Four years since their last release, alt-rock/emo legends Weezer have returned with their new album ‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End‘. Originally, the band planned on releasing a new album in 2011. However, the album was shelved in order to give frontman Rivers Cuomo more time to write the record. Three years later, Weezer when back to their roots by bringing on board producer Ric Ocasek who produced the bands first and third albums known respectively as ‘The Blue Album‘ and ‘The Green Album‘.
After debuting the first single ‘Back To The Shack‘ in late July, it generated a lot of buzz due to the apologetic lyrics like “I’m sorry guys, I didn’t realise that I needed you so much, I thought I’d get a new audience, I forgot that disco sucks”. The chorus of the song also got a lot of fans hopeful, simply with the words “rocking out like it’s ’94”, giving the impression Weezer were returning to their most popular era.
Largely, this album fills those wishes. Tracks like ‘Lonely Girl’ feature a very personal narrative combined with Weezer’s trademark beefy riffs and intricate slightly distorted solos. The album also features a heavy amount of gang vocals and harmonies on tracks like ‘I’ve Had It Up To Here’ (co-written by The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins) and the opening track ‘Ain’t Got Nobody’.
The album also features some softer songs such as ‘Go Away’ which features vocals from Best Coast’s Bethany Consentino and sounds like a slower version of ‘I’m Always Gonna Love You’ from The Muppets Take Manhattan. The track ‘Cleopatra’ opens with softly sung vocals over an acoustic guitar before quietly introducing the rest of the band and gradually increasing in volume.
The final three tracks are collectively titled ‘The Futurescope Trilogy’ made up from ‘I. The Waste Land’, a two minute instrumental track followed up by ‘II. Anonymous’. Opening with a soft piano, a gentle hum from Rivers and high pitched guitars, it builds into a high tempo track with few but very catchy lyrics. The final track is another instrumental titled ‘III. Return To Ithaka’, again opening with a slightly slower intro the track. Much like it’s preceding track, it quickly gains speed and follows it nicely.
Though Weezer may have been aiming to return their most popular era of The Blue Album and Pinkerton, I think we all have to accept that after twenty years those days are gone. However, a lot of these songs would not at all feel out of place on any record before their 2008 self titled release known as The Red Album. With all of these tracks on the same record, it makes it, with no shadow of a doubt, their best work since that anywhere between 2001 and 2005.
Rating: 7 out of 8