Single Review – Weezer – Feels Like Summer

Weezer, arguably one of the best bands to come out of the “MTV generation” return again this year with their eleventh album in 20 years and their first taster track ‘Feels like Summer’ is clearly something quite different to the usual. This track comes hot off the back of arguably their best album (the White Album) since Pinkerton which dropped last year.

The LP and it’s predecessor Everything Will Be Alright In The End, saw a return to the core Weezer sound of heavy ‘cock’ rock guitars, intricate and often silly lyrics as well as it’s typical teenage angst. The band’s first single of this return, ‘Back To The Shack’ promised fans this return with the words ‘I thought I’d get a new audience, I forgot that disco sucks / I ended up with nobody and I started feeling dumb’. Fans of this rebirth will undoubtedly be disappointed with Feels Like Summer in which the quartet mix their stadium rock edge with more electronic and dance elements: contrary to their usual they are reinventing their wheel.

​How well the band do it is up for debate however. The track with it’s unimaginative lyrics and lack of any distinctive riff or hook makes the track a forgettable one in their large discography. The change sonically is understandable given that the White Album felt like an accumulation of their 20 years in the industry where they could show off the mastery of their sound, here however the track feels unoriginal and disappointingly uncreative by their record. Whilst the hope is that this single is simply a blip or that when put in the context of a full-length album the track makes more sense or has some added weight, at the moment however, the feeling has to be a little disappointing. Here’s hoping.
Callum Christie

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