Guns’ Guide to Music: Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Weezer is a band that has really put their fans through a wild ride.

From the promising sounds of 1994’s Weezer (also known as The Blue Album), to the genius of Pinkerton and eventually to the disappointment that is Raditude.Weezer–Everything-Will-Be-Alright-In-The-End

Though some may have lost hope, the band’s latest album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, will likely change their minds.

With Everything Will Be Alright in the End, Weezer goes back to their roots. Focusing on producing songs with great lyricism and musicianship rather than churning out boring, ready-for-radio tracks.

The first single off the album, “Back to the Shack” opens with an out and out apology from frontman and songwriter Rivers Cuomo for some of the band’s more cringeworthy attempts at expanding into pop music that may have left a bad taste in the mouth of some of Weezer’s original fans. The rest of the song makes a promise to go back to that original 90s sound we know and love.

At the same time, Cuomo is done dealing with your crap. He lays it all out in “I’ve Had it Up To Here.” He’s done trying to impress what he calls the “faceless throng” and has no problem telling them.

To be fair, Weezer has gotten quite a bit of flack over the years. To be even fair-er, they totally deserved it.

via RollingStone.com

via RollingStone.com

What made both Raditude and The Red Album so awful was Cuomo’s decision to dumb down Weezer’s material. Substituting intelligent, sometimes ironic humor, with cheap gags in an attempt to get more radio play and mass appeal.

The rest of the album rounds out nicely with some great lyrics in “Da Vinci.” An awesome guitar solo in “Cleopatra.” And a just all-around enjoyable experience.

It seems like Weezer might finally be back on track, now let’s all just hope they stay there.

  • Grade: B+