Review: Weezer (The Black Album) by Weezer

Weezer (The Black Album) by WeezerIt could have been worse for Weezer. This isn’t to say The Black Album is bad; not at all. It will take some getting used to, because it consciously tries to break away from the old templates Rivers Cuomo and gang have built up over their long career – complete with having Dave Sitek (of TV on the Radio fame) as producer, which results in some slyly experimental approaches to the songs. But it’s this restlessless – and this assiduous insistence on getting it right, not just here but across the band’s career – has led to generally mixed reactions to their whole body od work, and The Black Album might be consigned by some into the trash heap. It’s a fun record, yes, but it somehow lacks direction. Sure, there is that. But it’s still a pretty all right record, made by guys who are just out for a good time. Or, at the very least, if you don’t like it, you can take solace in the recently released The Teal Album, which by nature will make you feel good about yourself. What slightly fortuitous timing. [NB]3/5

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