I still remember the first time I heard Ozma's album Rock and Roll Part Three. It was around the same time Weezer had announced their reformation for "The Green Album", and it suddenly became clear to me just how far reaching their influence had been over the past decade. I mean, these guys sounded exactly like Weezer... in some ways, even better than the new Matt Sharp-less Weezer. Then they actually went on tour with Weezer, before going on to release Spending Time on the Borderline, an album that took their sound in a different, more "mature" direction. I'll be honest, I thought it was kind of dull. Then they broke up.
Luckily, the story doesn't end there as Ozma decided to get back together in 2006 and play some shows before sitting down to record a new album. Pasadena hits stores next week, and it marks a return to that catchy Weezer sound... which is great in my opinion, because the real Weezer seem to have lost it a long time ago. If that's not enough to get you interested, the song "Heartache vs. Heartbreak" features vocals from Rachel Haden of The Rentals. The album also features new recordings of the songs "Eponine" and "No One Needs to Know".
» Bonus Track: Underneath My Tree
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