“Everything Will Be Alright in the End” is the first Weezer album produced by Ric Ocasek since 2001. It’s also unquestionably the best Weezer album since 2001. These facts aren’t unrelated, but it’s not just the Cars frontman sharpening the band’s game. Thanks to “Eulogy for a Rock Band” and “Back to the Shack,” “Everything” may be the most self-aware record Weezer’s ever released; the latter’s an updated “In the Garage,” only instead of dreaming of being Kiss, the band’s dreaming of being Weezer circa 1994. But while there’s a back-to-basics glee in the album’s geeky power-chord pop tracks, a largely instrumental three-song closing suite is neatly epic, triggering Pink Floyd chills. The group vocal repeating the album’s title in “Foolish Father” strikes an unexpectedly powerful chord, while “The British Are Coming” is an utterly straightforward tale of Revolutionary War disgruntlement and defiance that only Weezer could pull off without smirking. (Out Tuesday)
ESSENTIAL “The British Are Coming“
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