This latest WEEZER embraces this contradiction with glee. With a
hook-heavy, singalong melody driven by powerhouse guitars, lead
single "Pork and Beans" is a subversive ditty about the pressures
of tailoring one's image and sound for commercial ends.
"Troublemaker," another anti-conformist tract, is wrapped in a
tune tasty as cotton candy. This is classic Weezer: sure-fire
pop songs that play both sides of the alternative/ mainstream
fence. Yet the experimental aspects of the band are also
represented on tunes like "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived,"
which brings together Southern rap, heavy metal, religious
hymns, and police sirens in one song. Production by Rick Rubin
and Jacknife Lee makes the songs gleam, but it's the
tunefulness, cleverness, and irresistibility of Weezer's music
that makes this another winner in the band's discography.
Here are the bonus tracks from the 14-track deluxe edition.