Pacific Daydream

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Pacific Daydream
Weezer-pacific-daydream-album.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 27, 2017
Recorded2016–2017
Genre
Length34:32
Label
Producer
Weezer chronology
Weezer
(2016)
Pacific Daydream
(2017)
Weezer
(2019)
Singles from Pacific Daydream
  1. "Feels Like Summer"
    Released: March 16, 2017
  2. "Happy Hour"
    Released: October 31, 2017

Pacific Daydream is the eleventh studio album by American rock band Weezer, released on October 27, 2017.[5] The album is their second release by Crush Management, is distributed by Atlantic Records, and is the most significant departure from their trademark sound to date.[6] The lead single, "Feels Like Summer", was released on March 16, 2017.[7] The second single, "Happy Hour", was released on October 31.[8]

Background and recording[edit]

Cuomo began filling a folder of songs intended for a darker project in 2016 (provisionally titled "The Black Album") but ultimately completed a second folder with songs that were of a different quality first, ultimately causing Pacific Daydream to be formed.[9] Rivers describes it as "Beach Boys gone bad [...], tackling "more mature topics" and be "less summer day and more winter night"[10] As Cuomo began writing and recording, they found the songs to be more "like reveries from a beach at the end of the world [... as if] the Beach Boys and The Clash fell in love by the ocean and had one hell of an amazing baby".[11] The band ultimately pushed back plans for The Black Album and began focusing on the new collection of songs.[11] Guitarist Brian Bell later said "Whatever it’s going to be called, it’s going to be fucking awesome."[12] Inspired by an ancient Chinese proverb by Chuang Chou, Cuomo hoped to explore more "radical" sounds; a departure from "classic" style of The White Album.[13][14] Cuomo originally decided the title would be Somebody's Daydream, Cuomo explained that the band's drummer Pat Wilson thought "Pacific" was a more attractive alternative than "Somebody's" and ultimately, the group settled on Pacific Daydream.[13]

To create the album, Cuomo utilized various musical and lyrical fragments he had collected over time. He kept an archive of song ideas and hired programmers to organize a spreadsheet of lyric snippets by beats per minute, syllable, and key to call from whenever stuck. "Instead of trying to force myself to feel inspired, I can just go into the spreadsheet and search [...] I just try them out to see which ones work magically."[15]

Writing and composition[edit]

Songs[edit]

Cuomo has described the album as having an overall theme of "alienation and loneliness and not feeling like I have a place to fit in", describing it as having a "darker, sadder undertone to it relative to" their previous album.[16] The album's opening track, "Mexican Fender", written by Cuomo and Toby Gad, was based on Cuomo's interactions with Katy Goodman, of the indie rock band La Sera.[17] Cuomo credited Jake Sinclair, the producer for The White Album, in assisting with the creation of the track.[16] "Beach Boys", an ode to The Beach Boys, was written specifically to sound "the least like [them]" and describes Cuomo's experiences of "being in downtown LA at night and being totally disoriented and alienated".[16] The songs' bridge features quotes from The Beach Boys' frontman Brian Wilson's father, Murry Wilson.[16] The album's lead single, "Feels Like Summer", is an "EDM-infused" track, about "the death of [Cuomo's] “June bride” who’s now “home with the angels." The track was written through a "cut-and-paste" style that Cuomo had adopted while writing for The White Album.[18][19] "Weekend Woman", the album's third promotional single, features an opening nod to The Zombies' "Time of the Season", as well as a verse melody previously used in a Green Album outtake, "Burning Sun".[20][18]

Release and promotion[edit]

On March 16, 2017, the band released the first single, "Feels Like Summer".[21] On August 17, the band announced the album art, title, as well as the opening track, "Mexican Fender", and its accompanying music video.[22] Another promotional single "Beach Boys" was released on September 14.[23] "Happy Hour" impacted alternative radio as the album's second single October 31, 2017.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic64/100[24]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[25]
Alternative Press3.5/5 stars[26]
The A.V. ClubC−[27]
Consequence of SoundB−[28]
NME4/5 stars[29]
The Observer3/5 stars[30]
Pitchfork4.3/10[31]
Q4/5 stars[32]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[33]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars[34]

According to Metacritic, Pacific Daydream has received an aggregated score of 64/100 based on 21 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Jake Kilroy of Consequence of Sound describes it as "a strong album, but not a strong Weezer album", adding "But if you ever wanted to hear Weezer at their professionally sharpest, this is surely it. It’s no surprise that Cuomo is a fan of pop smashes like Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”, as Pacific Daydream might be more Train than Ozma...For the band to be at its full potential, though, the songwriter needs to reflect more on the takeaways of experiences rather than the moments themselves."[28] Andrew Trendell at NME opined that aging has not worn Weezer down, stating "Pacific Daydream is all carefree, expertly crafted pop, free of irony and all the better for it. Lock the doors, crack open a cold one, and enjoy an endless summer with Weezer."[29]

Saby Reyes-Kulkarni from Pitchfork was more critical of the album, noting "for the second album in a row, Cuomo anchors the music more specifically to California. Sure, that’s worked for scores of artists in the past, but a crucial part of Weezer’s appeal was that you could believe they came out of any garage on any tree-lined cul-de-sac in any suburban zip code in the U.S. Pacific Daydream, in spite of its name, mostly just gives you a feeling of being nowhere."[31]

Accolades[edit]

Despite the mixed reception from critics & audiences alike, the album received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Album[35] for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

Commercial performance[edit]

Pacific Daydream debuted at number 23 on the Billboard 200, which made it the lowest debut performance for a Weezer studio album since their 1994 debut. It is also the band's first album since Pinkerton to fail to debut in the top 10.[36]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by Butch Walker except where noted.

Pacific Daydream[6][37]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Mexican Fender"
  • Walker
  • Gad
3:11
2."Beach Boys"Cuomo 3:51
3."Feels Like Summer"
3:15
4."Happy Hour"
  • Oh, Hush!
  • Walker
2:57
5."Weekend Woman"Cuomo 4:05
6."QB Blitz"Cuomo 3:17
7."Sweet Mary" 3:42
8."Get Right"
 3:12
9."La Mancha Screwjob"
  • Cuomo
  • Alexander
 3:27
10."Any Friend of Diane's"Cuomo 3:34
Total length:34:32

Track notes

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017–18) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[38] 64
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[39] 93
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[40] 152
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[41] 41
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[42] 177
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[43] 1
Scottish Albums (OCC)[44] 37
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[45] 99
UK Albums (OCC)[46] 68
US Billboard 200[47] 23
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[48] 3
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[49] 4

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