NEW TRACKS: Weezer - “Cleopatra”
I’ve made a lot of bold statements about the upcoming album being released by Weezer, Everything Will Be Alright in the End. Then again, I’ve been joined in my pre-praise by NPR’s All Songs Considered, who said this may be the #AlbumOfTheYear. Be prepared for another bold statement, albeit one that is totally correct:
The latest single “Cleopatra” is Weezer’s best released song in 10 years.
If you haven’t listened to this track yet, listen above now. It’s okay, I’ll wait.
Okay, good? That, my friends, is the definition of a comeback. Think of the past 10 years of Weezer. “Beverly Hills.” Lil Wayne. The odd cross-marketing of Hurley. This song rights every wrong and then some. This song has everything: beautiful harmonization, a wonderful solo, 5/4 measures. It hits the best points of the undisputed (yes, I say undisputed!) best three albums by Weezer: starts off sounding like Blue, ebbs into Pink's ease, and finishes with the hard rocking of Maladroit. The play between Rivers and Brian’s guitars throughout, but especially during the bridge sections, shows of all their skills in a way I haven’t heard in quite some time. Props go to Ric Ocasek for the production of the track helping bring that play out.
Lyrically, the song talks about the realization of a former lover who still haunts the singer. I especially love the lyrics of the bridge: “All the strumming lyres will decorate your grave.” The lyrics are easily better than most Cuomo has written in a decade (mind you there are some contenders on this very album for best lyrics since Pinkerton - I’m looking at you, “Foolish Father!”). Could this be the bells announcing the album grown-up Pinkerton fans have been clamoring for? We’ll find out in a few weeks when EWBAITE is finally released.