Weezer used to be a force to be reckoned with. Back in the 90s, they released two of the best albums ever made and continued releasing decent to very good albums up until the late 2000s. Since then, their albums have been very hit or miss, mostly miss. They released a great album in 2014 (Everything Will Be Alright In The End) and a decent album in 2016 (White Album), so my hopes for this album weren’t as low as they had been after Raditude and Hurley. So, was Pacific Daydream surprisingly good or is it another disappointment for Weezer fans? Let’s find out!

Mexican Fender‘ is the first track on the album and…what do you know, this sounds like a Weezer song! It’s loud, it’s fun and the woman Rivers Cuomo is singing about sounds like a cool lady. I too think it’s cool that she’s a lead singer in a band with a degree in physics and a job in computer programming, thanks for introducing us, Rivers!

If you’re like me and this first track gave you hope for the rest of the album, let me just break it to you now, this is by far the best song on it. The rest of the songs that follow are either somewhat cute and forgettable or cringe-y and forgettable. The cringe is more fun to focus on:
There’s a song called ‘Happy Hour‘ where Rivers cries “I need a happy hour on sad days”. Hahaha what a good joke! If you listen closely you can hear me weeping. There’s a song called ‘Beach Boys‘ which would have been nice if it was a Beach Boys type song but instead it’s boring and doesn’t sound Beach Boys inspired at all. It also has a line that uses the phrase “hip hop world” and that makes me extremely unhappy so consider it a no from me. Lastly, there’s a song called ‘Feels Like Summer‘, or as I call it Feels Like a DNCE Song, which depending on how you feel about DNCE is either a compliment or an insult. This album sounds like Weezer lost their personality and on this song, they decided to try “modern pop/rock” or something. It’s not a good look for them.
Nothing else is worth talking about except for maybe ‘QB Blitz‘. It’s at the very least relatable which makes it one of the better tracks on the album. I especially like the line “you gotta choose between the internet and me” which is immediately followed by “people don’t bring me joy”. Yeah I like that a lot.
All in all, this feels too soft to be a Weezer album (minus Mexican Fender, leave that song out of all the insults I throw here cause that song is honestly great). They’re not a hard rock band by any means, but this album just proves that throwing in current pop elements takes away what makes them special and as a result, the music is boring and forgettable. I recommend listening to Rivers Cuomo’s feature on New Politics’ album called ‘Tell Your Dad‘ instead, it’s better than all the non Mexican Fender tracks on here combined. Anyway, if you care to find me, I’ll be crying into my Pinkerton album booklet.
4 out of 10 stars (4 / 10)