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)
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