Review: Pacific Daydream — Weezer

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Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at 4:13 PM
Review: Pacific Daydream — Weezer by Dakota Palmer

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

If you’re like me, you find yourself occasionally listening to “The Blue Album” vinyl on your Victrola, basking in the greatness that is Weezer’s first album. Since then, the band has proven its place in the rock world with hits such as, “Say It Ain’t So,” “Undone (The Sweater Song)” and “Buddy Holly.”

However, if you are again like me, you know that Weezer has also put out some pretty terrible songs and albums (looking at you, “Raditude”).

One of these terrible albums, released on Oct. 27 (a true Halloween horror), was “Pacific Daydream,” the band’s eleventh studio album. The record, 34 minutes in length, is about 35 minutes too long.

Originally supposed to be “The Black Album,” this LP was the brainchild of frontman Rivers Cuomo after concluding a 2016 tour with Panic! At the Disco. Cuomo intended to write songs for “The Black Album,” but he ended up writing more songs that didn’t fit that album’s mold and would end up becoming “Pacific Daydream,” according to an interview with The Los Angeles Times.

Cuomo described this album as “just about being lonely, [and] not having a social circle.” In a world full of songs about love and heartbreak, Cuomo took a chance to shy away from the norm.

Unfortunately, the way in which he did it came off as boring — a poor album full of middle class problems for middle class people.

While this album does have some hints of love, there is a good amount of songs that are just...plain.

In “Happy Hour,” the band begins the song with a narration of sorts, describing how the singer is “like Stevie Ray Vaughn on the stage, high on music,” and then while daydreaming is crushed by his boss “with a 20 ton weight, just like in ‘Monty Python.’” The chorus chants, “I need a happy hour on sad days,” reflecting the feelings of many people with 9-5 jobs which they hate.

The rest of the song involves the singer stuck in various daydreams and being brought back to reality.

The second song on the album, “Beach Boys,” is about — wait for it— listening to the Beach Boys. This song wouldn’t be awful if the lyrics weren’t so dull.

“Turn it up/It’s the Beach Boys/Making my eyes get moist/Hold ‘em up at gunpoint/Keep cranking them Beach Boys,” is more than boring and seems like just generally lazy songwriting.

“QB Blitz” addresses being lonely and trying to fit in. This song is one of the better ones on the album, as it isn’t 100 percent lifeless. The writing in the verses is far superior to the writing on the rest of the album and with hard-hitting emotional lyrics like, “It’s hard to make real friends/My friends have lots of friends/I don’t hang out enough,” you can see why. Everyone can relate to the feeling of being alone, being a burden, etc. It really captures some of the sad realities of the human experience.

Finally, Cuomo adds a little bit of love into this album with the song, “Weekend Woman.” Again, he reiterates the middle class issues, saying, “Just can’t seem to get back there/I’m getting stuck in the weekday traffic/All I want to see her/All I want is to reach my weekend woman.” This track is very repetitive and leaves a lot to be desired.

I understand bands have to take risks in their careers — especially when they have 20+ years of rock band experience — but this was bad. Worse than “High Maintenance” with Cuomo and Miranda Cosgrove.

This album is some of the band’s worst work. I hope that Weezer starts to value quality of albums over quantity, or else by the time “The Black Album” comes out in 2018, they might not have a fan base left.

Standout tracks: None

Dakota Palmer is the news editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com.

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