Contributed by: Zach “Dusty Brooks” Goldstein.

Artist: Weezer.

Album: Everything Will Be Alright in the End.

Release Date: October 7, 2014.

After four long years, Weezer has finally released their ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End.  If you were wondering where they’ve been, you need only listen to “Back to the Shack” in which front man Rivers Cuomo sincerely apologizes for the direction he took the band in during the days of Raditude and Hurley: “Sorry guys I didn’t realize that I needed you so much. I thought I’d get a new audience, I forgot that disco sucks. I ended up with nobody and I started feeling dumb. Maybe I should play the lead guitar and Pat should play the drums.” Personally, I never minded “Tripping Down the Freeway”; I’m just glad Cuomo and the gang are back.  And they’re back with a bang.

Weezer opens the album with a young girl having a nightmare (perhaps one about the monster on the cover) and a soothing mother’s voice comforting her. In comes a grand crescendo of chugging guitars and cheering vocals. “Ain’t Got Nobody” is quite possibly the most perfect song to start this album. Uncooked sound, eccentric lyrics, guitars that sound like the metaphorical goofball from high school- this song screams “WE’RE BACK!” The entire album maintains this composure across a variety of themes including the frustrations of women, the responsibilities of a father, and the difficulties of leading a band through changing decades. The guitar work is classic, bright, and raw, bringing back the deceptive simplicity that we loved in Blue Album so many years ago, most notably seen in “The British are Coming”.  “Lonely Girl”, with its begging lyrics and simplistic progression will immediately remind you of Green Album, like it should be sandwiched between “Island in the Sun” and “Hashpipe”.  It’s a fresh vision and a characteristic throwback at the same time.

Everything Will Be Alright in the End isn’t just a new album.  It revisits Weezer’s classic sounds that made them unique in the first place. It’s an album that says, “We missed this as much as you did.”  Everything Will Be Alright in the End is quirky, fun, everything we missed and more.  Every single song is wonderful.  To the Weezer purists that felt like the last few years have been a nightmare, “go back to sleep… everything will be alright in the end.”

Recommended if you like: Beck, Cage the Elephant.

Soundtrack to your life: taking a walk on a sunny day.

Receives airplay on: Alt-UB on Fridays at 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.