Wednesday's Stuff We Like
Blue Album (Mobile Fidelity Reissue)
Digging this classic out was prompted by the debut of Weezer’s recent ‘comeback’ single “Back to the Shack.” I think I liked it for all of 10 seconds before throwing in the towel. What I kept hearing – before I even heard the song- was ‘OH SNAP the good ole’ Weezer is back’ and to that I say shut your mouth because they’re not; at least, you can’t make sweeping statements like that based on one mediocre track. It seems that having Rivers merely acknowledging that the band’s last few records were “meh” (to put it mildly) is enough for some to get excited again. And while admitting the problem is always the first step, it’s just not enough for me, and that is ALL I got from my listen of “Back to the Shack.” Which is fine, because I’m still mad I actually paid money for Raditude and haven’t really been ready to welcome new Weezer music into my life. But enough negativity – if you’re like me and you only had the CD version of Weezer [the blue album], then the Mobile Fidelity reissue is just what you need. Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g vinyl, you’ll finally have the grand-scale sonics that this debut deserves. Ocasek's polished production is now both free of artificial ceilings that squashed the explosive dynamics and rid of the compression that saddled the frequency range. Instrumental separation is vastly improved, and the amount of midrange energy seemingly doubled. Basically, you’re going to appreciate this record even more than you did in middle school. This time, for the aural satisfaction and not just the lyrics [that you insist on writing on all of your notebooks]. Good thing they don’t let 13 year olds get tattoos…. that the-world-has-turned-and-left-me-here on my forearm, would be way less kewl now.
– Anna Krukowska