I am listening to the entire Weezer album here, and reviewing it as I listen to it for the first time (this is being written on the fly, so pardon any writing errors).
Beverly Hills – You’ve all heard/seen this by now. Rivers’ ode to being the odd man out. I think many, many Weezer fans can identify with the sentiment within. That the band managed to make the song infectious and fill the video with babes will make this one a chart topper.
Perfect Situation – good song, catchy, but almost expected, in a weird way.
This Is Such a Pity – bleh. Not liking it. Leaving me feeling dead inside, like I’d rather be washing my hair or digging crumbs out of the couch, anything but sitting here listening to this.
Hold Me – melancholy, yet pretty in the way Only In Dreams was.
Peace – right now this is my favorite. It’s sweeping and emotional and plaintive and I imagine a million teenagers will be singing this one with their headphones on in their darkened bedrooms, little emo tears running down their cheeks.
We Are All on Drugs – this is the next single. made for radio. Read into that what you may.
The Damage in Your Heart – it’s just…Weezer. Can’t explain it further than that. It’s a typical Weezer song and when you listen to it you think that Rivers is the world’s oldest teenager.
Pardon Me – I’m getting bored with the album now. I imagine that if one were to listen to the album several times in a row, the songs would all just blend into each other. The beauty of the Blue Album and Pinkerton was that each song seemed different than the next and not just a continuation of the one before it. I’m not feeling that here, nor am I feeling the fun that was on the Green Album and Maladroit. Ok, I like the end of this song, the way it builds up and lets go.
My Best Friend – You’re my best friend and I love you. Gack. Insert finger in throat. I will not be singing this one in my car with the windows down. Despite the fun guitar in the middle of the song, it makes me feel way too Partridge Family to enjoy it. I wonder if he’s singing to himself. After reading the Rolling Stone interview with Rivers, I can only conclude that he is his own best (and only) friend.
The Other Way There’s hand clapping in this one. I hate hand clapping in songs. I’m bored with this one, too. On its own, it may be catchy and peppy and hit radio friendly, but when listened to as part of this album, well, it’s like looking at one of those hidden pictures things in Highlights Magazine. Is that a tiger? No, it’s a leaf. Wait, it’s the tiger!
Freak Me out – I like this one. Oh, yikes, there’s a harmonica. I think I just like the idea of singing, man, you really freak me out, man you really freak me out….it’s got a surreal feel to it. Much better than the pop fest of most of the other songs. This will be one of my favorites.
Haunt You Every Day Weezer really knows how to end an album. This one is going to be my favorite. I swear, it’s this one. The words are good and Rivers sings them with the strange passion that made Say it Ain’t So and Only in Dreams give me chills. This is the one that will not make it to radio, but will be the one that older Weezer fans hit Repeat on.
So, I like about half the album. It’s no Blue Album, but nothing in the history of rock, past or present, will be. It’s just OK, on first listen. I think Make Believe is going to be one of those discs that grows on me after several listens, but it’s also going to be skippable, meaning there will be several songs that will get the NEXT button treatment.
As an aside, I think Rivers should give it up. It feels like he doesn’t want to do it anymore and rather than be the Rickey Henderson of the music world, he should just go into seclusion now. It’s only a matter of time before he becomes an eccentric recluse, anyhow. Why not get an early start?Powered by Sidelines