Death to False Metal

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Death to False Metal
Death to False Metal cover.jpg
Compilation album by Weezer
ReleasedNovember 2, 2010 (2010-11-02)
Recorded1993–2010
GenreAlternative rock, power pop
Length32:52
LabelGeffen
Producer
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 American 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 that the songs together make an album that should "logically follow Hurley."[1] The album debuted at number 48 on the US Billboard 200.[2]

The album was released simultaneously with the deluxe edition of the band's second studio album, Pinkerton (1996). 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."[3]

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,[4] with the more common previously released version known to have been recorded in the summer of 1994.[5]

The album's opening track, "Turning Up the Radio", is the product of Rivers Cuomo's YouTube songwriting project Let's Write a Sawng, a process where the frontman curated a 15-step program where people were free to submit ideas such as titles, chord progressions and melodies to create a collaborative song through the video-sharing platform. The resulting song has seventeen co-writers and involves tracks recorded across various locations.[6]

On September 25, 2014 it was announced that the album would be available on vinyl for the first time.[7]

The cover art for the album mimics that of a religious tract from Jehovah's Witnesses featuring an artist's impression of a perfect planet Earth.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic56/100[8]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[9]
Alter the Press!4/5[10]
Billboard52/100[11]
Consequence of Sound2.5/5 stars[12]
Drowned in Sound4/10[13]
Hot Press4/5 stars[14]
IGN7.5/10[15]
InYourSpeakers52/100[16]
Pitchfork3.5/10[17]
Punknews.org2.5/5 stars[18]

According to Metacritic, Death to False Metal has received mixed reviews, receiving an average score of 56/100.[8]

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."[9] 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".[13] 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."[15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Rivers Cuomo, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Turning Up the Radio" (Cuomo, Alfredo Robert Carballo, Paul Dutton, Patrick Gannon, Joshua Godinez, Daniel James Kelsch, Reshad Malik, Cameron L. Maris, Sam Mitchell, Taylor Morden, Daniel Powell, Lauren Sonder, Nishant Thakur, Justin Vail, Mike Danger, Kingsly Vanata & Ryan Wiesbrock)3:37
2."I Don't Want Your Loving"3:03
3."Blowin' My Stack" (Cuomo, Brian Bell, Scott Shriner)3:44
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" (Diane Warren)4:11
Total length:32:52
International bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
11."Yellow Camaro" (Brian Bell)1:54
12."Outta Here"2:34
iTunes Store/Vinyl bonus track
No.TitleLength
13."Mykel and Carli"3:13

"Unbreak My Heart" originally performed by Toni Braxton.
"Yellow Camaro" exclusive Japanese track.
"Mykel and Carli" unreleased version from The Blue Album's sessions.

Personnel[19][edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weezer Set To Release "Hurley" Follow-up Album In November". KROQ FM. 2010-10-12. Archived from the original on 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  2. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Weezer". All Music. Retrieved 2014-07-30.
  3. ^ "2010/10/12 Death To False Metal!". Weezer. 2010-10-12. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  4. ^ "Weezer Recording History Page 5". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  5. ^ "Weezer Recording History Page 6". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2010-12-06. "Mykel and Carli (appeared on many foreign singles, plus the "Hear You Me!" compilation)"
  6. ^ Starko, Alane Jordan (September 19, 2017). Creativity in the Classroom: Schools of Curious Delight. Routledge.
  7. ^ http://diffuser.fm/weezer-to-finally-release-death-to-false-metal-on-vinyl/
  8. ^ a b "Death to False Metal Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-05-04.
  9. ^ a b "Review: Death to False Metal". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  10. ^ Reid, Sean (2009-08-20). "Album Review: Weezer - Death To False Metal". Alter The Press!. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
  11. ^ "Weezer, "Death to False Metal"". Billboard. 2010-11-15. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
  12. ^ "Album Review: Weezer – Death to False Metal". Consequence of Sound. 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
  13. ^ a b Wood, Marie (2010-11-11). "Weezer - Death to False Metal / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
  14. ^ Seoige, Eamonn (2010-02-11). "Death to False Metal". www.hotpress.com.
  15. ^ a b "Weezer: Death To False Metal Review". IGN. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
  16. ^ Bogen, Joseph (10 November 2010). "InYourSpeakers: Reviews: Weezer: Death to False Metal". Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  17. ^ Cohen, Ian. "Album Reviews: Weezer: Pinkerton (Deluxe Edition) / Death to False Metal". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  18. ^ Pederson, Tori. "Weezer - Death to False Metal". Punknews.org. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  19. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/death-to-false-metal-mw0002059085/credits

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