Friday, February 18, 2011
As one of the most popular groups to emerge in the post-grunge alternative rock aftermath, Weezer consistently delivers their trademark hook-heavy guitar pop. For the third time in its six-album history, Weezer released a self-titled album, and to distinguish it from the other eponymous albums, it's being referred by people as "The Red Album."
I suspect this may be because the packaging is red.
Comprised of sessions produced by Rick Rubin, Jacknife Lee and the band itself, the album is adventurous and undeniable Weezer pop-rock. The Red album forges new territory with all four members taking turns singing lead. This disc is the rarest of modern music combinations: being both immediate and having the quality of growing better upon each subsequent listen.
"Pork and Beans," the first single, was a tease of what was to come, written after an intense meeting with Geffen who didn't hear a single. Rivers angrily went home to write this song that as a backlash at the record company for not respecting the freedom of the band, and it ends up as one of the strongest tracks on the album.
Die hards will want to pick up the deluxe long version with extra tracks.