Weezer - Death to False Metal (2010)
Star Rating: 3/5
Weezer's b-side album Death to False Metal went under the radar, but it has some interesting tunes and that classic indie rock and roll sound we crave. This record was mostly ignored by all but the most dedicated fans and harshest critics. The reality is that there are some listenable songs that will make you smile.
Top Tracks & Takeaways
There is more filler than substance, but Death to False Metal clocks in at 4-5 cool songs that separate the wheat from the chaff.
"Turning Up the Radio" is a typical catchy rock jam. Interestingly, some of the lyrics from this song must have influenced "Back to the Shack" from a later Weezer record.
"Blowin' My Stack" is the main single, and it'll put a smile on your face. For a b-side album, it isn't that boring.
Near the end of the album, "Unbreak My Heart" provides a redeeming rush of excitement. Its melancholy chords and solid songwriting thrust this album back into our good graces.
What we liked
It's really fun to take a deep dive into what Weezer is capable of. This record is full of all the elements that made the band great, but they didn't put enough effort into marketing it to make any money.
The riffs and solos are just plain cool, so you'll like that.
Not so much...
After a while, this album sounds very monotonous. If you're a big Weezer fan, this will have a special place in your heart. But if you're the type that's always begging for the band to "just play the hits, man", you may be disappointed.
Videos and Singles
Unbreak My Heart
For a b-side album Death to False Metal could have been much worse. We award this record three out of five stars for a few songs that are really worth listening to.
Turning Up the Radio
I Don't Want Your Loving
Blowin' My Stack
Losing My Mind
I'm a Robot
The Odd Couple
Unbreak My Heart