Everything Will Be Alright In The End
By: Kevin Hawthorne (@KevinHawthorne3)
“It’s not as good as Blue or Pinkerton!”
Weezer has had this yelled at them by nostalgic fans every time they release a new record, and in many ways it’s very unfair. Those albums were made in a very different time for singer/guitarist Rivers Cuomo and the rest of the band. Back in 1994 when their debut album was released, Weezer were an unknown band, then were suddenly catapulted to super-stardom, only to realize they don’t quite belong. Those feelings aren’t easily recreated, however that doesn’t excuse Weezer’s output since 2005’s Make Believe. The Green Album and Maladroit were solid fun albums, but after Make Believe through Hurley in 2011, Weezer delved into self-parody, especially on 2009’s god-awful Raditude.
After four albums of disappointments, many Weezer fans gave up. But now, Weezer have surprised everyone by releasing Everything Will Be Alright In The End. With the Blue and Green Album producer Ric Ocasek at the helm, Weezer have delivered their best album since 2002’s Maladroit. Fuzzy guitars are everywhere, replacing the sheen of the past few records, and instead of having awful lyrics like “The Girl Got Hot” or “Beverly Hills,” Weezer gives some heartfelt (but still endearingly corny) performances. “I couldn’t put in a novel, I wrote a page but it was awful,” from “Da Vinci” is particularly great.
Since Raditude, Weezer has been using co-songwriters, and while they’ve had very mixed results, the ones chosen for Everything Will Be… are excellent. Bethany Cosentino from Best Coast co-wrote (and sings a duet with Cuomo) on the excellent “Go Away”. However, the best collaboration on record is the contribution made by Titus Andronicus front man Patrick Stickles. “Foolish Father” is a heartbreaking rocker that is everything you’ve wanted from Weezer in the past 12 years wrapped into one song. This album also proves that Cuomo can still write fine tunes himself: the huge riff driven “Ain’t Got Nobody”, the epic march of“The British Are Coming” and the album closing “Futurescope” suite of “I. The Waste Land, II. Anonymous and III. Return To Ithaka” are highlights of the album, “III. Return To Ithaka” being the most ambitious Weezer has done in years.
The guitar work shreds on this record. This makes some of the weaker tracks like “Cleopatra” and “I’ve Had It Up To Here” much more fun to listen to, and the good tracks an absolute joy.
There problems on this record, some tracks,mentioned above, are much weaker and there a few “huh?” moments like the opening whistle to “Da Vinci”, though it grows on you admittedly, and the trying-too-hard-to-cash-in-on rocking out like’s it 94 nostalgia in “Back To The Shack.”
In the end everything is alright (I’m sorry, I’ll show my self out) and Weezer has made an incredibly fun and listenable record. Is at as good as The Blue Album or Pinkerton? No, those records can’t be recreated and we need to stop comparing every Weezer album to those two. Weezer has made the best record they’ve made in years so take off your headphones, stop being blinded by nostalgia and enjoy it.