The excitement surrounding Weezer's triumphant comeback has long since faded, leaving fans with the difficult task of deciding whether post-Pinkerton Weezer still qualifies as Weezer, as opposed to a group of imposters touring under the same name. While there is certainly some familiarity to be found in their new material, and leeway should be granted for line-up changes and the evolution of their sound, I can't help but feel that something crucial was lost along the way.
No, The Red Album is not the return to form that some people were hoping for, but at this point I'm pretty much convinced that such a return will never come. What it does have is a handful of better than average songs ("Pork and Beans", "Troublemaker" and "Dreamin'"), and a few tracks where other band members take their turns singing, which is a nice change of pace. Sadly, Rivers' lyrics have long since stopped being quirky and endearing and are now just completely cheesy. Perhaps that's why I dig this cover of Korean pop star BoA, where the lyrics aren't in English anyway! "Meri Kuri" is a bonus track on the Japanese version of The Red Album, and one of 5 or 6 b-sides that you can currently find floating around out there on the world wide web.
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