Saturday, June 7, 2008
Weezer (Red Album)
I loved Weezer as an early teen. I dressed like them for several years. Their first album was one of the first I owned along with The Bends, and several others that I feel guilty about now. A decade and half later things have changed but old habits diehard.
This album reminds me of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s last album “Mardi Gras”. After years of John Fogerty doing everything perfect the other dudes in the band wanted their shot. Which of course, they blew hard. I don’t think any of you have heard the CCR LP, timesaver it sucks. So now Weezer have done the same thing here. Rivers Cuomo has been the bands mastermind since the get-go. But the boys wanna shine, so he let em. And the results are exactly like you would think, who cares. 3 of the 10 songs are sung by the other dudes in the band. Basically you get and EP’s worth of the main attraction, with a sampler of his friends trying to be like him.
On the last Oasis LP, Noel Gallagher let the other guys write songs but he wisely kept them out of the vocal booth. Therefore, you can get help from your teammates, but role players aren’t gonna win the MVP. All this just hides/reveals that Rivers stopped caring a couple of albums ago anyway. So what’s next, well Fogerty went into seclusion, a move Cuomo has already pulled in the late 90’s. Then its gonna be solo time. It won’t be as good as prime era but it’ll be all right.