Weezer's back again with a 13th LP and their 5th self-titled album, Weezer (Black Album). It's an interesting listen for Weezer to be sure, it features Cuomo's honest lyric writing, and a 70's era of pop rock with modern production.
Like the last twelve albums, Weezer's latest isn't their greatest, but that doesn't mean it's not good. Cuomo writes about some ridiculous things here. From "Zombie Bastards" to the rise and fall of Prince. It's a very odd collection of songs that's part Cuomo's pension and passion for writing songs built around goofy concepts and the other part autobiographical about being a 50-year-old dad who is past his prime but still gets greeted routinely with industry and situational bullshit because of who he is. I can only imagine the ridiculous things that have popped up for Cuomo over the past 5-10 years. Lyrically, this Weezer record is intelligent, but it's just as cool on the production side. There's a lot of glitz and glamor to accompany simple pop melodies that give it a unique style. Some songs are dark, some songs aren't, but they all have their own distinct nuances and production flair to make them stand out on their own.
Weezer's black album lives up to the quality of work that the band has put out for the last decade or so. Weezer fans will like this record, but they won't like the same songs. It's a very stylistic album that sets itself apart sonically from the rest of the band's work.