Podcast Episode 93
We’re doing Weezer again! This time, though, it’s just the Red album. Ya, just the Red album.
Weezer has done some pretty legendary stuff and they’ve done some pretty shit stuff. The Red album falls in the middle of this Weezer Venn diagram. What Red has going for it is the fact that it’s coming off the coattails of Make Believe, which was a silly album itself.
Red has some pretty awesome tracks. “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived”, “Pork And Beans”, and “Dreamin” are all tracks that show us what this album could have been. However, the latter half of the album falls flat sort of dumbs down the complexity that had been established in the first half.
I will give some props to the last half. This is the first album in a long time that someone else besides Rivers sang, wrote, and played lead. All band members had a hand in writing and singing so it’s definitely a cool concept that I appreciate. The songs themselves just are pretty bland. And besides Matt Sharp the band member’s side projects have been pretty overwhelmingly meh.
What Red brings to the table is sort of a throwback to Weezer’s early days of Blue / Pinkerton. Deep cuts with various layers that really bring together what Weezer does best.
If you’re a fan of Weezer I’m sure you’ve heard this album before. If you haven’t then check it out anyway ‘cus it’s worth a listen.
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived, Pork And Beans, Dreamin