezer’s latest album, I think you’ll find that most fans and critics are split on their opinions. Some say it’s a messy collection of ideas that’s more style than substance while others believe it to be a triumphant return to Weezer’s offbeat Alternative Rock sound of the 90s. I wouldn’t necessarily rave over this album, nor put it down because for the most part I found this to be a lot of fun and a step in the right direction for these veteran rockers.

The Red Album is quite unlike anything these guys have ever done. I think it’s a big plus to see Weezer trying out new sounds and genres when their last two albums Maladroit and Make Believe weren’t much more than generic rock records. This album has a flair for the unpredictable and though at times it can be a little cluttered, it leaves for a memorable listening experience.

Here we get a little taste of everything from the fun pointless pop/rock of “Troublemaker” and “Everybody Get Dangerous” to the almost epic production of “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” and the 90s esque “Dreamin'”. Why we even get a return to Weezer’s goofy side with “Pork and Beans”. Cuomo is definitely in a good place with his new collection of songs but what about the three songs written and sung by the other members of Weezer? Well first of all “Automatic” (Being the contribution by drummer Patrick Wilson) I’ve actually found to be one my favorite tracks on the album. With it’s tight n’ crunchy guitar work and strong rhythm, Pat’s got quite a knack for kicking out the jam. Scott Shriner’s song is actually not bad either (Although it was co-written by Rivers Cuomo) despite his creepy lyrics like “I’ll be like a brother, I will protect you never disrespect you but if you love then I’ll be here to sex you” Something about being like a brother and then “sexing you” in the same verse doesn’t sit well with me. Brian Bell’s song is the weakest of the bunch, not necessarily because of it’s inoffensive contemporary sound but due to his weak voice. He pretty much sounds like the lead singers of Buckcherry and Collective Soul had a secret love child together.

Basically this is a mildly clever album. It probably could of benefited from a different track order or trimming down a few songs, but for the most part it’s a good ride. Oh and props to Rick Rubin and Jacknife Lee for their slick producing… A nice effort on everyone’s part.

Favorite Tracks: “Troublemaker”, “Pork and Beans”, “Automatic”


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