What happens when a joke on the internet gets just a little too much traction? Please direct your attention to Weezer‘s covers album, ‘Teal Album’.
What initially began as a joke petition almost begging the band to release a cover of Toto‘s hit ‘Africa’ has sparked a surprise collection of ten iconic songs, ranging from Ben E. King‘s ‘Stand By Me’ to TLC‘s ‘No Scrubs’. The result is an interesting listen to say the least.
It acts very much as an homage to the original artists rather than any real attempt to make the songs their own, but even without the spark of originality usually demanded from a cover song, the impressive production and attention to detail is an achievement in itself, and Weezer have clearly put their work in. What makes the album more impressive is the fact that they managed to record and release it in the run up to their thirteenth full-length, ‘Black Album’.
What seems to be a random selection of songs of a variety of genres turns out to be a carefully crafted series of ten tracks that Weezer have, while not changing up too much of the originals, all blended seamlessly into each other to fit together in one album wonderfully. That is with the exception of an almost flawless imitation of ‘Paranoid’ (Black Sabbath), which fits aggressively between ‘Happy Together’ (The Turtles) and before ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ (Electric Light Orchestra). Still, this juxtaposition somehow works incredibly well and is a welcome inclusion in an otherwise softer and relaxed album.
Have Weezer delivered anything groundbreaking with the ‘Teal Album’? No. Not really. It’s all very much a background project, albeit a very well done one with impeccable planning and production, and it was undoubtedly a fun project worked on without the intent to please everyone, which, at twelve albums into a career, is totally understandable.
What they have succeeded at, however, is celebrating a bunch of classic songs that everyone knows and loves but may have slipped to the back of their minds, thereby bringing them back into the spotlight and giving some recognition to a wide array of artists. Truly remarkable in its arrangement and its delivery, Weezer‘s ‘Teal Album’ is an enjoyable album, provided you don’t take it too seriously, and will definitely get fans primed for the forthcoming ‘Black Album’ this March.