Weezer - Death To False Metal
After seven studio albums Weezer serve up some leftovers from previous efforts, spanning their entire career. These tracks have been described by Rivers Cuomo as “great songs, great recordings, but for some reason they didn't make the final cut for a record”. Compilation albums can be curios, sometimes providing insight into a band, other times all you can sense is cynical cashing in. By their definition compilations can struggle to come across as a coherent whole, but have Weezer managed to achieve this here?
We’re definitely in curio rather than coherent territory but some of these tracks are exactly as Coumo describes: great. There’s a welcome lightness of touch which helps the album storm past and before you know it you’re in the twilight zone closer, Toni Braxton’s 'Unbreak My Heart'. This album takes us through some typical Weezer relationship country: unrequited love; relationship drift and avoiding being the next notch on a bedpost all get a dusting off. Amongst them are two songs about the perils of the 9-5: 'Blowing My Stack' and 'I’m a Robot', which when not on a compilation album, could feel like thematic overkill but here just feel a bit rich when a rock star preaches about how bad it is not to be one.
This week we've also reviewed Weezer's seminal Pinkerton. Whilst it’s perhaps unfair to compare a “proper” album to a compliation of outtakes it can be said that whereas Death to False Metal loses out in emotional rawness to Pinkerton it wins on kooky, singalong charm. You pay your money, you take your chances.