A Familiar Sound with a New Twist: Weezer’s The White Album Review
by Skyler Coombs
Since releasing their first album in 1994, Weezer has established themselves as one of the best Alternative bands of all-time. I was first introduced to Weezer back in 2001 by a friend during our lunch break. From that point on I’ve been hooked.
That’s not to say I’ve been a fan of everything they’ve made. I can’t (and won’t) say anything bad about The Blue Album and Pinkerton. I’ve also enjoyed large parts of the Green Album, Make Believe, and The Red Album, but have only taken to a handful of songs from the rest of their albums.
With all that being said, I had mixed feelings about their upcoming 10th album titled: The White Album.
The entire White Album will drop on April 1st, but since the start of this year Weezer has released 5 singles from the album. The songs, L.A. Girlz, California Kids, Thank God for Girls, Do You Wanna Get High?, and King of the World, each possess their own unique sound. So far, The White Album’s sound has left me with that familiar nostalgic feeling of Pinkerton, with a little bit of the rock vibe found in Hurley and The Red Album.
From the tracks that have been released, the ones I’d put on my “Best of Weezer” playlist that I’d sing along to in the shower are: L.A. Girlz, California Kids, and Do You Wanna Get High?. If Thank God for Girls and King of the World came up on Pandora or Spotify, I’d probably listen to the first minute or so before I thought about skipping.
So far, I’d give The White Album a 3/5. What we’ve heard is certainly not bad but I am left wanting more of that uniquely Weezer sound that I fell in love with 15 years ago. Unless you’re a die-hard fan, I suggest waiting for the entire album’s release before committing to buy the entire album, or just three or four tracks.
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