Alone – The Home Record­ings of Rivers Cuomo

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - KEVIN COURT­NEY

Gef­fen Uh-oh, work-in-progress alert. Cuomo, the nerdy song­writ­ing ge­nius of US pow­er­pop band Weezer, has gath­ered a col­lec­tion of de­mos he recorded in his bed­room over the years, and, judg­ing from the rows of cas­sette tapes on the back cover, he’s got a big back cat­a­logue to choose from. Cuomo has been mak­ing home de­mos since 1992, many of which evolved into some of Weezer’s best-known hits. When Weezer broke big, Cuomo was still in col­lege, and many of th­ese clunky record­ings dis­play the en­dear­ing naivete of a strat-wield­ing frat-boy. There are cov­ers of songs by writ­ers as di­verse as Gregg Alexan­der, Dion and Ice Cube, and orig­i­nal tracks that, had Weezer recorded them, might have put some spark into the band’s re­cent, rather dull geek-grunge-bynum­bers ef­forts. As they stand here, though, such songs as Long­time Sun­shine, Chess, Lover in the Snow and This Is the Way are tan­ta­lis­ing glimpses of what Weezer might have be­come. Down­load tracks: Long­time Sun­shine, This Is the Way

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