Artist – Weezer
Album – Weezer (White Album)
Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/6StNTJJ7Yq3Hf121kLvPBz
Weezer are an American rock band formed in 1992. The band consists of Rivers Cuomo – singer/guitar, Patrick Wilson – drums, Brian Bell – rhythm guitar and Scott Shriner – bass. Worldwide the band have sold a massive 17,525,000 albums, consisting of ‘Weezer’, ‘Pinkerton’, ‘Weezer’ (again), ‘Maladroit’, ‘Make Believe’, ‘Weezer’ (for a third time), ‘Raditude’, ‘Hurley’ and ‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End’. Weezer initially gained success through their signing to Geffen Records and their hit song/video to ‘Buddy Holly’, based upon the TV show Happy Days. This is Weezer’s 10th studio album and 4th called ‘Weezer’, this one being the ‘White Album’.
‘Weezer’ (or the ‘White Album’) is introduced perfectly with the track ‘California Kids’, a song which is the epitome of Weezer, a focus on melody (vocal melody in particular), with poppy/interesting backing vocal harmonies and simple but driving pop-punk chord progressions/rhythmic patterns in the background. Fuzz ridden harmonised solos help change direction from the Beach Boy-esque songwriting style in particular songs, sparking the listeners interest and detracking from the album becoming stale, check out ‘(Girl We Got A) Good Thing’ for an example this. The overall style/sound of this album hasn’t shifted much in terms of their previous work, still (as previously stated) containing those Beach Boy style vocals and punk/pop/grunge instrumental performances, which together has now become a signature sound for Weezer, so not much experimentation, but I feel it isn’t needed. Saying this, the album does shift slightly for one track, the song ‘Jacked Up’, which displays Rivers fantastic range, includes a repeated piano riff which alters the album’s overall tone and a great emotionally driven build up to the final chorus. I would definitely recommend the songs ‘Jacked Up’ and the intro song ‘California Kids’.
As an initial simplified critique I can say without hesitation that ‘Weezer’ (or the ‘White Album’) follows the legacy of great songs and overall sound that the bands colour based albums (the blue, green and red albums) have delivered previously.