Weezer Releases “Weezer (Teal Album)”


By Austin Stadie

It’s been 25 years since Weezer released their first album, and before the release of their much anticipated “Weezer (Black Album)” next month, they have dropped a 10 track cover record that runs for just over 36 minutes.

Weezer was all over social media in May of last year when they released their cover of Toto’s “Africa” after the song saw an odd resurgence in popularity despite it being released over 35 years ago. The single ended up being wildly successful and is likely what prompted them to release an entire album of covers.

The band also takes on Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” Here, they turned a pretty soft sounding song with pianos and electric instruments into something very rock oriented. Weezer’s cover may have even won me over, with its upbeat singing and great guitar riffs, it created a more exciting and stimulating listen.

Following that, is a cover of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This),” which sounds like a remastered version of the original. However, when you compare it with Marilyn Manson’s cover, it sounds like an upbeat pop song straight out of 2009, and it works. This track’s vibe and style is pretty much the polar opposite of Manson’s version, which may displease Marilyn Manson fans, but I still enjoyed it.

“Happy Together” by The Turtles is a ‘60s classic, and anyone listening to the song for the first time would be able to realize that fact almost immediately. Weezer takes that and modernizes it with some newer sounds while upping the speed. However, they are still very similar, meaning that if you like one, you’ll almost definitely enjoy the other.

Now, the song that became incredibly popular, and rightly so, with the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky” is probably the most universally loved song they covered, and thankfully, Weezer didn’t ruin it. Their cover was actually done quite well, but I feel as if it is nearly impossible to top such a great song, so it’s hard to fault them for not exceeding the original.

TLC is a group of three girls who make R&B music, so a cover of their “No Scrubs” by a rock band comprised of four dudes is wild, to say the least. Miraculously, thing song ended up being my favorite on the album. Not only is the singing and instrumental great, listening to the original, then contrasting it with the cover creates an incredible feeling. It really makes me long for a mix of the two songs in a duet style of sorts.

They also cover a few other notable songs like Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and A-ha’s “Take On Me,” but nothing that was really exciting or worth mentioning.  This album more than surprised me, with fantastic covers of some fantastic classics. A few songs, specifically “No Scrubs” and “Mr. Blue Sky,” really sold me on the entire album, and I will certainly be listening to both of those covers in the future.