Weezer have returned with a follow up 2018’s viral hit, Africa. Dubbed The Teal Album , this is a Weezer covers album of all their favourite songs (or at least ones they thought they could get people talking about, depending on how you perceive their attitude to releasing music in the last decade). On its surprise release, the sound of a million Early Weezer die-hards could be heard from space, as Weezer bask in their Dad Rock glow.
As objective as an assessments on a Weezer covers album can go, The Teal Album pinballs between the excellent (Happy Together, Everybody Wants To Rule The World) and severely questionable (Billie Jean, Mr Blue Sky), and largely consists of Rivers doing karaoke versions of songs that you’re probably supposed to leave alone, all things considered.
That said, taking The Teal Album too seriously ruins it. This is meant to be a bit of fun; which is either the antithesis of what you want Weezer to be or part and parcel of their whole shebang. The band have been dropping covers in their sets forever (their MGMT/Lady Gaga mashup at Reading Festival sticks in mind), and this feels like an extension of that sense of embracing the “Why Not?” rather than the “Why?”.
The Teal Album is exactly what you’d get if you booked Weezer as your wedding band, and your reaction to that thought probably dictates whether you’ll enjoy it not.