Death to False Metal
|Death to False Metal|
|Studio album by Weezer|
|Released||November 2, 2010|
|Genre||Alternative rock, power pop|
|Producer||Weezer, Rick Rubin, Shawn Everett, Rivers Cuomo,|
Death to False Metal is the ninth studio album by 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 was released simultaneously with the deluxe edition of the band's second studio album, Pinkerton. The title is a reference to Manowar's common phrase often used in their song lyrics (such as "Master of the Wind") and album sleeves. Unlike their previous albums, the album was not promoted with a single, nor had any singles released from it.
Background & recording
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."
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, with the more common previously released version known to have been recorded in the summer of 1994.
|Alter The Press||4/5|
|Consequence of Sound|||
|Drowned in Sound||4/10|
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." 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". 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."
All songs written by Rivers Cuomo, except where noted.
- Standard edition
- "Turning Up the Radio" – 3:37
- "I Don't Want Your Loving" – 3:03 (Rivers Cuomo, Brian Bell, Scott Shriner)
- "Blowin' My Stack" – 3:44
- "Losing My Mind" – 4:02
- "Everyone" – 2:49
- "I'm a Robot" – 2:31
- "Trampoline" – 2:45
- "The Odd Couple" – 3:07
- "Autopilot" – 2:57
- "Un-Break My Heart" (originally performed by Toni Braxton) – 4:11 (Diane Warren)
- International bonus tracks
- "Yellow Camaro" – 1:54 (Brian Bell) [Japan only]
- "Outta Here" – 2:34
- iTunes Store bonus track
- "Mykel & Carli" – 3:14 (Previously unused version from the The Blue Album recording sessions)
- Rivers Cuomo - lead vocals, guitar, keyboard
- Patrick Wilson - drums, percussion
- Brian Bell - guitar, backing vocals, synth, keyboard
- Scott Shriner - bass, backing vocals
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