Last time: 2010 felt like the end times. While Hurley had some fans among Weezer’s listenership, it didn’t restore their reputation hugely after the critical and commercial failure of Raditude. The band retreated into near radio-silence, starting their longest effective hiatus since before The Red Album. Surely they couldn’t possibly return in a way that would recapture anything like their former glories…?

Continue reading →

Last time (nearly two years ago, sorry about that) Weezer’s sixth album, and third self-titled, The Red Album, was an inconsistent but often fascinating bag of ideas. It struggled for sales, but arguably found the 21st Century iteration of the band at their most defined. It also saw them enter their most prolific period of releases, with three main albums and three rarities compilations released between 2008 and 2010. But did quantity equal quality? Well…

Continue reading →

Last time, Weezer had their most successful album since 1994 in the shape of Make Believe – but it was an album that split the existing fandom, and seemed to point towards a more mainstream pop-rock direction for the band. Read on to find out where they went next…

Continue reading →

When we last left our run through Weezer’s song history, the 2002 album Maladroit – essentially a “best of” collection of the previous year’s worth of recording and releasing new songs online – had failed to set the world on fire, despite a Muppets-themed video for one of its singles. Now read on to find out what happened over the next three years…

Continue reading →

Well, that new Weezer album turned out to be rather good, didn’t it? So much so that I’m really looking forward to discussing it in detail, particularly in the context of everything that preceded it. So with that in mind, I’d really better get around to finishing off said context. Here, then, is the latest part of my era-by-era trek through the band’s songwriting history. If this is the first time you’ve landed on one of these posts, you might want to head back to the start and go from there. But if you’re up to date, if you’ll recall that last time around we left things at the end of The Green Album‘s release period – so let’s crack on with the hectic remainder of 2001…

Continue reading →