Fueled by a newfound independence, Weezer makes an album that calls back the days of Pinkerton and the Blue Album. With the backing of indie label Epitaph, it feels like Weezer finally got to make an album that they wanted to make. Gone are the hip-hop inspired and pop-rocky melodies and back are the raging guitars and silly lyrics. Hurley feels like a nostalgia album and not just because its first single, “Memories,” is a high energy throwback to the bands times of playing hacky-sac and listening to Rage. In songs like “Where’s My Sex” and “Smart Girls,” Weezer proves that they can be just as geeky and quirky as when they were on top of their game.
However, this is nowhere near a perfect album, and it’s also a far stretch to call it a good comeback. There are times when the songs seem like a big bad inside joke that the listener isn’t privy to.
Give these tracks a listen: “Ruling Me,” “Unspoken”
For fans of: The Offspring
– Anastasia Zhuravleva