Picked up the new weezer album on my way home from work tonight. This one’s clever titled weezer, and has thusly been dubbed The Red Album. I’ve listened through the whole thing once, and have been working my way through it a second time. My first reaction is extremely positive. It’s definitely more varied stylistically, and quite a bit more ambitious than their last several releases. Dare I say it’s their best since Pinkerton? I hope it holds up on repeat listens.
Songs range from typical weezer fare, to the Red Hot Chili Pepper tinged rap-rock of Everybody Get Dangerous, which doesn’t sound that interesting I realize, but somehow gets pulled off. I applaud the courage of weezer in trying something new and outside of their norm. My two favorites thus far would have to be The Greatest Man That Ever Lived and Dreamin’, both of which are epic songs that range all over the spectrum of sound that is weezer.
In a weezer first, Rivers steps back and relinquishes the reigns to allow fellow band-mates the privilege of trying their hand at lead vocals for a change (tracks 7, 8 and 9). The results are varied, and probably the weakest part of the album, in my opinion, but it’s a welcomed new development in a band that has been so Rivers Cuomo centric.
The lion share of the album was produced by, master producer, Rick Rubin, with additional tracks being produced by Jacknife Lee or the group themselves. The three tracks produced by the group are oddly the ones that prominently feature Brian Bell, Scott Shriner, and Patrick Wilson and are my least favorite tracks. I wonder if Mr. Rubin chose to not produce these for a reason?
The Red Album clocks in at about 41 minutes, which is pretty good for a weezer release. The deluxe edition boasts a few extra tracks. I wish I had known about the deluxe editionbefore I purchased the standard 10 track version but I guess that’s what I get for having to buy an album the day it’s released. Anyway, if you’re a long-time weezer fan like me, you should definitely pick this disk up. In either edition it’ll be worth your money. I’ll even go out on a limb and say you’ll enjoy it.
After one listen I recommend the following songs:
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
The Angel and the One