- Summary: The ninth full-length studio release for the alternative rock quartet led by Rivers Cuomo was produced by Ric Ocasek.
- Record Label: Island
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk-Pop
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Kerrang!Nov 4, 2014It's just an album of bona fide, polished, often odd, perfect pop-rock. [27 Sep 2014, p.52]
Q MagazineOct 3, 2014There are a couple of mildly sludgy moments.... But otherwise, it's a perfectly calibrated record. [Nov 2014, p.113]
MojoNov 6, 2014Mid-life crisis rarely sounded so appealing. [Nov 2014, p.90]
Oct 9, 2014This album is easily the best since Pinkerton. It's exactly what Weezer said it would be, Classic crunch combined with new experiments. ThinkThis album is easily the best since Pinkerton. It's exactly what Weezer said it would be, Classic crunch combined with new experiments. Think of it as combining the best qualities of each album after 2001 and adding the old guitar sound back. Also this is the Weezer album in this century with meaningful guitar solos again referring back to the return to the classic Weezer sound.… Expand
Oct 7, 2014Personally think this is the best album since Pinkerton. Amazing sound. Sounds like old Weezer mixed with something new and it works so well.Personally think this is the best album since Pinkerton. Amazing sound. Sounds like old Weezer mixed with something new and it works so well. Great album… Expand
Oct 15, 2014Probably the best thing they've done since Blue and Pinkerton. Rivals the best of the Red era. Eulogy, Had It, British, Go Away, FoolishProbably the best thing they've done since Blue and Pinkerton. Rivals the best of the Red era. Eulogy, Had It, British, Go Away, Foolish Father and The Futurescope Trilogy are particularly awesome tracks. If you like Weezer, you should like this. There's layers to it too... on the surface it's just another Weezer album, but beneath that is a concept with a storyline and deeper meanings and metaphors hidden throughout the album... and if you have a physical copy, the actual album art/liner notes/packaging. (i.e. stuff not found in the music itself that explains more what's going on) It also helps if you check into all the teasers they uploaded leading up to the release.
There's just a lot going on here. Blasting open with a couple of sound bytes that hint at the underlying message/meaning/story in Ain't Got Nobody... leading you down a path that eventually finds you dealing with failure and loss again and again. Ultimately arriving at an epic semi-instrumental ending that parallels the descent to hell, ascent to heaven and return home as reference in the title Return to ithaca via Homer's Odyssey. If you have the liner notes, like I mentioned before, there's an entire passage hinting at these deeper meanings. It's actually in latin, but if you translate the text it reads "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here" regarding The Wasteland... there's some other passages that explain more but I'll leave that to you the reader/listener to decode. This is a thinking person's album, with more to discover long after you know all the words.
Oct 8, 2014Everything Will Be Alright In The End is a fantastic rock album. After opening the album with some static and cryptic samples playing over aEverything Will Be Alright In The End is a fantastic rock album. After opening the album with some static and cryptic samples playing over a heavy chugging guitar part that wouldn’t feel out of place alongside “Hash Pipe”, “Ain’t Got Nobody” immediately busts into one of the album’s best hooks. Just as the initial hook goes away, another one with emotional lift that recalls the soaring melodies of Pinkerton kicks in. By the time they’re through the blazing guitar solo and drum fills, the original hook is back, only this time it’s slightly slowed down in its full on anthemic glory. THIS is the kind of song Weezer fans have been looking for, and the rest of the album doesn’t disappoint either.
Songs like Eulogy For a Rock Band and Lonely Girl have a hard edge to go along with the kind of heartfelt melodies that Weezer is known for. I even think I hear Rivers channeling Kurt Cobain a bit near the end of Lonely Girl, as he pleads “I know you’re scared/I know you’re sad/I’m here to help you realize it’s not so bad.” If “I’ve Had It Up To Here” is Weezer declaring they’re going to do things their way without letting outside influences cause them to stagnate, “The British Are Coming” is Weezer immediately making good on that promise. I’m almost positive that if you asked the average fan last year what they’d most like to hear on a new Weezer record, exactly zero of them would’ve said, “I want a Revolutionary War themed anthem with an uplifting guitar solo that ranks among the best they’ve ever recorded.” Sometimes Weezer just knows best.
Listening to the album from front to back, I get the sense that Weezer intended for this album to be a non-chronological timeline of the many phases Rivers and/or the band has gone through emotionally throughout the years (and even looks back a couple hundred years to relate to their recent/current yearning to be free of their oppressors). With “Cleopatra” and the cathartic finale of “Foolish Father” in the later portion of the album, one might infer that Rivers has gotten over and/or accepted demons that have recurred throughout the Weezer catalog, and we’re lucky to have these songs as the expression of that. The Futurescope Trilogy, with its energetic shredding and heart pounding drum fills, makes me hope that Weezer takes a page out of Hollywood’s book and goes for the Prequel Trilogy next time around. No matter what happens “in the end”, Weezer has crafted not only one of the best albums of 2014, but also one of the best in their entire discography.… Expand
Oct 8, 2014This album is everything I hoped it'd be. Each song from being to end just grabs me and I can't stop listening. The musicianship throughoutThis album is everything I hoped it'd be. Each song from being to end just grabs me and I can't stop listening. The musicianship throughout the album is amazing. My personal favorite songs are Go Away and Lonely Girl. I see the high potential for both of these to be great crossover songs. Running in close for third and fourth place are The British Are Coming and I've Had It Up to Here. I highly recommend this album!… Expand
Oct 8, 2014Weezer has returned to form. Not to discount any of the band's work or Rivers Cuomo's foray into writing pop songs, but it has been a longWeezer has returned to form. Not to discount any of the band's work or Rivers Cuomo's foray into writing pop songs, but it has been a long time since it meant something to discuss a full Weezer album. Not since Make Believe was there a full-album packaged as a whole by this band. And where things went wrong was in the hit that was Beverly HIlls. Weezer got a taste of the good pop life and silliness ran rampant. Sure, Make Believe isn't that great of an album either but it wasn't just a random collection of singles like everything else has been since. Everything Will Be Alright In The End is cohesive. It's not a dad joke concept song followed by a ballad. Instead it's songs that make you wonder if Rivers is talking about his father or himself as a father. Is he talking about his band or a band he grew up loving. And everytime you hear the phrase "Everything Will Be Alright," well, they mean it. This album is their best since Pinkerton, you know, if we're all right with comparing.… Expand
Oct 8, 2014For once I think the critics are right. This is another patchy offering from Weezer. I was hoping that this album would improve with repeatedFor once I think the critics are right. This is another patchy offering from Weezer. I was hoping that this album would improve with repeated listenings but sadly it doesn't .
Come on Weezer, I know you can do better.… Expand
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