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Weezer (The Black Album) was produced by TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek, with whom the band worked for the first time. The album's songs were entirely written on piano by frontman Rivers Cuomo for the first time in Weezer history, creating some of the most satisfyingly awesome songs in the entire hits-filled Weezer catalogue. With band members switching up instruments in the studio, and choruses filtered through Sitek's own encyclopedic musical references of everything from Gorillaz to Can to Pink Floyd, Weezer (The Black Album) is the bold next step in the winning streak of acclaimed albums they've released since 2014.
- Product Dimensions : 5.67 x 4.88 x 0.24 inches; 3.25 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Crush Music
- Original Release Date : 2019
- Date First Available : November 28, 2018
- Label : Crush Music
- ASIN : B07KLCRVYM
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,557 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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This album has some good songs, some ok songs and some "eh" songs... I believe the general consensus is going to be that "High As A Kite" will be deemed the overall best song on album and rightfully so. I do love "I'm Just Being Honest" as a fun-type song.
Is this Weezer's best album, no. It's still worth getting if you're a fan, and it has some catchy tunes.
If they go a different direction this is not a bad direction to go in my opinion.
To me this is their sgt.pepper. before I get hate mail, let me explain. The beatles had a certain sound on their early records, and gradually changed their sound... culminating in Sgt. pepper. Weezer, in my opinion have followed the same route. This album is completely different than anything they've done, but still at its core very much Weezer. Just because this is different, it doesn't mean this is their new sound. Their next could be another style. Oh, and people that complain about Rivers lyrics, or method of writing.. remember the Beatles wrote 2 min pop songs for much of their career, and a well respected song like "a day in the life" was written from stories John Lennon read in a newspaper, and pieced together with one of Paul's unused song snippets. People just assumed it was deep. Sounds a lot like how Rivers writes. Whether you like this or not, you have to admit it's brave to take this chance. It would be much safer to keep churning out the same record over and over. I really don't understand all the hate they get. I actually read some critics complain that they are culturally appropriating music on this album.... ALL MUSICIANS STEAL FROM EACH OTHER! Sorry, I had to say it. Anybody ever hear of sampling!? Has there really been an original blues riff in the last 30 years!? If it sounds good, that's all that matters. No one owns what you feel in your soul. America is called the melting pot for a reason. All cultures mix and become one. I grew up in the 80s, and we all listened to everything... from Metallica to Motown. I have never felt any one kind of music was mine. I believe Rivers is the same way. How could a great painter paint a masterpiece with only one color? Ravi Shankar didn't complain when George Harrison liked his culture enough to want to play sitar.... he taught him how to play... its not appropriation, its appreciation. Can you imagine a world without Led Zeppelin or Eric Clapton? We wouldn't have either without borrowing. I don't know about y'all, but I like the beastie boys and living colour.
This record isn't a rock album like many were expecting, at least not in the traditional sense. The crunchy guitars, crashing drums, and wall of sound that made so many other Weezer albums endearing are virtually nonexistent. Instead they have been replaced with sterile production and clean guitars that take any kind of edge out of these tunes. Songs like "Living in L.A.", "The Prince Who Wanted Everything" and "I'm Just Being Honest" have solid melodies that never get off the ground because they're begging for a more organic sound. "High as a Kite" is the lone exception, a great ballad that makes use of the production and feels authentic. It's hard to know what to make of songs like "California Snow" and "Byzantine" due to the sheer cascade of loops, synths, beats, and guitars tossed in. The songs are serviceable but fail to leave any lasting impact.
"Can't Knock the Hustle" gets points for bringing a funky bass line and some attitude, yet feels too silly and undercooked to be anything more than a curiosity. "Zombie Bastards" and "Piece of Cake" suffer a similar fate, though the former does at least stick in your head long after it's over. "Too Many Thoughts in My Head" throws a cacophony of sound at the listener, sucking you into the song and leaving you a bit disoriented. Again, the pristine production takes away from the song instead of adding to it; a rougher mix would have made this a certified hit. The album reeks of being remixed and reworked so many times that much of the soul (presuming it was there to begin with) has long since been filtered out.
There's fun to be had with The Black Album, and I've listened to it more times than I can count. Even a mediocre Weezer album has some redeeming value (except Raditude, but I think that goes without saying). The biggest issue is that this is the second album in a row that's gone for a glossy, poppy style and it doesn't suit this band at all. The songs themselves have potential but are held back by overproduction and a lack of focus. I appreciate the band trying new things, but when they're not executed well it taints the entire project. This could have been a monster rock album and instead comes off as another "fine" release that doesn't move the band forward and instead sets them back yet again. There's a good album buried in here. I just wish Rivers had let it shine through.
I'll continue to listen and enjoy those brief moments when the album shines. I love Weezer but they can do so much better. Don't get mad at me...I'm just being honest.
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Yes, half of Pacific Daydream was kind of empty as the songs just seemed to be lacking heart, but still it contained QB Blitz and Any Friend of Diane's which are two of their best. This time every song is also very well polished but the songs look back to the black period in Rivers' life after Pinkerton and the production helps to bring out the emotion of the time in a fun uplifting modern way. Singing along to Die You Zombie Bastards is more or less the definition of cathartic music. It is a witty and intelligent looking back to the response to Pinkerton but from a new empire: Rivers is neither losing himself in self-indulgent whining and noise nor is he trying to move on with bland pop music. It is a happy medium which manages to bring up those emotions in a way that is great to listen to. This isn't Make Believe, this is Byzantine. What a genius!
I'm aware of their ups and downs and variation of material and some albums are more beach boys than others and some more metal and so on.
So I was really surprised to learn and read so many negative reviews for this record... Seriously if you Google "weezer black album" the negative reviews are mind boggling.
So I figured... How bad is this record?
I had a pre listen on Spotify and flicked through the tracks to see how "bad" it was? I honestly can't see what the issue is? I mean it's weezer right? I'm not here to analyse the lyrical content as such...I just wanna hear some cool Weezer tunes... And for me... This album has plenty.
It's got the usual mix of heartache, fun pop songs and some cheeky rock tunes as much as I'd hope from any Weezer album.
I'm still kinda shocked why and how it got slated so much unless you're a very strict and narrow minded audiophile... As I say... I bought the debut single on release day and to my ears at least... This is still a very good Weezer record and definitely worth adding to the collection for sure!
The pressing of the vinyl is more than fine too! Enjoy!
Connor recommend this highly enough.
If you’ve not heard Weezer before then this is a fantastic introduction. Plus the sound quality is faultless