Weezer (Teal Album)

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Weezer
Weezer Teal Album.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 24, 2019[1]
Recorded2018
Genre
Length36:18
Label
ProducerPatrick Wilson
Weezer chronology
Pacific Daydream
(2017)
Weezer
(2019)
Weezer
(2019)
Singles from Weezer
  1. "Africa"
    Released: May 29, 2018

Weezer, also known as the Teal Album, is the twelfth studio album, and fifth self-titled album, by the American rock band Weezer. It was released digitally on January 24, 2019 through Crush Music and Atlantic Records, with a retail release set for March 8. The album is composed of cover songs. It was announced and released on the same day as a surprise precursor to Weezer's thirteenth studio album, scheduled for March 2019. The album received mixed reviews, with some praising the self-aware frivolousness of the project, while others criticized the arrangements of the covers.

Background[edit]

Following the release of Weezer's eleventh album Pacific Daydream, an Internet fan campaign was launched to get Weezer to cover "Africa" by Toto. After initially releasing a cover of "Rosanna", a different Toto song, as a joke, Weezer released their "Africa" cover in May 2018.[4] The cover hit the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.[5]

Teal was unexpectedly released on January 24, 2019, without prior promotion or advertisement.[6] Several covers on the album have previously been performed live by both the band and frontman Rivers Cuomo at solo shows.[7][8]

The album was released digitally on January 24, 2019, with the physical version planned for release on March 8, 2019. To promote the album, Weezer released a teal velcro wallet available for purchase on their website, with the first 100 copies sold including a dollar bill signed by the band members.[9] The velcro wallet sold out quickly, so Weezer released a second promotional bundle on January 24 with a teal Rubik's cube.[10] The band's cover of "No Scrubs" received significant social media attention, with the song trending on Twitter and sparking both sincere and ironic reactions from fans who found the song choice surprising.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic58/100[12]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[13]
Consequence of SoundB[14]
Dead Press!7/10 stars[15]
Glide Magazine4/10 stars[16]
NME3/5 stars[1]
Now1/5 stars[17]
Punknews.org3.5/5 stars[18]

The Teal Album was met with divided opinions from critics. At the aggregating website Metacritic, the album has received a normalized rating of 58, based on 9 critical reviews, indicating "mixed or average" reviews. In a review of the album for AllMusic, editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that "Taken on a strictly musical terms, The Teal Album is pretty anodyne stuff. Weezer replicates the arrangements of beloved songs, adds a bit more fuzz on the guitar solos, and flattens the vocal affectations, which amounts to one weird trick: Weezer doesn't attempt to make the songs their own, yet these versions unmistakably sound like Weezer."[13] Matt Beaumont at NME stated "Respectful enough to rouse any struggling family gathering but knowing enough to amuse those in on the joke, 'The Teal Album' at once satirises the covers album and makes a decent stab at perfecting it."[1]

Reviewing the album for Glide Magazine, James Roberts concluded that "The lifelessness of the covers ensures that it has a shelf life that isn’t much longer than your average meme. I suppose given the origins of the album as a Twitter meme it makes sense. Everything about the album—from its conception to its surprise, digital only release—points to the fact that we aren't meant to take it that seriously. But that's kind of the problem, isn't it? Nothing Weezer does can be taken seriously anymore."[16] Nick Flanagan gave the album a grading of 1 out of 5 in the review for Now, claiming that "what's horrible about this record is the total lack of controversy, the lack of anything. It doesn't even pass as a joke album – they're just straight-ahead paint-by-numbers covers, like something a wedding band might play." Tim Sommer wrote that “… there is no reason to listen to The Teal Album. There are no revelations, no hearts are placed on sleeves, no one will be moved, and no one will bother to play one of these tracks in the future”, adding that “… Weezer despise the American music consuming public, and want to prove that today’s consumer will click on literally the most banal and redundant nonsense.”[19]

