giovedì 12 giugno 2008

Weezer - Weezer (The Red Album)

Nuovo album in studio (il sesto in carriera) per la band di Rivers Cuomo; 'Weezer', (il terzo in ordine di colore) dopo le pubblicazioni del blue album (contenente la hit-song “Buddy Holly” e del green album contenente il singolo “Island In the Sun”). Weezer (The Red Album), è prodotto dalla band medesima con la collaborazione di Rick Rubin (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slayer, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash) e di Jacknife Lee (U2, R.E.M.). il disco contiene l'hit single; 'Pork And Beans'.

Track Listings

1. Troublemaker
2. The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)
3. Pork And Beans
4. Heart Songs
5. Everybody Get Dangerous
6. Dreamin'
7. Thought I Knew
8. Cold Dark World
9. Automatic
10. The Angel And The One/Non Musical Silence
11. The Weight
12. Life Is What You Make It

Early word on the sixth album from Weezer--and their third self-titled record, although fans, sensibly, are referring to it as 'The Red Album'--is that this is their 'experimental' record. Luckily, Rivers Cuomo isn’t interested in penning his own jazz odyssey; for him, experimental is just finding cunning ways to nuance Weezer’s stock-in-trade--crunchy, candy-sweet guitars and vocal harmonies--with new pop tricks. The sardonic lyric of "Pork and Beans" hints at a new direction: "Timabaland knows the way to reach the top of the charts," Cuomo sings, "maybe if I work with him I can perfect the art". Actually, Timbaland’s not on board, but producer Jacknife Lee brings a variety of drum machines and electronics, and Weezer rise to the challenge with some generally inspired messing around. "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Theme)" sees Cuomo adopt a gangsta rap slur over screaming sirens, while elsewhere, the other three Weezer members take a turn at the microphone. But it’s Cuomo’s songs that are the winners--notably "Heart Songs", a tribute to the songs that "never feel wrong" that swoops from melodic schmaltz to grunge scuzz with a deft invocation of Nirvana. Skip to the bonus tracks, meanwhile, for a great cover of "The Weight" that takes The Band’s original and drenches it in chundering guitars.

Artist: Weezer
Title: Weezer (The Red Album)
Genre: Pop, Rock
Release Year: 2008
Type: New release
Audio: CD

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