Album Review: Weezer – Black Album (Atlantic Records/Crush Music)

Weezer

By: Jesse Striewski

Alas, I was finally able to dedicate some time to the much-talked about Black Album from everybody’s favorite nerd-rockers Weezer. And you know what? It not only surpasses their last effort, but also manages to be one of those rare albums where you literally cannot wait to hear if the next track will be as good as the last.

Just one month after releasing a completely admirable covers album, they manage to arrange a decent amount of irresistibly catchy tracks. Although the video for first single “High as a Kite” is without a doubt fun (complete with the band performing on a Mr. Rodgers-inspired TV set), the song itself doesn’t even do fair justice representing the Black Album as a whole. Sure there’s a couple of tracks that don’t quite hit the mark as effectively as others, but some of the best songs the band has actually penned in years can be found here, including “Living in LA,” “Zombie Bastards,” “I’m Just Being Honest,” and “California Snow.”

If you’re one of those ignorant stooges who still think they’re “too cool” to listen to Weezer, just shut up and open your mind already.

Rating: 4 Stars

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