13 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Weezer return to their roots here, hiring back original producer Ric Ocasek of The Cars to mold their indelible hooks into sleek punk rock–based new wave hits. Leader Rivers Cuomo mostly ditches his experimental side and focuses on guitar-based rock songs. “Eulogy for a Rock Band” celebrates the music’s potential brilliance. “Lonely Girl” features a blazing guitar solo, and “I’ve Had It Up to Here” shows off Cuomo’s expansive vocal range. Ocasek and Cuomo clearly understand one another and together know how to get the best from every song; even the prog-rock trilogy that ends Weezer’s ninth studio album is kept tight.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Weezer return to their roots here, hiring back original producer Ric Ocasek of The Cars to mold their indelible hooks into sleek punk rock–based new wave hits. Leader Rivers Cuomo mostly ditches his experimental side and focuses on guitar-based rock songs. “Eulogy for a Rock Band” celebrates the music’s potential brilliance. “Lonely Girl” features a blazing guitar solo, and “I’ve Had It Up to Here” shows off Cuomo’s expansive vocal range. Ocasek and Cuomo clearly understand one another and together know how to get the best from every song; even the prog-rock trilogy that ends Weezer’s ninth studio album is kept tight.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
768 Ratings
768 Ratings
231levels ,

Shack, Cleopatra, Teezers, Rick Ocasek...yep.

This is before the release of the album, but based on what we have...we wont be let down (unless you're one of the die hard fans of 90s Weezer that thinks Matt Sharp is the ulimate solution.

Back to The Shack is a strong, powerful radio jam with a chorus that you'll be singing for days without any shame. A killer bridge and solo and a decent piece of powerpop.

Cleopatra, returns to the bands roots but adds new twists such as odd time signatures, sound effects and experimentally charming lyrics.

The album will be the best post-Pinkerton release no doubt, and it may come close or to being jusst as good as Blue or Pinkerton, though it may have some different sounds. It will have the influence and energy of the 90s days of the band. Check out the "teezers" online. I think Rivers and the guys finally accepted that the mindset they had in the early years was totally acceptable and Rick Ocasek has a significant influence on the album.

LuckyChucky85 ,

Masterpiece

This is a surprisingly great record after a highly forgettable period in Weezer's history. This album should satisfy old (90's) and new Weezer fans alike. As one of the former, I can say this has been a long time coming.

The album has heavy elements of 90's Weezer with a surprisingly palatable mix of the new stuff. On the whole, it yields an album that represents the very best of their entire catalogue.

This album is not without a few quirks, such as the main riff in Da Vinci, and the ironic fact that Back to the Shack sounds nothing like classic Weezer despite the lyrics, "... Rocking out like it's '94". I find myself enjoying the latter half of the record more than the first, but that's not to say the first few tracks aren't enjoyable. In summary, this record is Weezer's best work since Pinkerton. It's a good notch above Green.

Essential tracks: Foolish Father, Go Away, British Are Coming, Had It Up To Here, and Futurescope Trilogy.

Gopmattrick ,

Classic

Long time Weezer fan, just listened to entire album on ITunes Radio.....Easily the strongest since Pinkerton, and may even surpass it, in my opinion. Tell your friends, tell the British even, that Weezer is back to sound we have been waiting 18 years for!

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