You try to play cool like you just don’t care

Photography by gabriele chiapparini

I’m a bit sad. It’s a rare day that I write about something I don’t like, as it’s all good times here, all the time. But… something happened for the first time last night. I listened to the new Weezer album, the “red” album, and, well, I don’t like it. That’s never happened. When “blue” came out, back in college (yeah, I’m old), loved it. Pinkerton, loved it. green, Maladroit, & Make Believe? Yep.. them too! Granted, over time, it tends to settle down and I have songs I like, songs I love, and some songs I don’t care for, but my initial reaction is usually, well, the best word I can think of is “gleeful”.

Along comes the “red” album, the latest effort, the latest self-titled, the self-described “four guys messing around in the studio”, and you know what, that’s exactly what it sounds like. The “experimentation” comes off as fartin’ around making the album an awkward mess. Take the song we are sharing today, “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)”… at 6 minutes, I think they crammed in 20 genres of music, in some effort to be epic? Instead it’s a messy medley of bad lyrics, unfinished thoughts, and well…. disappointing. It’s a like a joke that we are hearing second hand.

So, it breaks my heart. I’ll still love =w=, and will give the album many repeat tries to sink in, and, to be fair, we are missing the last few tracks, but, I don’t know. What happened? Is it me?

What do you think?

Weezer – The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)

You try to play cool
like you just don’t care
but soon I’ll be playing in your underwear
I’m like a mage
with a magic spell
you come like a dog when I ring your bell…

Listen (there’s more in the music listening lounge) & discuss…

Go show weezer all the love you can, no matter what, because it’s weezer and for some reason, it’s part of our DNA….

5 comments for “You try to play cool like you just don’t care

  1. pavement obssessed
    May 8, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    I feel bad for Weezer fans (I was never one) because this one is a real dud, there isn’t one redeeming song, not one. Sorry, but after three years this is the best they could come up with? Maybe they should just stick with the side projects and put Weezer to rest once and for all.

  2. Tsuru
    May 8, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    I hear ya… and I’m a fanboy! listening to Maladroit right now and rawkin’ out.

    This “thing” (the red album), is just a mess.

  3. ohhmorrissey
    May 8, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    blah blah blah… I love The Blue Album and Pinkerton too. I’m 31yrs old so those two albums hit at the perfect time in my life. Ever since then……. blah. More importantly, has anyone ever told you that you sorta look like Leonard Cohen circa 1970 Tsuru?

  4. Tsuru
    May 8, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    well, my friend, that can only be a good thing, cuz… the ladies love leonard!


  5. pavement pbssessed
    May 8, 2008 at 10:54 PM

    ohhmorrissey, I am only three years older than you, why were you listening to Weezer when you should have been listening to Pavement (or better yet, The Fall)?

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