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Weezer (Teal Album)

Album by Weezer
2019, 10 tracks, 37 mins 49 sec

Narratives(2)

Mar 04, 2019

Like A Bunch Of Out-Of-Touch Dads, Weezer Release Yet-Another Dud With The Teal Album

When I was growing up in the nineties, there was nothing more beneficial to my ragamuffin adolescence than the introduction of Alternative- & Garage-Rock techniques in the Rock music space, this new breed of heavily-distorted, Punk-adjacent music beautifully summing up what it meant to be a kid in the age of baggy-panted skateboard culture. Bands like The Verve, Blur & The Smashing Pumpkins gave the subculture-obsessed youth of the time a sound of rebellion to voice their discomfort through, giving way for Hardcore, Emo & Hard Rock to bloom into the magnificent creatures they would become in the early-nineties – Of this melodic selection, Weezer stood above & beyond their competition thanks to the absolutely riveting basslines of Matt Sharp & the self-deprecating lyrics Rivers Cuomo would sling in each narrative, making for the perfect mix of angsty sensibilities & driving Power Pop tunes to really get your emotions burning at a fever pitch, but after their freshman self-titled Blue Album & my definitive favourite record Pinkerton, the band slumped into a decades-long period of monotony that never quite caught the magic of their earlier work, due in large part to the departure of Matt Sharp & Rivers’ increasingly enlarging celebrity ego; Suddenly, they were no more original than their contemporary Pop Rock brethren OK Go, upsetting die-hard fans like myself whilst assuring we’d see nothing but disappointment in the years that followed – Over time, they started leaning into the jokiness of their existence, delving into straight up Pop on albums like Raditude & conforming to Tropical industry trends on the much-maligned Pacific Daydream, but their more recent Teal Album takes the cake for cringeworthy songwriting, forfeiting originality in favour of appeasing the internet’s ravenous desire for them to become a living, breathing meme, quickly eviscerating any integrity they had lingering in the margins.

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Album Info

"Weezer (Teal Album)"

Artist

Released

  • Jan 24, 2019

Genres

  • Alternative/Indie Rock

Label

  • Atlantic
  • Crush

Producer

  • Patrick Wilson

About

Weezer, also known as the Teal Album, is the twelfth studio album, and fifth self-titled album, by the American rock band Weezer. It was released digitally on January 24, 2019 through Crush Music and Atlantic Records, with a retail release set for March 8. The album is composed of cover songs. It was announced and released on the same day as a surprise precursor to Weezer's thirteenth studio album, scheduled for March 2019. The album received mixed reviews, with some praising the self-aware frivolousness of the project, while others criticized the arrangements of the covers.
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