Weezer’s new album will be another self-titled Weezer record with a black cover, so its Weezer (The Black Album.) However, they just dropped a surprise album that’s self titled too, but it has a teal cover. So, it’s Weezer (The Teal Album.) The teal record is a surprise record filled with ten cover songs.
Of course, this whole record was brought about because of Weezer's cover of Toto’s “Africa.” It’s been such a successful song for them, it was fitting to put together a whole record with some covers. Covered by the band on this record: Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule the World”, the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams”, Ah-Ha’s “Take on Me”, The Turtles’ “Happy Together”, Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid", and Destiny’s Child’s “No Scrubs”, among a few other select songs. All of the songs make sense to include here. Weezer does a good job of covering them. With the exception of Destiny's Child, everything included on the album resembles the original pretty closely. That's really the only problem with this record, it would have been nice if more of the arrangements would have been slightly different from the original songs. You'd like to hear the guitars vastly different instead of just slightly different. That's really not that big of a problem, it's just a small gripe about a record that was made for fun and is enjoyable to listen to.
The teal record is a fun record that fits in with the spirit of Weezer extremely well. It's a nice warm up before the black album drops and if you're a fan of covers and different arrangements it's a fun record that you'll have in your rotation for a few months.