Trust me, this is not a retrospective on the show Lost. I wouldn’t exert myself to bore you like that. No, this is a review of the new Weezer album that happens to be named Hurley. Believe me, this has nothing to do with the show at all, thank goodness. I have to give credit to Rivers Cuomo and company for knocking out an album every year since 2008 and making up for their lack of production in the 90’s.
With that said, this album seems to be keeping with the same mentality the last few albums have had: retrospection. These are not the same guys that are singing about sweaters and hooking up with college girls every night; these are guys that want to relive those days, but need to cut loose once in a while. I was skeptical at first, but after a careful listen I realized that this album sounds a lot better than people are making it out to be.
Since Rivers got married after Make Believe and had a daughter, his life has been great and he wants to share that with everyone. For all the RWA fans looking for the second coming of Pinkerton, we won’t find it here, but we will find an album of songs that show a band growing with some dignity.
The guest list includes: Michael Cera, the Jackass cast, writing collaborations with Ryan Adams, Desmond Parker, Linda Perry, Mac Davis and others. They have also moved to independent punk label Epitah and may explain why this doesn’t sound as polished as before. Either way, it is a fun listen and will grow on you.
Check out: “Ruling Me”, “Unspoken”, “Hang On”, “Smart Girls”, “Time Flies” and the one tune that stands out “Where’s My Sex?”, Rivers’ daughter uttered that phrase one day when looking for a pair of socks. Kids say the darndest things.