A tribute to Weezer. Wow. I love Weezer, but even
I was surprised to see Rock Music Ė A Tribute to Weezer,
an album that was actually mainly compiled before the band
even released their third CD. Do two sensational albums warrant
a tribute? The answer has to be yes considering their
impact. But is it really worthwhile?
The first song by Affinity is a cover of the first
song on the Blue Album, "My Name Is Jonas".
The intro is decent but as soon as the singer starts screaming
out the title, oh Lord, I can sense itís going to be a long
album. Musically, Affinity do more than enough, and maybe
itís just me, but yelling like the singer does just does not
do this song justice. The band teases with the intro of "El
Scorcho" as the song ends, but even that is spoiled by
unnecessary throaty screams. Piebald also are musically
talented enough to pull off "No One Else" but I
long for Rivers Cuomoís voice. "Holiday"
(by Glasseater) is again pretty similar to Weezerís
version until the singer starts the hard core type screaming.
This time, however, it is more tolerable than the first song.
Verdict so far is not good.
Having seen Grade in concert before, I was looking
forward to "Surf Wax America", but again, the vocals
disappoint. Grade does a good job of staying true to the original
but when is this screaming going to stop? Still I long for
Riversís voice. Finally something fresh, maybe, as the piano
kicks off "Say Ainít It So". Itís a nice touch and,
in general, Further Seems Forever wins the award for
the best cover so far! However, again, it is similar enough
to the original to ask the question, is it really worthwhile?
Elliotís singer Christopher Johnís "The
World Has Turnedí is the most original so far and is a pleasing
listen. A mellow, almost ballad-like take, this might have
been a great original. Again, I am too partial to Weezerís
fuzzier version. "Suzanne" by Midtown is
done in a faster tempo than the original. Actually, this version
is surprisingly tolerable. Finally some fuzz, as opposed to
the more hard core songs that started the tribute.
Next up is Dashboard Confessional doing the cult classic
b-side "Jamie". Personally, I am not a fan of Dashboard
Confessional and was not looking forward to this. Rightly
so, the backing female vocals add a nice touch, but thatís
about it. The Stereoís "El Scorcho" is pretty
enterprising. The band does a good job with the Ďfuzz factorí
and creates enough positive moments to keep the listener interested.
"Tired Of Sex" is arguably my favorite Weezer song
on this tribute and I was quite wary of how Mycomplex
would do. The answer: not too well at all. The band tries
a lot of things, but where Christopher John and the Stereo
succeed, Mycomplex does not. The tempo is oft changing and
ruins the song for me.
On to my favorite band on this tribute, the Impossibles,
who, like the afore-mentioned bands do a different, original,
take on "The Good Life". The drums sound great and
the guitar crunches enough to make this an enjoyable listen.
I had heard good things about Mock Orange and was disappointed
with their cover of "Only In Dreams". Although I
can see they have a lot of talent and the singer sounds like
Rivers at times, their version just wasnít worth it. Finally
we reach the last song which finds the Ataris doing
a pretty faithful version of "Butterfly". It's certainly not
the worst song on this tribute and they pull it off well.
So the final verdict? Well, it doesnít take a genius
to figure out that I did not enjoy this tribute too much.
A major part of the reason might be that I am a massive Weezer
fan and would prefer to simply listen to the originals. I
must add that I am not totally opposed to tribute albums.
Having said that, this one will not make it back to my CD
ó Adi Anand
- "My Name Is Jonas"-Affinity
- "No One Else"-Piebald
- "Surf Wax America"-Grade
- "Say It Ain't So"-Further Seems Forever
- "The World Has Turned"-Christopher John
- "Jamie"-Dashboard Confessional
- "El Scorcho"-The Stereo
- "Tired Of Sex"-Mycomplex
- "The Good Life-The Impossibles
- "Only In Dreams"-Mock Orange
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