Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Rivers Cuomo - Blast Off!

Weezer just announced that their sixth studio album will be released this April, although I can't say I'm particularly enthused. Like a lot of Weezer fans, I found that once the initial excitement of their big comeback wore off, the realization hit home that there wasn't much in the way of decent music coming out to support it. Make Believe, their third album since breaking the hiatus in 2000, was the final nail in the coffin for me. It was so mediocre I couldn't even bring myself to buy it.

That said, there's another upcoming Weezer release on the horizon that probably will get my money, and that is Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo. After years of fans passing around bootleg demos of half-finished songs, we will finally get official recordings of some early Weezer tracks that never saw the light of day. Many of the songs (including "Blast Off!") originate from an aborted "space opera" concept album that was supposed to follow The Blue Album called Songs From The Black Hole. For whatever reason, it didn't pan out at the time, although some tunes still found their way onto Pinkerton. Rivers claims he only recently summoned the courage to release this stuff to the public; personally I think Geffen Records only recently realized there's a market for them after the positive online reaction to a leaked Cuomo song titled "Pig" earlier in the year.

You can hear a few more of the unfinished demos over at Twelve Major Chords. Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo hits stores on Dec. 18th.

» Bonus Track: I Just Threw Out The Love of My Dreams (feat. Rachel Haden)
» Pre-order it on Amazon


Peter said...

I agree that they've lost a lot of the magic, but I've heard that Weezer is working with Rick Rubin on a new album. He's had the Midas touch in the past, especially with artists or groups that are a bit past their prime, so maybe we'll see another solid album in the future.

Sean said...

Rick Rubin rules, but at this point I think the only thing that could save Weezer is a reunion with Matt Sharp. Although, to be fair, Sharp's solo stuff hasn't really done much for me either.

mike said...

Rick Rubin produced Make Believe

Anonymous said...

Yeah, and Maladroit was far superior to Make Believe, so I have no idea how it will sound. I'll still buy it either way though.

Less Lee Moore said...

Oh Weezer...sigh.

I've had an ongoing love/hate thing with them for so long. Not so much hate for them, but hate for their decline. (Whoa, Say It Ain't So just came on Rock Band!) Nothing since the Blue Album, IMO, matches the perfect synthesis of rocking and catchy/clever/introspective lyrics. I mean, I do like Pinkerton, but it's such a cry of pain and so messy, it's sort of unlistenable for me.

Anyway, I'm just rambling now. But I really do want to hear this Rivers stuff.