We all know Weezer to some extent. If you’re the superfan, you know deep cuts from each of their eight albums and may have even went on the Weezer Cruise. You’re also a million times more of a Weezer fan than I think I’ll ever be. At the very least, you grew up listening to Top 40 radio and heard their mega- hit “Beverly Hills” once every 90 minutes. If you’re lucky to be somewhere in between those two extremes, you enjoy Weezer and their catchy, poppy alternative jams regardless of their year of release. You also need no explanation as to why this album is a classic.
If you missed the album cover above, please look again. Look at these guys. This simple photograph of Weezer’s members would never get you to think that these four were in a band, let alone a band that could conjure up a triple platinum album. I guess when you have a guy named Rivers Cuomo in your band, (that is in fact his birth name) some alternative/indie gold is bound to be struck. Cuomo truly does deserve such credit, as he composed and wrote the entire album, with the exception of co-writing “My Name Is Jonas”, “The World Has Turned And Left Me Here”, and “Surf Wax America”. And while most everything about the songs instrumentally are simple, the melodies and lyrics of the album are both incredibly easy to jive with. This ease is part of what makes the album so great. Combine this with the fact that it clocks in at about 41 minutes, and you have an album that you can casually listen through stress-free. When you have a two minute, thirty-nine second single in “Buddy Holly” that feels like a standard four and a half minute single, along with an eight minute track that feels more between five and six, you know something was done right. None of the songs overstay their welcome.
Nearly every song has its distinct mood. “Say It Ain’t So” is the song you listen to while everyone’s chilling on the living room couches drinking and then you yell out the chorus in unison. With the help of some background chatter, “Undone (The Sweater Song)” embodies awkward social situations with an edge of tension. “Surf Wax America” (YES, ‘MURICA) makes me want to instantly road trip to the beach, while “In the Garage” keeps me content being alone in my bedroom. The connections are genuine and natural, and it’s probably the biggest reason the album has a special place in my library.
As always, I highly encourage you to hit up the Spotify playlist and give the album a listen. I could talk about the album for days, but the music should speak for itself. Let me know your favorite songs or anything else in the comments! Peace.