Weezer
The Black Album


2.5
average

Review

by Willow Westervelt USER (14 Reviews)
March 4th, 2019 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Identity crisis personified

At this point, who knows what Weezer wants to be anymore❓ They've gone back and forth between rock and straight-forward pop so much that it almost feels like Rivers and company are welcoming some sort of mid-life identity crisis. While The White Album was a glimmer of more hope after the near-return to form that was Everything Will Be Alright In The End, which came after nearly a decade of mediocrity (such as The Red Album) or garbage (Ratitude, they decided to throw most of it out the window and unleashed Pacific Daydream upon the world. Is this a problem, you may ask❓

The primary issue is not that The Black Album is a pop album—the primary issue here is that everything feels so rushed out. Songs such as "Living in LA" give off the impression that they were on the drawing board until they looked good at first glance, while others, such as album opener "Can't Knock The Hustle", sound like they were created in impromptu jam sessions that happened to have been recorded by studio equipment. Rivers' lyrics continue to take a serious decline in quality, which has been an issue affecting the band since Make Believe:

Stayed up reading Mary Poppins
Overwhelmed by Netflix options
Boy found brains he never knew he had

-"Too Many Thoughts Inside My Head"

She cut me like a piece of cake
Oh, it can drive a man insane
She ate me up

-"Piece of Cake"

Fortunately, for every "Can't Knock The Hustle" there's songs like "California Snow" and "The Prince Who Wanted Everything", which show that there are moments that Weezer did somewhat try with this album; there are good ideas sprinkled about and the
poppy feel just gives them that extra shine that allows them to be the highlights of the album.

By far the standout of Black is Dave Sitek's production; nothing on the album doesn't feel shiny and processed into oblivion while the instruments are allowed comfortable space to breathe while the mixing does a good job of ensuring that all of them can be heard. Normally, that would probably describe "overproduced", but for the type of album that this is, it's really a better way to execute things in the long run.

That said, The Black Album, while it does have its moments, generally feels like a rushed product—as if they scrapped whatever they had been working on prior following the surprise success of their cover of "Africa" in an attempt to capitalize on what made said cover so successful. Between this + Pacific Daydream and Everything Will Be Alright In The End + The White Album, Weezer has brought us the sonic representation of an identity crisis. They seem to have no idea what they want to be anymore, but if they're 100% sure want to go in what can basically be described as a straight up electro-pop direction they really need to iron out the kinks seen here, otherwise the hope that White and Everything Will Be Alright In The End brought us will vanish, and we'll be back at square one of the root of Ratitude.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
WeepinnWillow
March 3rd 2019


233 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Album stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/49cHEhh4pSeWvV0HW3OYo6



Constructive criticism appreciated

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Slex
March 3rd 2019


6109 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Album is shit lol butts

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SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
March 3rd 2019


8160 Comments


The first sentence is not actually a question and you can get rid of the question mark.

The other sentence with a question mark is a bit oddly phrased. I would go with just 'Is this a problem?', or, '"Is this a problem", you ask?'

AgentDeathbat
March 3rd 2019


9596 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Apparently this wasn't the 'real' Black album and they just threw this together after the Africa cover got big ALONG with the Teal album. So yeah, it's rushed.

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Ikarus14
March 5th 2019


1258 Comments


See, this is what happens when you try copying Metallica's (totally awesome) album.

sixdegrees
March 5th 2019


5642 Comments


https://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/image.php?u=439951&dateline=1551825990

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Ikarus14
March 5th 2019


1258 Comments


It's Wander!!! So amazing!

Man, I miss working on that cartoon...

Ikarus14
March 5th 2019


1258 Comments


And for your information, dude. I'm 29, never had kids and couldn't care less what you think of my 5 ratings.

Ikarus14
March 5th 2019


1258 Comments


Do you?

Ikarus14
March 5th 2019


1258 Comments


Lol. Nope to all of that.



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