Weezer - "Teal Album" Review

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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 6:30 am

It’s been two years since the release of Pacific Daydream, and now Weezer are back once again with new music for longtime fans to enjoy. Their next record, titled The Black Album, is set to release in March of 2019. To help build up hype for this record, the band has released a cover album titled The Teal Album.

This ten track cover album mostly consists of popular ‘80s hits such as “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Eurythmics and “Take On Me” by A-ha. Older songs also appear on here as Weezer have produced impressive covers of “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath and “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra. The song that was most surprising to find on here was TLC’s hit from the late ‘90s, “No Scrubs.”

As intriguing as this lineup of covers is, that hasn’t stopped the band from receiving any sort of criticism. Some have said that Weezer are trying too hard to appeal to this nostalgic generation by covering “meme songs.” Others believe that the band is aware of that, but they just wanted to put out something that’s fun for everyone to listen to. Regardless of what people think of Weezer for doing this, what matters the most is how well the actual songs were done.

Weezer has tried staying faithful to the original songs without making too many drastic changes. Rivers Cuomo’s vocals are very impressive in “Take On Me” as he hits the high notes during the chorus. There’s a welcome change in the third verse of the song in the form of an acoustic section, and it works well with the rest of the song. I was especially impressed with “Paranoid” as Cuomo does a great job trying to replicate Ozzy Osbourne’s voice on the track. It’s the most heavy song on the album, but it really caught me by surprise. The song that I really enjoyed on the record was “No Scrubs.” Cuomo’s voice works well here, and the whole band did a good job replicating the late 90’s feel the song gives off.

Unfortunately, there are a couple tracks on here that seem to fall flat. Weezer’s cover of “Africa” wasn’t as impressive due to the original drumbeat being changed. It just felt off listening to this track and wishing it were more like the original. I wasn’t particularly impressed with their cover of “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson. Don’t get me wrong, this is one of my many favorite Michael Jackson songs. However, I don’t think an alternative rock version of it works very well.

Despite a few lackluster covers, I think this is a fun cover album. Whether or not it should be considered part of Weezer’s list of “official” albums is up for debate. I believe that they were just trying to have some fun with some classic songs, and that’s all that matters.