Last week, after days of speculation, Weezer officially announced the release date of their 10th studio album. Known as The White Album (colloquially—after Blue, Green, and Red), it will be released on April 1st and will be followed by an extensive North American summer tour with Panic! At The Disco.
After 2014’s (still vastly under appreciated) release of Everything Will Be Alright in the End, The White Album will see Weezer go entirely in their own direction. Everything Will Be Alright in the End was marketed mainly as a "return to their roots" after a string of underwhelming albums. The White Album, though, is free from any such claims. In fact, Weezer also left their record label after the release of Everything Will Be Alright in the End, removing a potentially massive external influence. The White Album will see Rivers Cuomo & Co. left entirely to their own devices, for better or for worse.
The three releases so far—“Thank God for Girls,” “Do You Wanna Get High?,” and the most recent “King of the World”—all seem…promising? Decent? Even after multiple listens, I’m still not entirely sure how to feel about the songs. While they do start to grow on you, and while “King of the World” is definitely the best of the three, there is no better way to express my exact feelings than to say that they just kind of...exist. I can’t definitively say if they’re good or bad.
The songs are definitely Weezer, though. I might go so far as to say that it is physically impossible for Rivers Cuomo to write a song that isn’t extremely catchy. Also, the lyrics are what you’d expect: pretty weird, most likely ironic, and often off-putting. Even for Weezer, the lyrics are pretty strange, but that’s not unintentional.
“I’m proud of the demented lyrics that are like, ‘What? Who says that? Who thinks that? What planet am I on? I don’t know, but I kinda wanna stay,’" Cuomo exclaimed in an interview. “Welcome to our planet, people!”
Like the album, the tour promises to be an interesting experience. It will be Weezer’s first extensive tour in support of an album since 2008, when they toured for The Red Album. Although they’ve toured every year since then, they've never done so in the traditional, "release-an-album-then-do-a-huge-tour" kind of way. Throw in the co-headliners Panic! At The Disco, and the tour will be entertaining, at the very least. Tickets can be secured here.
Assuming the announcement isn’t an elaborate April Fools joke (which could very well be a possibility), the next few months will determine whether Weezer can capitalize on the momentum that Everything Will Be Alright In The End provided. Whatever happens, it won’t be boring.