Since the 2005 release of Make Belief, Weezer has had a decade of twists and turns. One could argue that their journal is unlike any other band out there, but that’s not necessarily true. It’s actually pretty similar to a lot of other bands that weren’t just relevant in the 90’s, they were iconic. Throughout the 2000’s they kept that icon tag, but still tried to stay relevant, popular, and iconic. Meaning, they wanted to make music that sold and was played on radio while being tagged with the ‘new music’ tag that the indie kids love, while still holding on to that iconic status. Basically, they were pulled in a dozen different directions from everyone tied to their success and even themselves. That’s the reason why The Red Album is what it is, that’s the reason why Raditude is what it is, and it’s the reason why Hurley is what it is. The past three albums that Weezer made were albums that they made trying to keep up with the changing conditions around them. The problem here however is that it never seemed authentic. Weezer tried too hard and ended up getting lost for the past eight years.
I’m not saying that those past albums were garbage, because they’re not. There’s actually some really decent music there, and it’s perfect for casual fans of the band. It’s just not for the diehards that came on twenty years ago when Weezer was competing on MTV video countdowns with Nirvana and Green Day.
The new album from Weezer, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, is the band’s admission to losing their way and their promise to cater to the people who made their music what it was in the first place. “Back to the Shack” is the anthem of the band’s mission statement with this new record. That might be the mission statement to the album, but the theme of the record is different – it’s basically an hour long foray into how much Rivers Cuomo and Weezer loves rock music. The album is loaded with sweeping guitar solos, minute-long instrumentals, and every track is packed full with overdriven Weezer guitars just like it was 1994. There are also some very cool nuanced odes to classic bands, genres, and subgenres in the album – southern rock, new wave, Cars sounds (it helps that Ric Ocasek produced this album like he produced The Blue Album and was also in The Cars.)
Weezer recreated some of the magic they made with Ocasek all those years ago and Cuomo and co.’s love for music pours out of the speakers with every track. Weezer’s Everything Will Be Alright in the end isn’t the album that’s going to save rock music, but it might be enough to help keep it alive until something new comes along and does it.