The White Album: Weezer

April 11, 2016

★★★★★

Alternative darlings Weezer are back and better than ever with their tenth studio album “Weezer: The White Album.” The self-released album is full of rocking anthems that range from topics such as love and heartache to self-doubt and drug use. The first track off the album, “California Kids,” has Weezer’s classic alternative sound within it – there’s a lot of guitar, a lot of drums, and a lot of Rivers Cuomo singing and commenting on the true wonders of life and social expectations. The video for “California Kids” references the “Damn Daniel” video, a video that has become an internet sensation among Millennials, at the end. A song off “The White Album” that may sound familiar is “Thank God For Girls.” This song has been released for months and has made a decent dent in the alternative charts. It’s an incredibly catchy song filled with alternative riffs about showing some appreciation for the ladies in the world. It’s already on track to become a classic track for Weezer, and it has served as a great song to build mainstream anticipation for the album. People who like “Thank God For Girls” should check out tracks like “King of the World, “Wind in Our Sail” and “Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori.” Something cool about the album is that Weezer gets to play around with a slower, more acoustic sound on it. One song that embodies this sound is “(Girl We Got) A Good Thing.” It’s a cute love song that talks about how a couple has a really good vibe going between them. It’s a simple acoustic alternative song, and yet it is still very entertaining and bubbly. A song similar to “(Girl We Got) A Good Thing” is “Endless Bummer.” It’s a slower acoustic song about wanting a less than stellar summer to end. Weezer does not have a lot of heavier alternative rock on this album, but they do give audiences a little taste of harder rock with their song “Do You Wanna Get High?” It’s a heavier song than other tracks off the album, but it’s not so heavy that Weezer becomes unrecognizable to the ear. It’s just edgy enough to prove that Weezer can branch off of their signature sound. Overall, “Weezer: The White Album” is a great addition to the alternative scene. After being in the business for over 20 years, one might think that Weezer would have plans to slow their careers down, but they definitely do not. They have a tour planned for the summer with artists such as Panic! At the Disco and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. That, coupled with this album, prove that Weezer is far from slowing their career down.

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