Fall has been in full effect for almost one week now; however, summer is still all around me when I spin Weezer’s newest record: The White Album.
As mentioned in Episode 1: Music With A Purpose, Weezer’s 10th studio album (their 4th self-titled) was released on April 1, 2016. The amount of times I have put this album on my record player and listened to it the whole way through is absolutely absurd — especially for someone who never really got into Weezer.
Not getting into, and not liking, are two different things. I always appreciated what Weezer was doing and can recognize their talent. I always struggled to connect with their music due to some of the immaturity I felt existed in their lyrics and themes. There are some who look at old-school Blink 182 that same way and lack the ability to recognize the growth and maturity. While The White Album suggests Weezer is heading back to their roots that made them a staple in the late 1990s, this album clearly is a propellent for more complex, intricate, and dynamic music.
Weezer’s front man, Rivers Cuomo, steps up his lyrical game like he was Lebron James in Game 7 of the NBA Championship. In songs like “King of the World”, Cuomo pays tribute to his wife Kyoko who has a fear of flying. He also implemented new writing techniques, showing themselves in songs like “Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori” and “L.A. Girlz”, utilizing a lyrical spreadsheet to count syllables and word stress.
The whole album gives the listener a calming, smooth feeling as if you had your feet in the sand and tasting the salt of the ocean on your lips. There is a clear influence from Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, which is never a bad thing to implement on any album and especially on one that invokes good feelings and positive vibes. This is Weezer’s first concept album since 1996’s Pinkerton. Do yourself a favor and buy this album (preferably on vinyl) and listen to it in its entirety. as Cuomo says: “Girl, we got a good thing — you know where this is heading. Just a couple lovebirds happy to be singing”.