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Ok, but not essential Weezer listening
on 5 December 2011
I bought this album faithfully as a devoted Weezer fan with relatively low expectations. Make believe wasn't really my cup of tea and Raditude was downright awful. Hurley was a great improvement and for this reason I bought Death To False Metal.
This is meant to be an album of b-sides and rarities so I approached it with relatively low hopes.
The album starts well with "Turning up the Radio" and "I don't want your Loving". These two songs are more or less what Weezer do best. Relatively simple yet powerful rock anthems. "Blowing My Stack" is in a similar vein but much less remarkable.
From here the album diversifies. "Losing my mind" is supposed to be an emotional ballad but really doesnt cut it. "I'm a robot" has a sixties feel and is allright despite Rivers Cuomo's cringeworthy Vocals. "Autopilot" embraces the alternative feel of "The Red Album" but again due to embarrasing and often childish lyrics falls short.
Between these songs are "Trampoline" and "The Odd Couple" which again are more examples of the perfect Weezer sound.
The album ends with the unnecessarily "Emotional" "Unbreak My Heart". The lyrics frankly are sickening and this again just doesn't grab me.
All in all it's quite a good album. An essential for dedicated fans but Weezer have released much more exciting and interesting albums, so if You're buying Weezer for the first time, head for something earlier.