I’m not gonna lie; when I first heard Weezer were coming out with a new album I was slightly apprehensive. After a slew of albums released in the mid 2000’s that were met with cool reception/reviews, Weezer seemed to have maybe lost their groove within the music world, a trap most bands from the 90’s fall into, trying to secure new fans while trying to appease their old fans. But this isn’t the case.
The mid-2000’s were a strange time, everyone made experimental choices in music and Weezer is the perfect example. Within this time we witnessed Beverly Hills from 2005’s Make Believe, The Red Album (2008) which featured vocals from all four members, Raditude (2009), and 2010’s Hurley…yes it is Hurley or “Hugo” (Jorge Garcia) from Lost on the cover. Don’t get me wrong, there were a few gems to be found on each album, I will always defend (If You’re Wondering If I Want You to) I Want You To as a great song on Raditude.
Everything Will Be Alright in the End is a return to the quintessential Weezer sound; honesty and downright loneliness spat out with tongue and cheek lyrical prowess. The first single off the album Back to the Shack is the band’s epiphany and not so subtle apology with the opening lyrics “sorry guys I didn’t realize I needed you so much” acknowledging instead of trying to get a new audience Weezer needs to do what Weezer does best, and that is Rivers Cuomo should just play guitar and Patrick Wilson should play the drums. Back to the Shack is self-referential Weezer at their finest, nodding to their triumphant debut in 1994 and the iconic strat with the lightning strap.
EWBAITE is a return to old Weezer in more than just sound, reuniting with Ric Ocasek who produced their debut album Weezer (The Blue Album 1994) and 2001’s Weezer (The Green Album), the collaboration between the group and Ocasek continues to be a successful move. EWBAITE is their strongest release in over a decade, with the wonderful awkwardness and naivety that was instilled in classics such as The Blue Album and Pinkerton.
The theme throughout the album is a continuous wave of what Weezer sings about best; abandonment issues, a broke relationship with River’s father, and the lacking for the need of approval. I’ve had it up to Here, although a bit dramatic, displays bitterness and contempt. Co-written with Darkness’ Justin Hawkins, it is a 3 minute falsetto piece about the unappreciative masses, and Rivers not subtle; “I don’t want to pend up to the masses anymore, don’t want the world to love me.”
The charm that has always existed in Weezer’s lyrics is the honesty, an honesty that stems from loneliness, heartbreak, relationships and now, 20 years after their debut coming to terms with growing older. The second release from the album Cleopatra, leaving a codependent relationships and new awareness of the impermanence within one’s life. In classic Weezer style, EWBAITE delivers poppy power rock tunes laced with cheesy and needy lyrics evident in the chorus of Da Vinci and in Go Away featuring Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino.
Everything Will Be Alright in the End is Weezer’s triumphant return to the power-pop rock band that they once were and still are. Revel in the ironic genius that is Weezer:
Review by Jennifer Carson |