Weezer
Pacific Daydream


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Review

by preston USER (12 Reviews)
November 6th, 2017 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: End this Bummer.

The thought of Rivers Cuomo purposefully titling an electronic-pop record so close alphabetically to his genre-creating behemoth Pinkerton just to troll fans entered my mind directly after my first listen to Pacific Daydream, one of Weezer’s most perplexing releases, even by their standards. No, I do not actually think he did this, but the fact that it crossed my mind says quite a bit about Weezer’s checkered past. Since my media player lists an artist’s albums in alphabetical order rather than chronological order, when this record’s clean, sterile album closer “Any Friend of Diane’s” ends, I immediately hear the snarling, familiar feedback of “Tired of Sex.” Set side-to-side with Pacific Daydream’s closer, the opener to Pinkerton sounds even more ugly, noisy, flawed, endearing, beautiful, perfect than it did before. I think about how on paper, Pinkerton shouldn’t work. At all. Really, it should be a disaster. The amazing thing is, however, that Pinkerton works in it’s own unique way. In contrast, Pacific Daydream should work on paper, but it doesn’t in the same way an album by any aging 90s alternative rock band trying to stay relevant doesn’t work.

I want to say that I’m personally hurt, that I’m appalled Rivers would make such a dreadful effort after all the credibility he’s earned back over the past couple years, but the fact is that I’m not. This is not my first rodeo. I, like many a Weezer fan, spent several years watching the band release a promising lead single like “Pork and Beans” or “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To,” deluding myself into believing that this would be the big comeback album I’ve been waiting for, and then ultimately letting Weezer trample all over me with baffling song topics and corny chord progressions.

Push the stone up the hill, let it roll back down.

With each release, I would wonder how many more times they could do this before the fans would exclaim “enough!” in unison, throwing their vinyl reissue of The Blue Album to the floor in a bout of frustration. A part of me believes that if this record were the follow-up to Raditude, if Weezer’s successful late-career upswing never happened, this could have easily been the end for Weezer.

So despite Weezer's late career return-to-form, we arrive at this record, which spends most of its 35-minute runtime on autopilot. Unfortunately, most of these tracks don’t seem to strive for much of anything. For example, when it comes to songs like “Beach Boys,” it’s hard to even make heads or tails of it. What is the song trying to accomplish" Is it trying to capture the feel-good attitude of the Beach Boys’ early work like Weezer did successfully on The White Album’s “(Girl We Got A) Good Thing,” or is it reflectively paying tribute to the band, like “Eulogy for a Rock Band” from Everything Will Be Alright In The End" The song makes unenthusiastic jabs at both, but doesn’t have enough drive to achieve either. The only thing I can tell it’s attempting to do is sound as pleasant as it can, but there’s still a distinct feeling of insincerity to it. Rivers crooning about how he has heard of the Beach Boys before is almost laughable. He seems to be emulating a much younger artist, disregarding the fact that anyone who has heard a single Weezer song could assume that Rivers has, in fact, heard of the Beach Boys.

The anomaly here lies in “QB Blitz,” which thrives off how seriously it refuses to take itself. Silly lyrics about having no one to do algebra with are doled out in a nursery rhyme-like melody, and when the reverb-blasted arpeggios start scaling their way up the chorus, it’s expertly-crafted stupidity. However, it’s immediately after this track that Weezer delves into some of their worst material of their career. This stretch from “Sweet Mary” to the aforementioned closer “Any Friend of Diane’s,” mind you, isn’t the most offensive work from Rivers & Company. In all fairness, it’s not even close. This stretch just feels so dull and lifeless, like an algorithm autowriting alt-pop songs aimed to do no more than someday be played inside a coffee shop. Even on (much) lesser-quality albums like The Red Album, you can at least tell that Weezer is being adventurously bad, having as much fun as they can along the way. Going back to even their landmark debut, Weezer was never afraid to get downright silly.

It doesn’t sound fun if Weezer’s not having fun.

Pacific Daydream is a record that isn’t sure what it wants to be. It seems to be a very calculated effort, designed to have nothing so great that it can be called a diamond in the rough (like “The Angel and the One” was for The Red Album,) nor anything so poor that it’s beyond forgiveness (“Can’t Stop Partying” from Raditude.) What the album is instead is something snugly coasting down the middle of the road, which turns out to be one of the worst places for a Weezer album to be.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MyCarandMyGuitar
November 6th 2017


2324 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Another tough one to write, had to trim this way down from what it was. Thanks to jack for looking over an early draft, and extra special thanks to Bloon for revising a later draft you're the best you're the best

Bloon
November 6th 2017


862 Comments


I'm pretty apathetic about these guys in general but the blue album is pretty dope. Regardless, they fuck their fans over regularly.

Great review my dude

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MyCarandMyGuitar
November 6th 2017


2324 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Big thanks man! And yes, I’ve always considered Blue to be one of the few records that nearly everyone thinks is at least “good”

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
November 6th 2017


14893 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

good rev

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MyCarandMyGuitar
November 6th 2017


2324 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Thanks mate! Glad to see you’re diggin the record

Lucman
November 6th 2017


60 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well written review. Really like this record myself but you justified your reasons really well. Here's a pos!

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verdant
Contributing Reviewer
November 7th 2017


1875 Comments


the biggest of pos's

Gyromania
November 7th 2017


23420 Comments


yeah this review is very good

TheLeopardsFret
November 7th 2017


20 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Damn that Pinkerton comparison at the start was well done, good work. I found QB Blitz kind of charming and sad, and I also really liked Sweet Mary, but yeah Get Right and La Mancha are awful. Other than that I agree that this album is kind of strange in its decisions, like putting Happy Hour and Weekend Woman next to each other. Listening to those two songs in a row, you can really feel how Weekend Woman is just so much better, it's kind of frustrating.

PistolPete
November 7th 2017


4492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I didn't mind this but then again I'm only a semi-frequent listener of Weezer, not a fan. Good review. Lot of catchy songs though for me not to call this decent.

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MyCarandMyGuitar
November 7th 2017


2324 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Thanks to all for the pos's and kind words, much appreciated! Think I'm gonna start writing a bit more around here

Shave
November 7th 2017


258 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

holes in socks: the band

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RunOfTheMill
November 7th 2017


3208 Comments


Harsh words and excellent writing! Great rev.

Never really took the time to listen to Weezer, but I guess I oughta give the blue album a go one of these days

SoccerRiot
November 7th 2017


2905 Comments


^ You should, Blue Album rules

MyCarandMyGuitar
November 7th 2017


2324 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Thanks! and I agree with Riot you should definitely give Blue a listen

hasan
November 8th 2017


751 Comments


they have good guitar on songs some times this cd

hasan
November 8th 2017


751 Comments


happy hour the song is a hard pop good hits on songs on the cd... id say it is good pop and rock and i like the art on the front to



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