‘The Red Album’ is their fourth self titled album in seven years and once again, it drips with the sweet taste of irony that Weezer do so effortlessly well.
The first release of the twelve track album, Pork and Beans, is as current and accurately sarcastic as Beverley Hills. With lyrics like ‘Timberland knows the way to reach the top of the chart, maybe if I work with him I can perfect the art’ screaming what appears to be the subconscious beliefs of so many artists that smother the music charts.
Whilst Weezer deliver all the anti-conformist satire and goose-bump prompting lyrics like ‘we are the angels and we are the ones that are praying’, there is something different about the new Weezer album that in a different place to its predecessors.
Tracks like ‘Thought I Knew’ and ‘Cold Dark World’ have a much darker sound that not only did the more jovial and recognised songs like ‘Buddy Holly’ resist but that even the more melancholy album tracks failed to show.
Whether this change of sound is due to guitarist, Brian Bell and drummer, Pat Wilson’s influence on song writing and lead vocals or simply because since forming in 1994 and some time out, the band’s maturity has naturally progressed.
For whichever reason, whilst the album does not necessarily intoxicate the listener, it clearly bares all the ingredients required in order to please existing fans and to lure in a new audience with this new established sound – something inarguably impressive for a band that formed over a decade ago.