I have enjoyed the music of Weezer much in the same way I have enjoyed Pop-Tarts: charmed by the novelty, but not very consumed with thought during the enjoyment. Troublemaker and The Greatest Man That Ever Lived, A+ tracks from The Red Album, were hilarious and fun despite their thinly veiled sexism. But Weezer's ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, available for preorder and streaming through iTunes Radio, is a different story. The first track, Ain't Got Nobody, samples an all-too-real interaction between parent and frightened child; there go the Pop-Tarts.
I can't complain that Weezer has decided to write music about personal subjects and tackle them with heart. This hasn't been absent from their past albums, but the songs that resonated with me were the ones that didn't seem to require any resonance at all. It's all for the better. Ain't Got Nobody is an excellent kick-starter, combining intimacy with Weezer's signature style and setting a high bar for the album.
Weezer also avoids the bear trap of sameness. With Everything, every song has its own definition, including and especially The Futurescope Trilogy, which parcels out a narrative into The Waste Land, Anonymous and Return to Ithaka. (It might remind you of Green Day's Jesus of Suburbia.)
With one album, Weezer has demanded that I take them seriously. Everything is one of autumn's first great albums and should be guaranteed a spot on any "best of 2014" list.
MAX ASAYESH-BROWN St. Petersburg High