Album Review: "Everything Will Be All Right In The End" by Weezer

Written by: zombievictim

"I had another nightmare."
"Go back to sleep, honey. Everything will be all right in the end."

That's the conversation between a mother and daughter, a sample used on the brand new Weezer CD, Everything Will Be Alright In The End. Yes, I know: a new Weezer CD. Bare with me. Like most people who have been following any sort of music for the past two decades, you've probably heard of Weezer and don't have a high opinion of them.  I've had a love/hate relationship with the band throughout my listening to them.  I love the Blue and Green Albums, and, like many people, consider Pinkerton to be their best.  Make Believe is a little too poppy for my taste (although some tunes are pretty damn catchy) and I'd prefer to believe that the Red Album does not exist.  Nope, it doesn't. Just like Garage, Inc. and Hypnotize, there are certain CD's that are erased from the respective band's discography.

[Editor's Note: these are zombievictim's personal and totally mistaken views and do not in any way reflect The Damn Beast's factual opinion that Hypnotize and Garage, Inc. are totally fine albums]

I even saw the band in concert many years ago when they toured with the Foo Fighters.  It was a great experience but I didn't have any desire to see the band again.  Figured that was a one and done kind of concert, especially since I thought their music went downhill from there.  So to say that I hadn't been a fan of Weezer for many years would be obvious, but even more than that, I didn't even know there was a new CD of there's coming out.  Thankfully, Marc Maron's WTF Podcast had Rivers Cuomo, the lead singer, on discussing the release.  While my opinion of Rivers didn't change much from the podcast (he's still a spiritual oddball), my willingness to give his music a new shot was revived.  I had sworn off the Big W after the Red Album came out but with a little Maron-­‐manipulation, I wanted to give it a chance.  I'm such a sheep.

The CD starts out immediately with an in your face punch of more rock than a Weezer CD has had, maybe ever.  "Ain't Got Nobody" is already in my top Weezer songs of all time because of this.  It's dark, it's deep, and it packs a wallop.  That's all I can really ask for from a song, isn't it?  Original producer Rick Ocasek brings back the old Weezer sound while still breaking new ground with them, like the opening spoken word sampling up top.  There's also more texture to the songs through various fuzz, layering, and panning.  Listen to it on some good headphones and you'll feel like you're in the studio.  But let's get to the actual songs.

On the surface, this plays like the album of a depressed band.  It starts off with a song called "Ain't Got Nobody" for Pete's sake!  "Back to the Shack" is the CD's first single and listening to the interview, I understood why, but after listening to it?  Yeah, I really get it.  It's about the fans turning on them and having nobody, even disappointing themselves.  So they decide to go back to their roots in order to gain self acceptance.  Is this Weezer's apology for the Red Album?  The pure fact that they're wanting a song telling the world about how they know they did wrong and going back to what made them who they are is a good move.  But then again, maybe I just want an apology so I'm reading really far into it.  Probably that.
The CD consistently goes into inspirational chorus' like "Don't Let Go" down to darker things like "I've Had It Up To Here."  I love the shift in that it both flows with the albums story, but also contrasts the very different tone but overarching theme of the album.  "Go Away," is a nice change of pace since it features Bethany Cosentino, lead singer of the band Best Coast, while still following Weezer protocol. Makes you really wish that Rivers would do more featured spots since his voice mixes well with hers.

I honestly forgot how good Rivers Cuomo is on the guitar.  His solo's are some of the more powerful moments of the entire album and he absolutely nails them.  The melodic quality that perfectly harmonizes yet contrasts with the accompanying band allow for a sound that is both unique and powerful. It's not about how fast you can hammer on and pick, it's about what emotions you can invoke with a guitar and Rivers is more masterful than I, or anyone in the music world it seems, had cared to notice.

I was completely taken aback by this CD in nearly every way.  From the deep lyrics, contrasting but balanced themes, punchy guitar, melodic voices, wailing solos, and signature catchy Weezer choruses, this is a CD that I honestly cannot recommend enough.  Throw aside your prior hang ups when it comes to this band and just enjoy the CD for what it is: a journey towards acceptance because like the title of the album, and really the theme of the CD states, Everything Will Be Alright In The End.

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Pre-op trans-minotaur, sci-fi/fantasy/horror author, metal singer, videogame journalist, pop culture blogger. I also lift heavy things and put them down again repeatedly to occupy more space.
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