Death to False Metal

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Death to False Metal
Compilation album by Weezer
Released November 2, 2010 (2010-11-02)
Recorded 1993–2010
Genre Alternative rock, power pop
Length 32:52
Label Geffen
Producer Weezer, Rick Rubin, Shawn Everett, Rivers Cuomo
Weezer chronology
Hurley
(2010)
Death to False Metal
(2010)
Everything Will Be Alright in the End
(2014)

Death to False Metal is a compilation album by the American alternative rock band Weezer, released on November 2, 2010 by Geffen Records. The album comprises several previously unreleased tracks from throughout Weezer's career, with vocalist and guitarist Rivers Cuomo stating "Together, [these songs] are the album that should logically follow Hurley." The album debuted at number 48 on the US Billboard 200.[1]

The album was released simultaneously with the deluxe edition of the band's second studio album, Pinkerton. The title comes from a phrase that Cuomo and his younger brother used when they were children.

Background and recording[edit]

Originally known as Odds and Ends, the album was first mentioned by guitarist Brian Bell during the summer of 2008. Vocalist and guitarist Rivers Cuomo states that the tracks are "great songs, great recordings, but for some reason they didn't make the final cut for a record. And like the Alone record, they span a vast period of time from the very beginning of our career in the early '90s right up to the present day."

Frontman Rivers Cuomo considers Death to False Metal to be Weezer's ninth studio album. Band webmaster and historian Karl Koch describes the release differently as "a special album, [...] sort of like Weezer's version of Rivers' Alone records."[2]

The version of "Mykel & Carli" on the iTunes version of the album differs from the previously released version on the "Undone – The Sweater Song" single in 1994 and later the deluxe edition of the band's self-titled 1994 debut. It has been speculated by fans that it is the original 1993 recording of the song from The Blue Album sessions,[3] with the more common previously released version known to have been recorded in the summer of 1994.[4]

The opening track "Turning Up the Radio" is the product of Rivers Cuomo's YouTube songwriting project Let's Write a Sawng.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 56/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
Alter The Press 4/5[7]
Billboard 52/100[8]
Consequence of Sound 2.5/5 stars[9]
Drowned in Sound 4/10[10]
IGN 7.5/10[11]
InYourSpeakers 52/100[12]
Pitchfork Media 3.5/10[13]

According to Metacritic, Death to False Metal has received mixed reviews, receiving an average score of 56/100.[5]

Allmusic gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, saying "It's a wonder why a few of these cuts didn't pop up before this, but as a collection of outtakes, they hold together better than some of the band's proper albums."[6] Drowned in Sound gave it a 4 out of 10, calling it "lineage of dumbed down music to even more dumb lyrics", citing songs such as "Blowin' My Stack" and "Trampoline".[10] IGN gave it a 7.5 out of 10, citing "...the album feels a lot more cohesive than similar rarities sets, though a little more diversity would have made for a more interesting listen."[11]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Rivers Cuomo, except where noted.

Standard edition
  1. "Turning Up the Radio" – 3:37 (Alfredo Robert Carballo, Rivers Cuomo, Paul Dutton, Patrick Gannon, Joshua Godinez, Daniel James Kelsch, Reshad Malik, Cameron L. Maris, Sam Mitchell (Drummer in Caretaker), Taylor Morden, Daniel Powell, Lauren Sonder, Nishant Thakur, Justin Vail, Mike Danger Kingsly Vanata & Ryan Wiesbrock)
  2. "I Don't Want Your Loving" – 3:03
  3. "Blowin' My Stack" – 3:44 (Rivers Cuomo, Brian Bell & Scott Shriner)
  4. "Losing My Mind" – 4:02
  5. "Everyone" – 2:49
  6. "I'm a Robot" – 2:31
  7. "Trampoline" – 2:45
  8. "The Odd Couple" – 3:07
  9. "Autopilot" – 2:57
  10. "Unbreak My Heart" (originally performed by Toni Braxton) – 4:11 (Diane Warren)
International bonus tracks
  1. "Yellow Camaro" – 1:54 (Brian Bell) [Japan only]
  2. "Outta Here" – 2:34
iTunes Store / Vinyl bonus track
  1. "Mykel & Carli" – 3:14 (Previously unused version from the The Blue Album recording sessions)

Personnel[edit]

Credits[edit]

  • Art Direction, Design – Andy Mueller (2)
  • Artwork By [Cover And Back Painting] – Robert Pitt
  • Mastered By – Dave Collins
  • Mixed By – Marc McClusky (tracks: 1 to 3)
  • Photography – Daniel Field, Karl Koch, Sean Murphy, Spike Jonze
  • Written-By – Rivers Cuomo (tracks: 1 to 9)[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Weezer". All Music. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  2. ^ "2010/10/12 Death To False Metal!". Weezer. 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2011-07-31. 
  3. ^ "Weezer Recording History Page 5". Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  4. ^ "Weezer Recording History Page 6". Retrieved 2010-12-06.  "Mykel and Carli (appeared on many foreign singles, plus the "Hear You Me!" compilation)"
  5. ^ a b "Death to False Metal Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  6. ^ a b "Review: Death to False Metal". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  7. ^ Reid, Sean (2009-08-20). "Album Review: Weezer - Death To False Metal". Alter The Press!. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  8. ^ "Weezer, "Death to False Metal"". Billboard. 2010-11-15. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  9. ^ "Album Review: Weezer – Death to False Metal". Consequence of Sound. 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  10. ^ a b Wood, Marie (2010-11-11). "Weezer - Death to False Metal / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  11. ^ a b "Weezer: Death To False Metal Review". IGN. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  12. ^ Bogen, Joseph (10 November 2010). "InYourSpeakers: Reviews: Weezer: Death to False Metal". Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  13. ^ Cohen, Ian. "Album Reviews: Weezer: Pinkerton (Deluxe Edition) / Death to False Metal". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  14. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Weezer-Death-To-False-Metal/release/2867009. 

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