First Reaction: Weezer - "Everything Will Be Alright In The End"
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:30:16
Weezer's Everything Will Be Alright In the End is everything diehard fans have longed for and so much more.
Thunderous guitars – check. Fret-burning leads – check. Insanely irresistible pop melodies – a check. A whole lot of heart – check. Truth is, Weezer defined the past generation of alternative and rock bands. There would be no "indie" scene as we know it without them. They set the pace. They created the template. Now, they're raising the bar yet again with their best album since Pinkerton.
It all commences with an eerie, yet calming sample before "Ain't Got Nobody" swings between the eponymous hook and energetic riffing. Rivers Cuomo sounds like an icon reborn ready to swing his axe and cut another place out of history for himself and his band. "Back to the Shack" asserts Weezer's play for rock supremacy with a cry to "turn off those stupid singing shows" and a solo that'd make either Kirk Hammett or Eddie Van Halen proud. "At least we raised some hell," he croons just before practically tearing a whole through his fret board. "Eulogy for a Rock Band" is as ominous as it is omnipotently catchy. Meanwhile, "A Lonely Girl" could've easily come off The Blue Album, but there's a refined sense of harmony that makes it a worthy entry into their catalog of undying pop mastery such as "Buddy Holly" and "Island in the Sun". "The British Are Coming" could start a revolution especially with its line about "punk ass redcoats". Only Weezer is badass enough to pull that off...
The swooning piano of "Anonymous" proves chilling, especially once Rivers' poignant lyrics take over. However, album standout and closer "Return to Ithaka" allows him to speak through his guitar with a final powerful moment that will stay with you like all his best work has.
This is a classic album, and it won't only satiate the Weezer faithful, but it will engage a whole new generation. Everything's alright now that Weezer is back.
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