Other track reviews: Double Feature: Alt-J “3WW” & Fleet Foxes “Third of May / Ōdaigahara” (2017) // Lorde “Green Light” (2017) // Depeche Mode “Where’s The Revolution” (2017) // Brand New “I Am A Nightmare” (2016) // Ariana Grande “Into You” (2016) // Radiohead “Burn The Witch” (2016)
Does it feel like summer yet? Weezer thinks so. Less than a year after the universally acclaimed White Album, everyone’s favorite nerd-rock band is back with a new single and – you know it – the announcement of a new album slated for a 2017 release. Anyone who has rode the euphoric wave that has been Weezer’s unprecedented return to relevancy will be understandably hyped. Well, at least for a few minutes. If you’d like to hold onto that enthusiasm a little bit longer, stop reading here.
In what I wish was not typical “Weezer fashion”, the new single takes this band’s resurgent existence and, both forcefully and decisively, pulls the life support plug. “Feels Like Summer” is an auto-tuned, repetitive mess – channeling the worst of modern pop radio and fusing it with the pompous sense of stature that destroyed Make Believe. I wish such descriptors were merely a bout of frustration; hyperbole brought on by disappointment. However, it’s best you just decide for yourself:
It’s clear that Weezer has not learned from its own history. Instead of continuing to ride what they do best, pleasing fans and solidifying their own legacy in the process, they’ve gotten too big for their britches again. I’m not against experimentation, but it’s got to sound better than this. It’d be an easier pill to swallow if this were an outtake, or a peak at an EP even, but the fact that this is the lead single to their eleventh full-length LP is downright depressing. Weezer, if you read this, I implore you: it’s not too late. Scrap this, and scrap the whole damn project if it sounds in any way similar. I’ll take an album in 2018 or 2019, there’s no rush. Do it for me, do it for your fans, and do it for your own legacy. For the love of God, take your own advice from 3 years ago.
I thought I’d get a new audience, I forgot that disco sucks
I ended up with nobody and I started feeling dumb
Maybe I should play the lead guitar and Pat should play the drums