Finally we get a Weezer album that comes close to the first two releases.
Not too many bands can pull off the self-titled album thing more than once or maybe twice, but the Rivers Cuomo-led Weezer has done it a third time around and delivered one hell of a disc. A bit of history for those who donâ€™t know: The first release became known as â€œThe Blue Album,â€ with the hits â€œSay It Ainâ€™t So,â€ â€œUndone (The Sweater Song),â€ and â€œBuddy Holly.â€ Then thereâ€™s the anomaly of â€œPinkerton,â€ whose initial release was met with disdain and disappointment, but later became a cult and critical success. After a long hiatus came â€œThe Green Album,â€ featuring â€œHash Pipe,â€ â€œIsland In The Sun,â€ and a return to commercial success. The next two discs â€œMaladroitâ€ and â€œMake Believeâ€ were so â€œblahâ€ that I canâ€™t say I ever listened to them front to back even once.
Finally we get a Weezer album that comes close to the first two releases. From the great rocking first track â€œTroublemaker,â€ to the slow and sweet closer â€œThe Angel and the One,â€ the disc just grabs you and shows you that early 90s bands can still be relevant over a decade later.