By Gabby Catalano
Since their emergence in the ’90s American rock industry alongside Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam, Weezer has captured the attention of older and younger music generations, leaving listeners in a state of awe. Their ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright In the End, features loud instrumentation and catchy beats. It produces sounds similar to the classic rock bands that paved the way for the grunge millennium (or at least it attempts to). Four years after the release of Hurley, Weezer has returned with a fresh thirteen-track album that features harmonies from Bethany Cosentino, shrill vocals from lead vocalist/guitarist Rivers Cuomo, smashing guitar riffs, and a darkly gritty aura.
After Weezer’s performance in San Diego last summer around the release of the EP Back to the Shack, it seemed as if the audience was captivated by their compelling performance and carefree ambiance. Their harsh style and dogged determination has kept them alive in the industry for twenty years, making them one of the few original ’90s bands today. When the announcement of Everything Will Be Alright In the End came, audiences knew the return would be risky, but it was far from that.
The first track, “Ain’t Got Nobody,” is a frightening introduction that plays a recording of a child telling their mother, “I’m having a nightmare.” The up-tempo song is a sort of nightmare that carries a grim and lonely theme through the repetition of “Ain’t got nobody” and “Nobody to really love me.” The background recordings of astronauts and dead guitars also add to the depressing mood, similar to Kurt Cobain’s music style.
The album follows a consistent theme: loneliness. This may have been Weezer’s intention, for most of the song titles carry gloomy connotations—like “Lonely Girl,” “The Waste Land,” and “The British Are Coming.” Cuomo’s soft to shouting vocals and strong drum beats make for an emotionally gripping performance. The synchronized melodies and romantic lyrics in “Go Away” add to the story of a teenage boy’s regrets about leaving a girl. There’s a personal touch to the album, which makes it more insular and free-associate.
If resonant chords, slow to quick tempos, and rich instrumentals are your musical callings, then this album will not disappoint.
Weezer will be playing at The Sinclair in Boston on Oct. 26.