Meryl and her friend Dennis live in different states but share a years-long love for Weezer. This week they listened to the new album released Oct. 7, and below is their unofficial Gmail chat review of “Everything Will Be Alright In The End.”
Dennis: have you heard anything from the new Weezer album?
me: i have not! I heard it’s good though. Have you heard it?
Dennis: no. I was a little disappointed in the last one.
me: yeah… Checking to see if it’s on Spotify… (minute later) IT IS.
Dennis: it’s on grooveshark too. I’ll listen with you! ha.
me: yay! okay fun!
Track One: Ain’t Got Nobody
Dennis: insecure lyrics! didn’t see that one coming!!
me: some things never change. first song seems pretty weezer-ish. granted, i have not listened to the last couple albums
Dennis: yeah… it’s OK. “ain’t got nobody”…. except his wife and kid.
me: he has a kid? weird. he is probably a lot older than i think he is because in my head he is still as old as he was when i was 16
Dennis: just checked… he’s 44 and actually has two kids.
me: oh damn
Track Two: Back To The Shack
me: not crazy about song #2
Track Three: Eulogy For A Rock Band
Dennis: ooh, like the chorus of No. 3. sounds like a TV theme song for some reason. best song so far, easily
me: agreed. also i see per Weezer norms, almost all of these songs are under four minutes, if not under 3:30
Dennis: that’s good. I hate bloated songs.
Track Four: Lonely Girl
Dennis: hahaha. “I’m lonely, so homely.”
me: hahahahaha. i feel like he is just pandering at this point. is he saying “can’t you relate?” lolol
Dennis: I think so. NOPE
me: booo, spotify ad
Dennis: sucks to be you!
Track Five: I’ve Had It Up To Here
Dennis: this one has a retro feel. it definitely stands out from what we’ve heard so far. think we just switched to 6/8 time!
Track Six: The British Are Coming
Dennis: weird opening for this one but it’s pretty
me: woah. definitely
Track Seven: Da Vinci
Dennis: this song sounds exactly like Pork and Beans.
me: ahhh hahahaha, guilty. it sounds like at least a couple of songs i feel like (minutes later) meh
Dennis: exactly. so far, this is a pick-and-choose-from-itunes album.
Track Eight: Go Away
me: ooooh i like Go Away so far
Dennis: me too, but it sounds very familiar
Dennis: what! female singer?!?
(at the same time) me: is that a lady???
Dennis: and now doing harmony!
me: new favorite.
Dennis: like this. I’ll stick with No. 3 but this is a close second. (minute later) ok this is hella catchy
Track Nine: Cleopatra
Dennis: weird time signature thing going on when he says, “you can’t control me.” I like it. little egyptian riff there before the bridge, that’s nice
me: that guitar stuff sounds a little like a Nintendo game though
Dennis: that’s good!
Track 10: Foolish Father
Dennis: don’t like the sound of this one, really. another meh. that’s how the last album was… a few great songs, mostly meh.
(We hear a choir singing)
Dennis: chorus of kids? that’s kind of sweet
(They sing the line, “everything will be alright in the end”)
me: hey, that’s the name of this album
Dennis: haha. another “molto ritard” ending.
me: i kinda dig the chorus
Dennis: yeah, that one got better.
me: it’s similar to Sufjan Stevens
Track 11: I. The Waste Land
Dennis: ok, three-part finale.
me: ooooooh here we go
Dennis: is this part going to be instrumental??
me: if not he’s got half of this song left to start singing
Dennis: yup. OK, that was somewhat epic.
me: is that a first…? doing instrumental, i mean
Dennis: yes, first instrumental for sure
Track 12: II. Anonymous
Dennis: I dunno, but this sounds like Let It Be.
me: IT DOES. like A LOT
Track 13: III. Return to Ithaka
Dennis: final part is only 2:18! this better be good!
Dennis: another instrumental?!?
Dennis: ooh, building instrumentation!! not bad, not bad
me: alright, that was a pretty good finale. what a weird little album
Dennis: definitely weird. it drops the hip-hop aspects that were part of the Red Album and Raditude. back to pure rock.
me: I think I liked it? I definitely liked parts of it
Dennis: yeah, not enough to buy the whole thing, I think.
Weezer’s Everything Will Be Alright In The End is available to stream on Spotify and Grooveshark and available for purchase on iTunes.