Weezer (also known as The Red Album) is the sixth studio album by Weezer, released on June 3, 2008. Rick Rubin and Jacknife Lee both produced parts of the album, with the band producing a handful of tracks themselves. Like the group’s 1994 debut album Weezer, other band members contributed to songwriting. This is the first and, so far, the only Weezer album to feature lead vocals from all four band members. The album also features more musical experimentation in comparison to their previous efforts, especially shown in such songs as “Dreamin'”, “The Angel and The One” and “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived”. Two official singles were released from the album-“Pork and Beans” and “Troublemaker”-with both becoming successful modern rock songs.
Angel and the One, The
Greatest Man That Ever Lived, The (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)
Pork and Beans
Everybody Get Dangerous
Thought I Knew
Cold Dark World
The third self-titled album by Weezer mixes the hooky sound of their 1994 and 2001 releases (known as the “blue” and “green” albums, respectively) with the experimental tendencies of efforts like PINKERTON. Like its eponymously titled cousins, Weezer’s sixth release overall (destined to become known as “the red album”) sports a full frontal picture of the band, dressed this time in costumes that call to mind the Village People. Cheekiness has always been central to Weezer’s aesthetic: their music takes an arch, outsider’s approach to rock while still rocking out in earnest, channeling the awkwardness of the bookish geek through a cranked-up amplifier. This latest WEEZER embraces this contradiction with glee. With a hook-heavy, singalong melody driven by powerhouse guitars, lead single “Pork and Beans” is a subversive ditty about the pressures of tailoring one’s image and sound for commercial ends. “Troublemaker,” another anti-conformist tract, is wrapped in a tune tasty as cotton candy. This is classic Weezer: sure-fire pop songs that play both sides of the alternative/ mainstream fence. Yet the experimental aspects of the band are also represented on tunes like “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived,” which brings together Southern rap, heavy metal, religious hymns, and police sirens in one song.
Production by Rick Rubin and Jacknife Lee makes the songs gleam, but it’s the tunefulness, cleverness, and irresistibility of Weezer’s music that makes this another winner in the band’s discography.