I’ve had a little voice in the back of my head nagging me recently.
“You should blog again.”
“About what? I have nothing I want to say.”
“Any old bullshit will do.”
So, this is the first of hopefully some blog updates. It’s easier if there’s a structure, so I’m gonna write about something notable from my week.
This time round, it’s been all about Weezer’s new “Everything will be Alright in the End”. Their first two albums were for me about as good as music gets, followed by two that were pretty good, then a stream of general excrescence* that tried the patience of even the most dedicated Weezie**.
This one is flat-out great. Even the worst tracks (Da Vinci isn’t great) are still enjoyable power-pop gems. Plus a proggy three-song suite to finish. What more could you want?
Go Away - A duet with Bethany Cosentino from Best Coast, a band I know pretty much nothing about. I think they’re from California.
Foolish Father - A reconciliation after the troubled songs about Rivers’ father in early albums. I love it particularly for the “everything will be alright, in the end” refrain.
It’s less an album of stand-out tracks, but rather just a thoroughly enjoyable experience from start to finish. It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking it up.
I’m sorry Weezer, for being so angry with you. You started strong - impossibly strong - and then seemed to coast for so long. It’s good to have you back.
*The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn) on the Red album was amazing though, a single diamond surrounded by lots and lots of rough.
*I think I just made that up.