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ALBUM REVIEW: Weezer - self-titled (Weezer)

Oh dear. What were Weezer thinking when they released this album?

The band that brought us the huge pop hit ‘Buddy Holly’ back in the ‘90s, have gone down the ‘karaoke’ route with this release.

Weezer. Image supplied by Pomona.
Weezer. Image supplied by Pomona.

The self-titled album, also known as the ‘teal album’ was released digitally back in January and is now out in CD version.

It’s a collection of covers of well-known songs, some of which the band have performed in their live shows.

I can imagine the songs going down well at a gig, but there’s nothing 'new' here on the album.

Their version of Toto’s smash-hit ‘Africa’ could be mistaken for the original. The same is true of Tears For Fears’ ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’.

‘Mr Blue Sky,’ and ‘Happy Together’ are 'ok'; and seeing A-ha’s ‘Take on Me’ on the list I was hoping to hear something imaginative done with this classic. Unfortunately, their version was the same as the original.

The only cover that really sounded a bit edgier was their version of TLC’s ‘No Scrubs.’

It’s not an album I’ll be listening to again, but if you like the original tracks, you might enjoy it.

The album is out now.

Reviewed by Zoe Myall


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