Weezer: Hurley

There will never be another blue album.

There will never be another Pinkerton.

However, as much as I respected Weezer’s commitment to “do the things I wanna do” with Raditude, I’m really excited to see them stripping down (did I just say that) on this new record and getting back to a more nostalgic sound.

Back to rock & roll and with a outpouring of emotion that we haven’t seen from them in many, many years.

I seriously can’t wait to blast this in the car and sing along. I may actually leave the house for a change just so I can do so.

My voice will be cracking with perfection on the high notes on “Memories,” my foot tapping and eyes welling with that teenage feeling on the sounds-like-a-green-b-side “Ruling Me,” and “Unspoken” is already stuck in my head and I have no problem at all with the fact that it will be for weeks to come.

Our life will be broken. Our hate will be unspoken.

And as much as I loved the red album and the relinquishing of pop-star efforts that seemed to precede it, I still felt like some of the red b-side tracks could have replaced the album’s main ones to make it more solid.

This is definitely not the case here, as Hurley takes advantage of every single track in true old-school Weezer style. It’s almost a curse to mention Pinkerton, but you can almost hear it on songs like “Run Away.”

Such a sigh of relief when a Weezer record lives up to my always-way-too-high expectations.

“Brave New World” even gets quite odorifous—though it isn’t my favorite track on the album—it most closely touches on the this year’s theme from my life’s soundtrack.

This is the dawning of a brave new world. I don’t know where I’m going, but I know I’ll figure it out.

So to those who may have wondered over the last decade why I’ve stayed loyal to Weezer, I could point out a few highlights like “The Greatest Man that Ever Lived,” but instead I can now just say “Hurley.”

Check out the first music video from Hurley single “Memories.”

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