Weezer (White Album)
Label: Crush Music/Atlantic
Weezer's second full-length in two years (and fourth self-titled album), is the band’s surfiest set of songs since 1994, and cheekily borrows its title from The Beatles' most eclectic sprawl. But it's the Beach Boys who inspire the cascading, organ-backed verses of "Thank God for Girls," and this is as experimental as Rivers Cuomo's latest batch of precisely-tooled hooks get. The punk-pop-meets-Brill-Building sound is still tight: Chunky tunes “(Girl We Got a) Good Thing” and “Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori” could slot neatly on the Blue Album if the chugging guitars were denser. On the funny and scuzzy “Do You Wanna Get High?” The band reprises and revises old melodies with shameless cheer.