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Everything is not alright on Weezer’s new album

October 16, 2014

 

Everything Will Be Alright In the End  – Weezer – Courtesy of Republic Records

Everything Will Be Alright In the End – Weezer – Courtesy of Republic Records

BRENNEN LEGE
Staff Reporter

 

At age 44, Weezer front man Rivers Coumo is still trying to find ways to reinvent his music, even if it means looking to the past for answers.

 

“Everything Will Be Alright In The End,” Weezer’s ninth studio album, recaptures the successful blueprint of their earlier work; angst-ridden teenage narratives embedded into power pop anthems.

 

If listeners judge this album on Weezer’s ability to deliver good old-fashioned ‘90s hit singles, then this album was a success.

 

If listeners judge this album on Weezer’s ability to innovate, push boundaries or take risks in any way, then this album failed.

 

Either way, “Everything Will Be Alright” is 22 years and five albums too late because of Weezer’s inability to deliver a project anyone would want to listen to outside of 1999.

 

“Sorry guys, I didn’t realize that I needed you so much,” Coumo sings. “I thought I’d get a new audience, I forgot that disco sucks. I ended up with nobody and I started feeling dumb.”

 

That quote comes from the album’s single, “Back to the Shack,” a song in which Coumo apologizes to Weezer’s fan base. He wants them to know the blunders of Weezer’s past would be righted and lost fans could return to the bandwagon.

 

Where did Weezer’s fans go? Not counting the diehards, who will buy whatever the band releases, the lyrics are targeted at fans who have been disappointed with the band’s recent work.

 

To clarify, the band’s first two albums, “Weezer,” known by most fans as “The Blue Album” and “Pinkerton,” are universally acclaimed by most professional critics.

 

“Pinkerton” aggregated a score of 100 on Metacritic, meaning a lot of paid critics really, really liked it. After those two albums, none of Weezer’s releases glimpsed the same level of praise.

 

Just to reiterate, that was in 1996.

 

It seems from a critical standpoint Weezer has been getting by with mediocrity for years now and is just now realizing it.

 

From a commercial standpoint, they have been able to put out pop hits and stay in the music scene but have not been able to put together a solid album since.

 

Not wanting to get unnecessarily deep into to the back-story for “Everything Will Be Alright,” listeners will be able to enjoy what the album is presenting.

 

The songs are easy to digest and the  lyrics are catchy and the melodies are clean and simple.

 

If Weezer wanted to show their command of a now vintage late-90s, early-00s pop rock sound a lot of listeners grew up to, they are definitely at the forefront.

 

Too bad they are really the only mainstream act trying to go for that sound. It is not a style that is very interesting or relevant in the music scene anymore.

 

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