Throwback Thursday (Music) | Weezer’s “Red Album”

A must-listen to anyone who enjoys early 2000s alternative.




There is an exciting, confusing, and all around awesome mix of genres, combined with singable lyrics and catchy hooks. Weezer is all about the mix and match, and this album doesn’t skimp.

Taking Weezer’s typical pop-punk, you-can’t-mess-with-me style, the Red Album definitely doesn’t quit nor change. Everything is dynamically flowing into one another, each song its own without being quite too out there, alone in the musical universe. The album fits together in the weirdest puzzle of sound and genre.

There is just something about the strong vocals mixed with the face-paced guitar that brings the early 2000s party to fruition.

“The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” is one of the best, underrated tracks on the album—the anti-hit—encompassing numerous genres all in one song. Weezer’s artistry truly shines here, causing even the most reclusive and pessimistic person to start moving, jumping, fist-pumping, and singing along. Afterwards, “Pork and Beans” is the obvious hit.

Even the slower, more serious tracks like “Heart Songs” and “The Angel and the One” don’t skip a beat when it comes to traditional Weezer songs. The only tricky song is “Thought I Knew” which has a different vocalist.

Unfortunately, after the catchy, hippie-dippy song “Dreamin’,” the album sort of takes a nosedive. The other songs slip under the radar, relying on the unfamiliar synthesizer sounds to try to create some kind of hook. They expectedly fail.  

After listening to more recent Weezer albums (like Raditude), this album definitely seems old and new at the same time. It follows all the traditional Weezer formulas, keeping its listeners beatin’ and boppin’ throughout most of it, yet seems completely new and different. However, it doesn’t quite have the same authenticity as the older stuff—think Blue Album or Make Believe. Luckily, Weezer didn’t change so much in 2008, when the Red Album was released.

It definitely doesn’t live up to the same caliber as its sister albums, the Blue Album and the Green Album, but it definitely doesn’t escape the heart of Weezer fans. A must-listen to anyone who enjoys early 2000s alternative. B | Vella Mour

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