Review: Weezer (The Teal Album) by Weezer

Weezer (The Teal Album) by WeezerIs The Teal Album one covers album that we really need? I don’t know. Weezer don’t really have a new audience who’ll happy discover the classics they cover. And it’s not like they bring something new to these songs – thankfully, I must add, because you can’t really alter Tears for Fears‘ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” without raising several eyebrows, mine included. But then, Weezer are a band who can afford to do almost anything they want – the fact that the squeezed this out just before the release of another album says loads. Also, this is what the Internet wanted, right? What started as a light-hearted campaign to have the band cover Toto‘s “Africa” became this album, not to mention the Internet’s wholehearted embrace of the original. But, again, is this one covers album we really need? Is that the question we should be asking? The Teal Album is all right, but it will feel like karaoke, but it might leave you wanting, especially when they fail to sing the “please turn me over” part on their take on ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky”. But the world, or at least a really loud segment of it, clearly wants this record. Weezer, professionals that they are, are happy to oblige. This, by no means, is not essential. But it’s a fun listen. At least there’s that. [NB]3/5

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