Album: "Weezer (Red Album)"
Genre: Alternative Rock
Review: Weezer's Red album is their most inconsistent release to date, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, mind you--it just means that it's all over the place more than anything else they've done. Upon finishing my first listen, I wasn't blown away and I was sort of put off by some of the weirder songs, but after listening to it several times through it really started to grow on me.
This is their most experimental album, and it shows--not just in the sound, but in the very way they set out to make it. For the first time ever, each member of the band contributes a song of his own, where they each sing lead vocals, duties which fell entirely on the shoulders of Rivers Cuomo on all their previous releases. And on a couple of these tracks, the band members swap instruments as well, which results in a pretty different sound musically as well as vocally. Does it work? Not so much. But I have to give them credit for trying, and it does keep things interesting.
As a result, the first half of the album is much stronger than the second half, where everything kind of starts to fall apart. But there is good news: there's a deluxe version of the album with four additional tracks, each of which is stronger than a third of what made it on the album proper. So if you're going to pick it up, this is the version to get, for the extra tracks tip the scales and push the album from average to good (and this is the version I'm giving my rating to).
Standout tracks for my money are the first single "Pork & Beans", which sounds most like classic 90s Weezer, the ultra-experimental prog-rock of "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived" (which I did not care for at first but has become one of my favorites), and the too-damned-catchy-not-to-love "Dreamin'". Overall this album is not going to win over anyone who's not already a fan, and it's unlikely that you'll enjoy it all on your first listen, but this album is so varied in its range that there's definitely something on here that will strongly appeal to all Weezer fans.
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
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