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The Shack Was Always Open. You Didn’t Need To Apologize


I wrote another post talking about some bands changing their sound across albums instead of wanting to make the same album over and over. I wrote that every great artist has changed their sound to some degree or tried something new. Obviously, not every artist who does this will succeed and not every change they make or experiment they try will work out, the exercise itself generally makes artists see things from different perspectives and broadens their creative abilities. When you get too comfortable in real life, you get lazy, your body gets flabby and simple problems become increasingly more difficult to solve. Why would it be any different in writing music?

Weezer has been around for a long time and they’ve done their fair share of experimenting. They’ve probably lost a lot of fans along the way, but they were writing music that they actually wanted to write and there’s nothing wrong with that. Isn’t that the point? I don’t imagine that when they first came together to write music they sat down and thought: ‘Okay, so who should be try to appeal to?’ No, they wrote the music they wanted to write and people happened to like it. The fact that people didn’t like the material they’ve put out for the past 20 years doesn’t make the band disingenuous, it makes them the exact opposite. For some reason fans of popular bands are the most entitled people on the planet. They truly feel like the music a band puts out is for them and not for the band.

“Back To The Shack” is Weezer’s first single off their newest album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, and it’s clearly an apology to their fans for all the music they’ve put out in the past 20 years and a promise to return to their roots. I’ve been wanting to review the album for a while, but kept putting it off because the apology bothered me so much. It’s not a bad album at all, but I feel like it was written for all the wrong reasons. So it’s totally out in the open now and the band is proud of it: Their latest album is literally fan service. Maybe they truly wanted to go back to their roots, but apologizing means that they regret ever writing music that they wanted to write instead of continuing to do what the fans wanted. How sad is that? If you’re a fan of Weezer, how can you be proud of that?

The band could have gone back to the shack at any time. They could have done it without nullifying everything they’ve written for 20 years. But now the band deems their own music as filler if it’s not what the fans wanted. I guess this communicates to fans of any band that’s trying something new that if they cry loud enough, the band will apologize and go back to writing what’s demanded of them.


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This entry was posted on October 8, 2014 by in Commentary, Music and tagged , , , , , , , .

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