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Weezer’s Pacific Daydream offers catchy beats, but not much else

Just over a year since the release of their successful “White Album,” Weezer is back again with their eleventh studio album, “Pacific Daydream.” With singles of “Feels Like Summer” and “Mexican Fender” released prior to the album dropping, “Pacific Daydream” was built up to be more of an experimental album, breaking off from the rough and tough guitar sounds of “White Album” and “Everything Will Be Alright In The End.” Not sure what to expect, it is now clear that Weezer is heading into a new musical realm.

Weezer, who has toured since 1992, is responsible for hits such as "Say It Ain't So," "Buddy Holly" and "Beverly Hills."
Weezer, who has toured since 1992, is responsible for hits such as “Say It Ain’t So,” “Buddy Holly” and “Beverly Hills.”

The album starts out with a pair of very “White Album”-esque tunes titled “Mexican Fender” and “Beach Boys,” which mix heavy guitar with hip-hop to create a dreamy vibe. Weezer’s frontman Rivers Cuomo sings of his summer love on “Mexican Fender,” which can serve as a chill sequel to “Thank God For Girls” from White Album. “Beach Boys” provides catchy lines on Cuomo’s time as a “west-side kid” and how The Beach Boys gave him such a free spirit. These songs serve as a fantastic transition from “White Album” to “Pacific Daydream” and set the stage for the rest of the album.

Following the opening two tracks is “Feels Like Summer,” which was released in March of 2017, just in time for, you guessed it, summer. “Feels Like Summer” is vastly different from anything from recent Weezer memory in that the song is almost entirely electronic music. This track definitely keeps the summer vibe going, but breaks off from the guitar/hip-hop sound created in the opening duo tracks.

Weezer's "White Album," released in 2016, was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
Weezer’s “White Album,” released in 2016, was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

From here on, Weezer’s “Pacific Daydream” takes on more of an electronic hip-hop sound. This is definitely disappointing, considering how promising “Mexican Fender” and “Beach Boys” sounded to start off the album. Although mostly electronic, the rest of Pacific Daydream offers some great laid-back beats, such as “Happy Hour” and “Get Right.” “Pacific Daydream” maintains the summer chill vibe throughout the whole album, which was definitely odd since the album was released in late October.

What Pacific Daydream did well was provide catchy beats to jam to while driving around or just hanging out with friends. However, there was nothing else eye-catching about the album. Had the listener never listened to past Weezer music, this album could be perceived as decent. However, the image Weezer built in the 1990’s definitely put a damper on enjoying this album.

Overall, “Pacific Daydream” gets a 6 out of 10. It isn’t the worst Weezer album, but it definitely doesn’t provide much substance. It is safe to say the “old Weezer” of the 90’s is dead and gone.

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