Weezer / Hurley [Bonus Tracks]


Hurley

Weezer is an American alternative rock band that formed in Los Angeles in 1992. The band consists of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums, backing vocals), Brian Bell (guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals, keyboards). The band has changed lineups several times since its formation in 1992.[8] They have released eight full-length albums, six EPs, and a DVD. Weezer has sold over nine million records in the US to date.[9]

The band is best known for their successful singlesBuddy Holly“, “Undone – The Sweater Song”, “Island in the Sun“, “Beverly Hills“, “Pork and Beans” and “Say It Ain’t So“. The band’s eighth studio album, Hurley, was released on September 14, 2010 on Epitaph Records.[10] Additionally, a deluxe release of their 1996 album Pinkerton and a compilation of rare and unreleased songs titled Death to False Metal are scheduled for release on November 2, 2010.[11] They also plan to release a ninth studio album in 2011.

The Analysis:

Memories—-The lead off single and video for this release, finds Weezer back firmly following a recipe that is sure to please the long-term fans of the band who had almost lost faith in their favorite band. This is much more aggressive musically, but delivers a chorus that sticks to your bones and plays over and over in your brain for hours everytime you hear this. This is a fine return to form!!

Ruling Me—-One thing I will say about this release…the music is incredible. The guitars are aggressive and full of nice alternative power chords…even though they relinquish the spotlight to allow for the vocal. This track has a nice throwback sound that reminds me of the sounds of Buddy Holly…this is straight full of 50’s sentiments and music. One of my favorite tracks on this release…stellar!

Trainwrecks—-This begins with a barrage of noise, but once the bass guitar and drums kick in, I shake my head with amazement. This is a pretty fantastic release. The vocal is a bit hollow for me…until the actual chorus kicks in..the strains are pretty and border on a true Emo sound. This is incredible. The band has found a renewed direction and the result is ours to enjoy for years to come! This has nice angst and some great pop culture references as well. You go Rivers!!!

Unspoken—-A really nice acoustic based track, this song is full of some really great personal lyrics and a slow laid back style that allows you right inside the brain of Genius Rivers Cuomo…mid-point, the song opens up into a huge muscular rock track that has some incredible melodies and masterful harmonies. This CD is incredible.

Where’s My Sex—-This is a pretty hilarious track…full of innuendos and all out dirty lyrics. I love that about this band…they can be serious one moment and total screwballs the next. This is another of those songs with some nice backdrop harmonies that makes it instantly irresistible. This is a hit out of the park!

Run Away—-This begins a bit hollow for me, but it opens up rather nicely as it progresses. To me, this is one of the weaker tracks on the release, but still has some really nice qualities. The vocal is bit odd for me…with Rivers singing in a range that seems a bit out of his comfort level…but the drums are incredible and make up for the weak spots in the song.

Hang On—-Without missing a beat, the band dives back into a nice Pop/Rock sensibility and delivers another real classic of a song. I love the song structures on this release…they begin sedate and build and build until you have this huge catchy chorus that refuses to leave your psyche. This is one of those songs…look for this to be a single…this is pure magic!

Smart Girls—-This is another of those songs that begins a bit odd…and slowly develops into the sexually laden track that is full of innuendos and pure fun lyrics. The song goes from fast to slow on a dime and delivers a huge chorus that again lays in wait in your brain until you are bored and then jumps to life. This is fantastic…this release is really a keeper!!!

Brave New World—-Nice…right from the onset, the guitars are huge…only falling quiet to allow for the vocal…but they raise their head throughout the track…giving this song a really nice muscular feel. The chorus to this track is as good if not better than anything this band has produced in the last 8 years or so. I am officially in love with this CD. The lyrics are a bit introspective and personal…but the guitars make it accessible and fun.

Time Flies—-I’m not sure why the band feels that all of these literal special effects are necessary…this release stands perfectly well on its own without them. This track fails a bit for me…the vocal is distorted and manipulated and the sound reminds you a recording done in your living room…but none the less, the track does carry a consistent sound that fits well with the rest of the release.

Bonus Tracks:

All My Friends Are Insects—-This begins with a faux orchestrated sound and a masterful piano…this sound falls away and makes room for a masterful Power Pop track that is hyperactive and lyrics that are fun. Like most of the tracks on this release, the chorus is such that it lands in the middle of you cortex and stays there. The lyrics are fun, but silly, the sound is fun but silly…just what the Dr. ordered.

Viva La Vida—-Weezer covers Coldplay!!! The result is freakin’ fantastic…this could have been a disater…but the strings and the emotional vocal saves this. This is freakin’ brilliant…I love this…the vocal is so damn accessible..I much prefer this over the high pitch delivery of Martin on the original version. And the crowd eats this stuff up!!!

I Want To Be Something—-Delivered with a lone guitar and sounding like a true demo, this is pretty spectacular just for the lyrics alone. This song delivers a sound that is just as naked as the lyrics…I love this stuff!!! This delivers words and emotions that every one who happens to read this has felt!

Represent—-Ending this release on a rather bombastic note, the drums on this song are just mind numbing….! The vocal is clear even in front of the slight guitar distortion. The chorus is so damn fun…making me think that I have heard this song before…is this a cover? This is a stellar release…one that I will revisit time after time after time.

****3/4 out of 5

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