‘Weezer (White Album)’ (2016)

I’ll be honest, I haven’t listened to much of mid-2000’s Weezer material, purely because those albums get such a bad rap. It’s safe to say that Weezer have returned to a nostalgic high with their tenth album, which also happens to be their fourth self-titled and colour co-ordinated album.

White Album has a great summer feel to it, evident in the opening track “California Kids” which opens with beach-themed sound samples, such as lapping waves and chirping seagulls. The chorus in “Thank God for Girls” shows that the band haven’t forgotten to create a damn catchy melody and hook. The palm-muted melody throughout “Do You Wanna Get High?” is a throwback to old-school power-pop, providing an infectious backbone to the track. Another highlight, “L.A. Girlz” is probably the biggest call-back to the Blue Album, a true anthem featuring great harmonies and a frustrated Rivers Cuomo.

It’s quite amusing to see a band with its members well into their 40’s producing an album with as many call-backs and similarities to their debut, released 22 years ago. This would be a problem if the new material was not sufficient; however Weezer have proved with this record that they can still conjure up a great collection of tracks.

Favourite track: Do You Wanna Get High? // Least favourite track: Endless Bummer

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