There’s a brand-new Weezer record! But what incarnation of the band are we getting this time? We honestly have no idea
PACIFIC DAYDREAM (CRUSH/ATLANTIC) GEEK-ROCK SUPREMOS SET THEIR PHASERS TO ‘CHILL’ AND GO CALIFORNIA DREAMING
WEEZER HAVE changed many times, and not always for the best.yet over the years, they have also remained familiar, as the coolest uncool kids in the room. Since 2014’s Everything Will Be Alright In The End, though, the West Coasters have been keen to assert that the good ship Weezer is Back On Track. Referencing the questionable musical diversions they’ve taken on that album’s lead single, Back To The Shack, Rivers Cuomo admitted,‘i thought I’d get a new audience / I forgot that disco sucks.’ And yet, three years later, Pacific Daydream is undoubtedly a danceable record.
That’s right.weezer have made an album to move to.amidst the smooth guitars and vocal harmonies that sprawl everywhere like spilled honey, sultry club beats and good vibrations lie. Sure, Pacific Daydream may throw all kinds of awkward shapes, and will probably knock over a few drinks, but it really doesn’t care if you’re watching.and it’s that carefree attitude that makes it work, for the most part.
Naturally, there is some overlap with last year’s sun-kissed collection,weezer (The White Album), and opener Mexican Fender acts as the bridge from beach days to long nights.a catchy guitar riff, a girl too cool for school – so far, so Weezer. But it’s the stop-start rhythms and euphoric synths lining the chorus that set limbs in motion. By the time you arrive at Get Right, the beats are pumping and Rivers’ falsetto vocals perfectly apes the R&B croon.yet the lyrics still mark him as the wallflower with the biggest ideas, a mix of the usual nerves and awkwardness. Crucially, the only guitar solo on Pacific Daydream is a tasteful acoustic noodle on nostalgic closer,any Friend Of Diane’s, which reflects a tender heart inside the clubland hedonism.
All this means that not everyone will like it, however, and those craving the fuzzy nerdery of the Blue or Green albums may be left wanting by this album’s vibes. But that’s okay, because Weezer are currently in a place where, if you don’t dig what they’ve done, they’ll have something else for you soon enough. They’re still the same band at heart, the big difference is these days they don’t sweat it as much.this is Weezer experimenting a little, while still remaining recognisably them. For those down for this sort of thing, stick on your dancing shoes and go with Pacific Daydream’s flow. DOWNLOAD: Get Right,any Friend Of Diane’s. FOR Fans OF: Paramore, Fall Out Boy.