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

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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

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

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By: Jesse Striewski

If ever there was a band that can do whatever it wants artistically, it’s Weezer (fair assessment considering this is technically their fifth self-titled album). Their climb back to the top of the rock charts since reforming in the early 00’s has been nothing short of monumental, and they decided to pay homage to some of their early influences with this latest effort (or perhaps just have a good time with it).

There’s plenty for old school fans to enjoy here; their covers of such ’80s anthems as “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” and “Africa” are all fairly spot on (though the latter has been a tad overplayed already by radio). And the video for their cover of A-Ha’s “Take on Me,” featuring Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard and his band Calpurnia, is simply irresistible. They even dare to take a shot at the King of Pop’s “Billie Jean,” which surprisingly works.

There is a questionable moment or two, though; Their rendition of TLC’s “No Scrubs” is just a tad out of place. But overall, Weezer does most tracks here justice, putting their own spin on each song the only way they know how. My only hope is this album gets a proper release on either vinyl and/or cassette, which is what it truly deserves to be listened to on.

Rating: 3.5 Stars