Weezer return to their ‘Colour’ series of albums with The White Album. Songwriter Rivers Cuomo tells us that it is supposed to be a ‘beach album’, and the energetic power pop thrills it contains would go nicely with a long afternoon on the Los Angeles beaches that inspired it. Out on Crush Music / Atlantic.
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With 'Pinkerton' soundtracking much of my teenage years, Weezer are one of those bands that, despite how little I care for them now, will always make me feel a bit nostalgic. I’ve never been one to sing their praises through the entirety of their often indefensible discography, though, so I didn’t have extremely high hopes, but I expected to approach The White Album with at least some open mindedness.
Having received relatively positive reviews from biased critics all over – including ones from those I usually trust - the assumption was that The White Album couldn’t exactly be shit. On first listen, however, it’s pretty terrible: full of rock cliché’s and cringe inducing lyrics about wanting to get high and “show you some sunshine”. Just no.
With its polished production and a tendency to add the letter ‘z’ instead of ‘s’ on words for added edginess, Rivers and co still appear to have an obsession with California – see ‘California Kids and ‘L.A Girlz’ – but songs of that ilk have been done to death, and in my opinion if they ended after Pet Sounds then it wouldn’t be great loss.
There is nothing really new here, and it seems like they’ve been treading water for some time now. With persistence, though, The White Album has its merits, and is probably some of the best stuff they’ve done in a while. It was never going to be like Pinkerton, obviously, but there are moments here that sometimes capture its restrained chaos and fuzzy melodies, but in all it’s a bit of a disappointment.
8/10 Jack Customer review, 9th April 2016Weezer are the sort of band that are seemingly cursed by their legacy. On one end of the spectrum, a good chunk of their fanbase hold them up to the impossible standards of their first two albums - the rightfully revered The Blue Album and Pinkerton. On the other end, there's a swarm of critics (rightfully) ready to pounce on them every time they drop a Raditude. The band's tenth album, finds Weezer just being Weezer. Without borrowing too much from their past, this self-titled "White" album sounds as if the Weezer of the '90s never left us.
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