REVIEW: Weezer releases new album

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The American band released their ninth album ‘Everything Will be Alright in the End’ on Oct. 7.
Band goes back to their roots

By Dakota Palmer
Staff Writer/Spectator

For the last four years, alternative rock band Weezer has been on tour in Australia, Canada and the United States, leaving them seemingly little time to produce an album. However, on Oct. 7, Weezer released their ninth studio album, “Everything Will Be Alright in the End.”

Weezer is comprised of lead vocalist and lead guitarist Rivers Cuomo, drummer Patrick Wilson, rhythm guitarist and back-up vocalist Brian Bell and bassist Scott Shriner. The band was founded by Cuomo and Wilson in 1992, and they released their first album in 1994.

Weezer’s sound has not really changed too much in the last 20 years, but it has changed enough that the band is ready to go back to their pre-Pinkerton sounds. This album is more a testament to their old roots, and some lyrics on their songs are dedicated to their fans.

Frontman Cuomo has stated that the album has three themes: his relationship with his fans, his relationship with women and his relationship with his father.

The first song to be released from the album, “Back to the Shack” is a great Weezer rock tune, but has the heartfelt lyrics, “Sorry guys I didn’t realize that I needed you so much/I thought I’d get a new audience, I forgot that disco sucks…I’m letting all of these feelings out even if it means I fail/Cause this is what I was meant to do and you can’t put that on sale.” This song is mainly an apology to the band’s fans. Cuomo felt as though he should apologize for the direction he took the band in musically, and this is their declaration of saying they’re back. 

“Da Vinci” is one of the songs on the album that deals with Cuomo’s relationship with women. It is a fairly sweet song with a slower melody. Cuomo’s soft voice is combined with lyrics, “Even Da Vinci couldn’t paint you/Stephen Hawking can’t explain you/Rosetta Stone could not translate you/I’m at a loss for words”.

The song is cute, and still has the classic Weezer rock chorus.

Finally, the song “Foolish Father” deals with Cuomo’s relationship with his father.

It has more of an indie or alternative sound than a rock song. It is very angsty, but is semi-sweet. Some lyrics from this song are, “Forgive your foolish father/He did the best that he could do/You are his daughter/He’d do anything for you.”

Overall, the band did a pretty good job on this album. It has a mixture of sounds, and includes songs that sound like they belong on “Pinkerton” or “Green Album.”

The best part of the album is their acknowledgment of the fact that they took some wrong turns musically, but hopefully they are here to stay.

Dakota Palmer is the staff writer for The Spectator. She can be reached by ae.spectator@gmail.com