Michael Roffman was more positive in an assessment for Consequence of Sound, writing "At best, it's a blueprint or rather a teaser for their forthcoming tours, as if to say, "Well, you loved 'Africa', look what else we can do? Come out, folks." Again, that's a more cynical outlook, but hey, maybe Cuomo is being cynical. Maybe this is the self-defeater in him, acknowledging the times, knowing damn well that if he's going to give 'em what they want, he's going to meet them at their level with a shit-eating grin and walk back to the bank."[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Teal Album peaked at number five in its second week on the Billboard 200, after debuting at number 47 the previous week.[20] In its first full tracking week, it debuted with 39,000 album-equivalent units, of which 27,000 were pure album sales.[20]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
1."Africa"Toto3:58
2."Everybody Wants to Rule the World"Tears for Fears4:04
3."Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"Eurythmics3:34
4."Take On Me"A-ha3:43
5."Happy Together"
The Turtles2:25
6."Paranoid"Black Sabbath2:44
7."Mr. Blue Sky"Jeff LynneElectric Light Orchestra4:46
8."No Scrubs"TLC3:10
9."Billie Jean"Michael JacksonMichael Jackson4:54
10."Stand by Me"Ben E. King3:00

Personnel[edit]

  • Brian Bell – rhythm guitar, backing vocals except "Paranoid", lead vocals on "Paranoid", keyboards
  • Rivers Cuomo – lead vocals except "Paranoid", backing vocals on "Paranoid", lead guitar, piano, keyboards
  • Scott Shriner – bass, backing vocals
  • Patrick Wilson – drums, percussion, backing vocals, production

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[21] 49
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[22] 81
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[23] 48
Irish Albums (IRMA)[24] 66
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[25] 29
Scottish Albums (OCC)[26] 68
UK Albums (OCC)[27] 60
US Billboard 200[20] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mark Beaumont (January 25, 2019). "Weezer – 'The Teal Album' review". Nme.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  2. ^ "Weezer cover 'No Scrubs', 'Billie Jean' on surprise new album". Gulfnews.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  3. ^ "Surprise! It's A Weezer Covers Album | News | Clash Magazine". Clash. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  4. ^ Monroe, Jazz (May 24, 2018). "Weezer Cover Toto's "Rosanna," Trolling Viral Campaign for "Africa" Cover". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Alternative Songs: Top Alternative Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Billboard (2018-09-14). "Weezer Release 'The Teal Album' Featuring Covers of A-Ha, Tears For Fears, Michael Jackson". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  7. ^ "Weezer and The Pixies were happy together in New Orleans". NOLA.com. 2018-06-27. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  8. ^ "Rivers Cuomo Concert Setlist at August Hall, San Francisco on September 12, 2018". setlist.fm. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  9. ^ Weezer US. "Totally Tubular Teal Bundle | Weezer US". Weezerwebstore.com. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  10. ^ "Teal Rad Rubik's Cube Bundle". Weezer US. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  11. ^ "Everyone is talking about 'No Scrubs' because of Weezer. Welcome to 2019". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  12. ^ "Weezer (Teal Album) by Weezer". Metacritic. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  13. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine (January 25, 2019). "Weezer [Teal Album] - Weezer". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  14. ^ a b Michael Roffman (January 23, 2019). "Weezer - Weezer (The Teal Album)". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  15. ^ "ALBUM REVIEW: Weezer â€" Weezer (Teal Album) | DEAD PRESS! | It's more than "just music" to us". Dead Press!. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  16. ^ a b James Roberts (January 24, 2019). "Weezer's Surprise Release 'The Teal Album' Covers All the Wrong Bases (ALBUM REVIEW)". glidemagazine.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  17. ^ Nick Flanagan (January 28, 2019). "Weezer - Weezer (The Teal Album)". nowtoronto.com. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  18. ^ "Weezer - Weezer". Punknews.org. January 24, 2019. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  19. ^ Tim Sommer. "Weezer's Vapid Teal Album Has Our Critic Seeing Red". RealClear Life. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  20. ^ a b c Caulfield, Keith (February 3, 2019). "Backstreet Boys Score First No. 1 Album in Nearly 20 Years on Billboard 200 Chart With 'DNA'". Billboard. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  21. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. February 4, 2019. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  22. ^ "Ultratop.be – Weezer – Weezer (Teal Album)" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  23. ^ "Weezer Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  24. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 1 February 2019". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  25. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. February 11, 2019. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  26. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  27. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 2, 2019.

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