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Album Review: Hurley

posted Mar 27, 2011, 10:47 AM by Golden Knight   [ updated Mar 29, 2011, 2:18 PM ]

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By Alex Sercel

9/27/10

If you haven’t purchased a Weezer album in recent years, it’s finally time to shell out the 10 dollars for the band’s newest release, Hurley. As the album opens with the debut single, “Memories”, immediately the foot-tapping energy and quirky lyrics of classic Weezer are made apparent. I was reminded of their sophomore effort Pinkerton when the first lines of the second track, “Ruling Me”, played. The slightly awkward yet genuine lyricism is the band’s signature and is still fun to listen to. The only song on the album which is difficult to listen to all the way through is “Where’s My Sex”, a song that tries to be clever in wordplay but elicits more groans than chuckles (spoiler alert: sex=socks, not making this up). The deluxe version of the album is definitely worth the extra four dollars. “All My Friends Are Insects” (from the bonus material) is one of my favorites from Hurley. Also on the deluxe version, the altered album art of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida alone makes the higher price worth it.

Weezer’s two records released prior to Hurley, the Red Album and Raditude, were met by mixed reviews. Both albums had great tracks such as “Pork and Beans”, “Everybody Get Dangerous”, “(If You’re Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To”, and “Let it All Hang Out” but they were accompanied by duds like “King”, “Love is the Answer”, and “The Girl Got Hot”. Hurley is a return to the good old days of nerdy fun and The Blue Album. Weezer’s past three albums have been somewhat hit and miss, but Hurley delivers what fans of The Blue Album and Pinkerton have been missing. Though definitely different from their first two albums, Hurley is unmistakably a return to classic Weezer. It’s encouraging to see a previously sputtering band produce great music once again. B+

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