Release Date: Jan 24, 2019
Record label: Crush Music
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
"I'mma do the things that I wanna do … I don't give a hoot about what you think" sang Rivers Cuomo on 'Pork and Beans' in 2008. By then, of course, those of us whose brains were permanently inscribed with Pinkerton lyrics like a compass-scarred school desk had long since given up on ever being similarly impacted by a new Weezer record. Say what you want about Rivers, though, he's nothing if not sure in his convictions.
Always a band keenly attuned to the fleeting fashions of the internet, Weezer were the ripe target of an online campaign. A 14-year-old fan intuited that Weezer would be amenable to covering Toto's 1982 chart-topper "Africa," so she started a Twitter campaign in December 2017 to petition the band to do just that. After six months of cajoling, Weezer relented -- by releasing a version of "Rosanna," the hit Toto had before "Africa." The next week, the band unveiled their cover of "Africa," which swiftly became Weezer's biggest hit since 2005, matching that year's "Perfect Situation" placement at 51 on the Billboard Hot 100.
An amuse-bouche for the band's upcoming 'The Black Album', this kitsch covers collection is respectful enough to rouse any struggling family gathering, but knowing enough to amuse those in on the joke Some acts (The Strypes, The Darkness), were born covers bands. Others (Robbie Williams) aspired to covers band-dom. But Weezer are one of precious few acts who have had covers band status thrust upon them.
Let's get the Weezer hate out of the way. This isn't a crash grab; it's just a band not taking themselves seriously anymore. I mean, c'mon... they covered "Africa" and had Weird Al on stage with them so, let's accept The Teal Album for what it is. A cover album the band's putting out for shits and ….
This is a pretty good covers album! Weezer's cover of Toto's "Africa" is everywhere. A cover the internet begged for. A huge hit. Way too huge. The biggest song the band has had in over a decade. Weezer played Ryan Seacrest's Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve, or whatever it's called. So why ….