Saying that Weezer‘s last couple of albums are sub-par is being generous really. The band really did push fans over the limit with the cringingly commercial ‘Make Believe’, the aimless and confused ‘Red Album’ and ‘Hurley’, and ‘Raditude’ was just a series of sonic mistakes. However, there looked like there was hope when the single ‘Back To The Shack’ came out, where frontman Rivers Cuomo pretty much apologises for the last couple of records. Whether you think he should grow some balls and stand up for his previous artworks or think that it’s an apology well deserved, one thing is for sure; their new album ‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End’ just about makes up for the lost years.
Starting with a kooky sample of the album’s name into a full on pop-rock belter with the genuine sincerity that Weezer have been missing, ‘Ain’t Got Nobody’ feels like a band jamming and having fun again rather than trying to impress or gain fans. That’s why ‘EWBAITE’ champions the past few Weezer albums. It’s not that Cuomo‘s lyrics are better, because they’re still goofy. It’s not that the songs are catchier (even though they clearly remembered how to write a good chorus again), either. It’s because this album has a genuine feel that we haven’t seen in Weezer since arguably their second album, ‘Pinkerton’.
‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End’ feels more like the ‘Blue Album’ than any other Weezer album since, and it has that rustic and nerdy raw feel with songs like ‘Lonely Girl’ and ‘Cleopatra’. While it definitely lacks the consistency of their 1994 debut and there are a couple of fluff moments, it’s better than previous attempts which were chock-full of filler. Mostly, it’s good though, and tracks like ‘The British Are Coming’, ‘Da Vinci’ and the three part jam at the end of the album are all really enjoyable and could easily end up in your essential Weezer playlist.
Weezer have managed to recapture the nerd-rock magic from their early days, even though this album probably sits closer to the basic ‘Green Album’ rather than the debut on the pedestal. ‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End’ isn’t a seminal Weezer work, but it’s what we should expect from them at this point in their career.
Written by Jack King (@Jackingy)