Hope you're doing well. I'm just sitting here thinking too much. I've been here a couple of times; days away from a new Weezer album. It has happened 7 times since I really became a fan in 2000. Weezer has been a constant force in my life for almost twenty years. In honor of their upcoming record, I wanted to share with you the following.
I'm nostalgic, we all are. We all long for the past; to feel the way we did when we were younger. When we were young everything was brighter, better, cleaner. Weezer is a band that certainly knows that. In recent years they have released their latest albums on cassette, they have went out on a tour literally called Nostalgia Tour. Their songs make references to all the things that make us feel warm remembrance of the past. It 100% works on me. In a world where nostalgia is ruining everything (hey, Fuller House), Weezer continues to be, for me, the shining light of what is right about the past.
I have been a Weezer fan for a long time. Longer than I've been a music fan. When I first started high school they were the band that brought me and my new friends together. We learned "The Sweater Song" and "Say it Ain't So" to play at an after school performance. I can still remember the first time I heard Pinkerton. I remember where I was when I bought The Green Album. I remember listening to Maladroit with my friend Nick, both of us wearing headphones to try to figure out what Brian Bell was saying in the background of "Keep Fishin" (I'm pretty sure it's just 'whoa'). Those albums were the only things I cared about in high school. Rivers Cuomo shaped me in the the man (boy) I am today, and yes I am nostalgic for those years.
The problem is that most people never let go of that nostalgia. If you're a music critic or even just a music follower you'll know that in the later period of their career Weezer have had some pretty big misses. Some would argue that the magic stopped at Pinkerton, those people were proven wrong. Others say it was the cut and paste concept for the Green Album, those people are wrong too. Make Believe I'll admit was a solid disappointment for me. However, I refuse to be a person who gives up. So while the majority of Weezer fans have been playing the nostalgia card and waiting for them to get back (back to the shack) to their old sound I have been watching one of the greatest Rock and Roll comeback stories.
I recently went through Weezer's entire catalog in order to find out for myself where I stand on this argument. Were Weezer only good in the 90s? The short answer is no. A longer answer would be, maybe sometimes but not as bad as you would think. I listened to every album in order and rated each song on a scale from 1-10, I then took those averages and plotted out the highly scientific chart below.
For me, Weezer has been on a steady uphill climb since 2007's Make Believe, unfortunately it doesn't seem to be working from a sales standpoint as noted below is the highly scientific chart. It's something that Weezer is obviously aware of and with last year's Everything Will Be Alright in the End and the upcoming White Album they seem to be giving nostalgic fans what they want. I just happen to be one of those fans that have been enjoying Weezer consistently since the start. My advice to you, Jeremy, is to revisit the past couple of years of albums. There's some really great stuff in there, despite what the sales numbers tell you.
As I get ready for the next addition to their expanding catalog I am reminded of the past 20 years and how much things have changed. It would be insane for me to expect Weezer to stay the same after 20 years, I'm happy to hear them growing and experimenting. With that being said, the singles released so far for White Album have been some of the best tracks I have heard in years. I'm sure we'll talk about this more on Friday, until then you should check out my favorite new single from them, "California Kids". Talk soon.