Album number nine from Weezer has been a long time coming... but is it a classic or a dud?
It’s about time Weezer rediscovered their mojo. Two stone cold classic albums and some ace singles in 20 years is not a great hit rate, after all. Is ninth record ‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End’ in the same league as 1994’s Blue Album or its follow up ‘Pinkerton’? Not quite, but it gives it a good go. Ric Ocasek returning as producer for the third time helps. There’s similarly self-reflexive lyrical smarts and a warm familiarity to their fuzzy power pop. And in contrast to the by-numbers, Tin Man-hearted turds of recent years, this record actually feels like a cohesive, artfully crafted whole. Welcome back, Weezer – all is (almost) forgiven.