by Mihika Kohli ’17
Upon the release of its first album in four years, Weezer is back and better than ever. On Everything Will Be Alright In The End, Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, and Scott Shriner employ a variety of different tactics that contribute to the album’s success. Each strong track transitions seamlessly to the next, making the album flow smoothly and 42 minutes fly by.
EWBAITE appeals to those who prefer the band’s 90s sound as well as those who enjoy its more modern sound. Each track encompasses the band’s incredible harmonies, familiar resolutions, and playful lyrics. The album blends upbeat and relaxed songs with a variety of tempos that work in tandem with each other.
Certain songs are exceptional. The opening track, “Ain’t Got Nobody,” sets the tone for the rest of the album. Beginning with strong, driving guitar and bass lines, this song basically screams “WEEZER’S BACK, BITCHES!” (even though Cuomo would put it more eloquently). Both “Lonely Girl” and “Da Vinci” show off Weezer’s classic style through driving chord progressions and quirky wordplay and references.
The album’s most original track is “Go Away,” which features Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, who helped write the song. Weezer and Best Coast’s sounds mesh perfectly, and both bands’ styles show when each singer takes the mic. Weezer’s very powerful guitar accompanies Cuomo’s verses, while Cosentino’s ultra-beachy and embedded guitar runs accompany hers, emphasizing the differences between the two artists’ techniques and between the couple in the song’s narrative. Rather than simply feature an artist thrown into a song to change things up, this duet is truly a powerful joining of forces. But listen for yourself!