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Fun Retro Stuff for the '80s kids
30 January 2019
I'll preface this by saying my pre-existing knowledge of Weezer existed of "Buddy Holly," "Hash Pipe," and their cover of "Rainbow Connection" (all of which I've enjoyed, but have never taken the plunge into their catalog). I actually recently stumbled upon their cover of Toto's "Africa," only because I was looking for Weird Al videos one night. Anyways, after hearing that they were releasing a whole album of mostly '80s stuff, I was interested and downloaded the whole thing. Given my limited scope of the band, I can't comment on how devoted fans will appreciate this covers-fest, but as a casual listener (and late-'70s born nerd), this album hits the spot. There are no off-the-wall reworkings, here; just true to the original redos, with a crunchier guitar sounds in all the right places. Highlights are the aforementioned "Africa," "Everybody Wants To Rule the World," and "Take On Me." Low points (not that they're bad, just by comparison), are "Scrubs," and "Happy Together"--but that probably has more to do with the source material than the versions here. Overall, this is a nice fluffy treat for someone who grew up with these songs, but likes a little guitar punch with their music now. Highly recommended.