With their upcoming ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, nerd rock icons Weezer promised a return to their roots, an LP with “the tight structure of The Blue Album with a little bit more abandon like Pinkerton.” That certainly encapsulated “Back To The Shack”, a rip-roaring anthem built on the twin backs of epic guitar antics and a mix of cheesy-meets-insightful lyricism.
Today, Weezer prepare another blast from their very own past with “Cleopatra”. In terms of the Blue Album–Pinkerton model, this hard rock ballad leans decidedly toward the former. Rivers Cuomo’s longing vocals riding atop those signature Weezer riffs, backed by some especially explosive percussion, remind this writer of a more metal-leaning, less self-aware version of “The World Has Turned and Left Me Here”. But even as they dive deep into their own back catalog, Weezer keep things interesting by imbuing the track with a healthy dose of experience and cynicism, adding new layers to a sound that can occasionally be all too familiar.
Listen in below (via Alternative Press).
Everything Will Be Alright In The End is due out October 7th via Republic Records. Produced by Ric Ocasek, who previously helmed The Blue Album and The Green Album, the 11-track album also includes “Go Away”, which features Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino.
Everything Will Be Alright In The End Tracklist:
01. Ain’t Got Nobody
02. Back to the Shack
03. Eulogy for a Rock Band
04. Lonely Girl
05. I’ve Had It Up to Here
06. The British Are Coming
07. Da Vinci
08. Go Away
10. Foolish Father
11. The Futurescope Trilogy