Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Album Review - Weezer

Weezer – Weezer (The Red Album)
[Geffen; 03/06/2008]

When Weezer told the World that their latest effort was going to be titled “The Red Album” many thought the band's music would dramatically coil back to the good old days where geeks felt truly liberated when hearing the guitar crunches of Rivers Cuomo and Co. Then this whole “this is out most experimental album” quote pushed the boat out even further with anticipation, which seemingly felt like it was the highest it's been for the band for quite some time. So, Weezer (The Red Album) is here and guess what? I think you know the result.

Just when a nice little rhythm sequences and those Weezer guitar chords get going, Cuomo comes out with some lame rant that brings the impotency to the table for all to hear. 'The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)' and lead single 'Pork and Beans' – musically – are Weezer showing signs of strength, but it's left to Cuomo to butcher proceedings with his lack of solidarity on the songwriting front. Let's be honest; who really gives a fuck about the fame of Timbaland?

'Dreamin'' is one of the higher points of the album, with Weezer expanding on their guitar pop sensibility, with that vintage melody making itself known. 'I Thought I Knew' has guitarist Brian Bell at the heart of the vocals, which results in a half decent pop number, while 'The Angel and the One' sees Weezer dropping gears in the tempo, resulting in one of Cuomo's finer constructed songs on the album.

With quality in very sparse amounts, it's evident that Weezer are running out of steam in the ranks of creating something fresh. Although The Red Album seems to be an improvement on the band's 2005 affair, Make Believe, this still doesn't touch the band's back catalogue of work, with 2002's Maladroit culminating in anything of true importance when associating with Weezer.

Simon K

1 comment:

Nick said...

No way. I think this (bar a few songs) is pretty awesome. The lyrics are can be a bit naff but they are funny and good at times. I liked it.