New Weezer – “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations On A Shaker Hymn),” “Cold Dark World,” “Everybody Get Dangerous,” “Thought I Knew”

We’ve all consumed a few servings of “Pork And Beans,” so it’s about time additional Red-era tunes have popped up to provide Weezer fans nourishment. “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)” is as epic as its title, though perhaps not as free of ornamentation as the Shakers might like it (see: the siren that rings throughout the first section, or the acoustic breakdown … and, well, Rivers and his sex talk, Shakespeare references, and “I am the greatest” taunts. Shakers weren’t into that shit.). Then again, they might dig the taps-y choir. Whatever, we’re into this song … again, an epic autobiographical anthem. Additionally, “Cold Dark World,” “Everybody Get Dangerous,” and “Thought I Knew” have shown their rock ‘n’ roll faces. Yes, Red has sprung a leak.

Holy Queen. These two, “Cold Dark World” and “Everybody Get Dangerous,” are more straightforward, and less operatic.

They’re also not as good. Here’s “Thought I Knew”:

Well, we know it won’t be a masterpiece. But we’re holding out hope for at least one more monster jam.

The Red Album is out 6/24 on Geffen.

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