Weezer - 'The Teal Album'

7/10

Over the last couple of years, Weezer have managed to emerge from their downward spiral of the early 2010s to become a relevant powerhouse in the world of US indie-rock once again, largely thanks to their surprisingly good 'White' album in 2016. And while we are all eagerly excited about their long-awaited 'Black' album, set to arrive in March, the band stunned us all by dropping a surprise covers album instead. Dubbed the 'Teal' album, the record is a ten-track compilation of unreleased cover versions that the group have saved over the years, all brought together in a wild cacophony of bonkers behaviour.

Obviously spurred on by their recent cover of Toto's 'Africa', a single that was made real thanks to an online campaign, the group have brought a collection of extremely different songs for this release. Not keen on exploring the lesser-known realms of any artist's back catalogue, Weezer have strictly kept to the hits on this full-length, and despite instant reservations about their choices, have delivered an exceptionally well-recorded and fun release in the process. Managing to confidently create new versions of 'No Scrubs', 'Mr. Blue Sky' and Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid' is now easy feat, and yet Weezer have managed to be courteous and respectful throughout each and every one of these new covers.

The joy and exuberance that these songs emit give us huge confidence as the band look to enter their 25th year in the public eye. The 'Teal' album is a charming and wonderful experience to enjoy, and sets a precedent for what kind of atmosphere can expect when the 'Black' album finally arrives in the near future.

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