On Tuesday, popular alt-rock band Weezer took a chance after some recent musical failures and released its ninth studio album, “Everything Will Be Alright In The End.”
The band had remained stagnant for four years after its eighth album, “Hurley,” flopped. It was thought that their most recent concert series would be their last, but fans showed their loyalty.
And after listening to the new album, it seems they had good reason to be faithful.
The band’s debut album – the self-titled “Blue” album – and the follow-up “Pinkerton” both told stories about frontman and primary songwriter Rivers Cuomo’s teenage years through intense instrumental layering and powerful lyrics.
This style was abandoned after “Pinkerton” was declared a failure, and simplified, pop-style music became the substitute.
It went over worse in every subsequent album, but in “EWBAITE,” the method of complex instrumentalism and meaningful lyrics was resurrected.
Screeching guitars that match the fervor in earlier albums resonate while Cuomo belts out songs elaborating past loves and his frustration with fame.
They became a garage band – their stage persona since their first album in 1994.
Die-hard fans will likely not need to be convinced of the album’s quality after the first track, but for many who are just now joining the Weezer bandwagon, it might take a little longer, until, say, track six of 13.
“The British Are Coming” starts out slow, with almost an Indie tone, but soon evolves into something better.
It turns into a party song with a symbolic message in the lyrics against the “haters” of older Weezer albums.
And there were many haters out there.
Without getting into the dirty details of Weezer’s undeserved complacency and blatant laziness, the opening line from the CD’s first single “Back to the Shack” gives an outright apology: “Sorry guys – I didn’t realize I needed you so much.”
Coupled with the brilliant music, this gesture alone proves that Weezer is back to trying hard to revert to their original sound and make “EWBAITE” the canon.
The album is something of a concept, much like their second album “Pinkerton,” in that it tells something of a story as it revolves around three primary themes: Cuomo’s relationships with women, his father and his music.
Women play a pretty heavy role in all of Weezer’s music, though, so many who are familiar with Weezer’s work might be dubious to believe that this is somehow different.
Until track number eight, “Go away.”
Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast features in this single and sings a strategically discordant harmony against Cuomo’s whining tenor vocals.
Together, they sing a pop-like tune that reflects the original angst Weezer featured in their ironic singles of the early ’90s.
The album’s penultimate track, “Foolish Father,” references Cuomo’s estrangement with his father – up to the point when it makes another meta reference and closes the song with a children’s chorus singing that “Everything will be all right in the end,” which is perhaps the band’s new motto, considering the anticipated success of “EWBAITE” after past errors.
The music mixes modern influence with “original Weezer,” and both seasoned and budding fans can enjoy each track on “EWBAITE.”
“Everything Will Be Alright In The End” is currently available for streaming and will be available on iTunes and Spotify Tuesday.