Weezer – Pacific Daydream
Label: Atlantic Records
It’s fair to say that Weezer have been around the block for a while, since their formation in 1992 and the release of The Blue Album back in 1994 Weezer have reach the highest of highs in their career and the lowest of lows, and ever since the release of their second studio album Pinkerton back in 1996 it has been a rollercoaster of emotions with this band not being able to tell if you still like these guys or not. They have still continued to have a few hits during their 25 year career (thats right this band has been going for 25 years) and in that time they’ve had a few commercially successful albums and massive flops as well, however last year’s efforts in the form of The White Album gave even the casual Weezer fan a glimpse of hope in the band but the question is does their 11th studio album Pacific Daydream do a good job following it up?
Now I have a bit of a dilemma with this album so first we’re going to look at what I think are the highlights of the record, Mexican Fender does a great job opening up the album, out of all the tracks on this thing it really does feel the most like a classic Weezer track. The line “She loves me, she loves me, she loves me not” is that distinctive Weezer hook that this band are famous for doing, then we are led into Beach Boys and again with the those hooks they really do make the tracks and it is one of the main reasons people fall in love with this band.
The next two tracks after that Feels Like Summer and Happy Hour have a bit of an old school hip-hop vibe to them and the thing with Weezer is they are the band to try get quite experimental with various styles of music and it’s these tracks which are a great example of when the band successfully do it.
Overall I feel like Weezer do still have it in them The White Album really did show that Weezer isn’t dead and Pacific Daydream isn’t the death of this band by far, but with the last album it showed the band taking a massive leap forward and I feel with this record although they do have some really great tracks there is a small sense of them taking a bit of a step back. This could be just a small bump in the road because Weezer are a band that do this thing where they end up pulling through in the end.