me, weezer, and the space time continuum [2/5]
The decline (2003-2008)
The streak of exemplary B-sides continued sometime into the early 00s. At some point post-Maladroit, the songs available for download from the weezer website dried up. I remember the last batch being less than impressive; sadly I can’t recall a single tune apart from Yellow Camaro from that period, which may have been an ominous sign of things to come.
In what was arguably the TSN turning point of their career, weezer released Beverly Hills. Much like its namesake TV show, some loved it, others found it puzzling to see 30+ year olds sounding like/acting as teenagers.
Good moments still existed on Make Believe (2005) and the ‘red’ album (2007). On the latter, there were even a couple of exceptional tracks, notably the ridiculous/ridiculously excellent I am The Greatest Man That Ever Lived. This was the era of a new, confident Rivers Cuomo, seemingly happy with himself and with his life. Even if fans may have been pleased to see Rivers find love, many found it increasingly difficult to love his new music. To put a Blue Rodeo line in the past tense, “the moments of magic were just too short. They were over before they began.”
to be continued…