As earlier selections from Weezer’s catalogue are blasted regularly in my dorm room, it pains me to constantly criticize River’s Cuomo and company for their recent slew of inadequacy and gross failure at recapturing that heavy Pop-Rock sound that was accessible and beloved by parties so diverse as both Kevin Smith and the Muppets.
I hate suggesting to you that taking Cuomo’s advice to “Read a book” would be more rewarding than listening to the band’s latest release, Hurley, and its shameful cover of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” but for the sake of musical journalism/criticism it must be done.
I’m torn up about Weezer’s latest release, a jingle for State Farm Insurance, because on one hand, the band has completely soiled its Indie-Rock name by selling out to a large corporation, however, on the other, it’s arguably the best piece of music released by the nerdy outfit since Rivers traded verses with Kermit The Frog on Maladroit’s “Keep Fishin’.”
And this isn’t your typical case of fan overreaction. I’m not out vandalizing Against Me!’s equipment for signing with Sire Records. Weezer made an advertisement for an insurance company. It goes without saying, my gripe is legitimate, but you can judge the music for yourself.