Tracking the Flood, Part XXX

701Up In The   Clouds 32
702High Hopes –   v14
70320 The Key   of E_ The Key of Bb
704work   3-12-2013 18h44m40s
705I Need Some   Touch
70603 It Holds   Me Together
707The Rules Of   Life – v35 Adolf
708What Is This   I Find – SFTBH
709The Rules Of   Life – v39 2
710Don’t Go   Hulk 1 @ 120
711The British   Are Coming – v41 Son Of Liberty
712Work   12-2-2013 14h15m45s
714I vi    I64 IV ideas 10-5-201
715what am i   gonna do
716Posessed,   Obsessed
71760 punky   riff
718Over The   Mountain (Slower And Dist Verse) – 2004-04-23
719looking for   a fight 2011
720The   Purification of Water – Monterey Jack
721Unknown Song   C – 2012-11-5 1
722Spirit   Animal
723Don’t Show   Us Your Body – v4

SZNZ Come and SZNZ Go, Weezer Rocks More Than Ever

Not even two years ago, Rivers Cuomo shared his plan for Weezer’s 2022.

Rivers wanted to release four albums (or EPs) in a year. Each coming out the first day of a season, with each record having a certain tone, feel and theme. Inspired by Vivaldi, the songs would (loosely) tell the stories of two angels who go to Earth for vacation and don’t go back to heaven.

Here we are, on the first day of winter 2022 and Weezer has done it. There were some stumbling blocks and things along the way that didn’t happen (a Broadway show and a Wrecking Crew-like group of backing magicians). But with the help of project producers Suzy Shinn, Jake Sinclair, the individual record producers and other musicians, engineers and technicians, Weezer has released four albums this year. That’s pretty incredible.

Even more incredible, and I don’t say this lightly, but overall, taking all four records into consideration, SZNZ is Weezer’s best album yet. I said a few months ago and stand by the fact that Weezer is making some of their best music ever. I’m not saying SZNS is perfect. There are weaknesses. Production quality varies from album to album. Because they’re EPs, each album is short. At times, you feel like there’s not enough variety or flavor on an album. But SZNZ overcomes this.

As a whole, there’s variation in SZNZ. Weezer explores different musical styles. There are songs that sound like Yacht Rock and songs that would sound like they belong on a Christmas-themed playlist. Rivers incorporates Vivaldi and other classical themes throughout the songs. These songs are clearly about something and mean something to Rivers. Most importantly, the songs are catchy with great melodies and dynamic structures.

These songs don’t replace any of Weezer’s earlier work. I’m still as big a fan of Buddy Holly, The Good Life and all their other early (and mid career) songs as I ever was. But the songs Weezer has made in these last few years stand right up there with those early favorites. In terms of songwriting and composition, this (SZNZ and OK Human from last year) material goes back to and builds on Weezer’s early albums. Rivers isn’t writing songs where the final chorus sounds cut-and-pasted from the first. These songs evolve. He’s not afraid of tempo/chord changes or even taking a song in a whole new direction. Those were things he stopped doing after the world’s reaction to Pinkerton. And he’s returned to it here and there in his songwriting since. But here he is, embracing those tactics and making the music better with them.

Twenty-one years ago, when Weezer returned from their first big hiatus with the Green Album, I was pumped that Weezer was back. I loved the album, even if it wasn’t exactly the kind of music I wanted. At the time I (and everyone else) didn’t have a clue how long Weezer’s career would be. But since then, they’ve put out more incredible music (or mostly incredible) of all different styles. They’ve had hits and misses. And they’ve grown.

Rivers has already started talking about Weezer’s next album (here’s a hint: it’s time for another color album). And some are talking about what they’d like it to sound like. As for me, I’m fine with whatever they want to do.

Tracking the Flood, part xxix

67617 These   Things That You Do
678Cleopatra –   v19
679tearing me   apart piano 6_8
680I Don’t Feel   Enough 2
681Everybody   Waits
682I’ll Love   You Every Day – 2015-3-27 acoustic sketch
683Turn Me   Around (Take 1)
684Loveable   Loser 2 @100
685o holy night   PW demo
68605 verse
688You Test The   Water
689Ain’t Got   Nobody – v24
690No Bars – v3
691Weezer Feel
692One Second   of Weez – sketch
693The Rules Of   Life – v27
694Pretty Great   Piano Melody
69514 clean   riff development_ _ I _i
696Sweetest One   Of All – 2004-02-13
697Turn It Down
698Steamroller   Action
699you and me   together piano
700In Your Arms

Tracking the flood, part xxviii

651332.1 riff
652Bells In My   Head – v2 weezered
65308 Close   Your Eyes and Give Me a Kiss
654Cleopatra –   v10
655Special   (Diamond Rings, All My Life I Knew That)
657Ain’t Got   Nobody – v7
658Work   3-23-2013 5h31m37s
659Blues Riff
660It’s Been So   Long – 2013-12-2 sketch 2 dup2
662Second Best   Hugger In The World – v1
663Return To   Ithaca – v2
664Cleopatra –   v9
665Why Bother –   Don Slacks
666僕らの未来   Instrumental
667Everybody   Needs Salvation – v14
66978 Ol   Backwater
670Broken   Man 2 @ 92
67114 amazing   contrary motion in 3_4
672St. George –   2012-10-23 alt verse idea
673Yahoo (No   Drums) – 2004-02-20
674Simple   Fisherman – 2004-01-09
675Bless The   Whole Wide World – v10

Tracking the Flood, Part XXVI

626Sports Team 4
627Children’s_Album 9-1-2011 8h18m45s
628I6 IV V piano
629The British Are Coming – v50
631Where Do All The Kids Hang Out 5 in B @85
632I’ll Love You Every Day 9 verses
633There Is No Try – 2012-11-13 3
634Start Up – 2012-11-16 brief acoustic clip 1
635Awaken Early – v2 @118 melody
636Bad Girl (with overdubs)
637She’s Just A Girl – acoustic sketch verse check 3
638The British Are Coming – v14
639Say You Will
640Take It Easy (No Intro, Low Verse, Na Na Chorus) – 2004-05-18
64111 silvertone blues riff
642Best Coast Bethany Ideas 4
643Hippies – 2013-2-13 sketch 1
644Ideas 4-8-2013 9h25m14s
646TKX-(between 69-70) Little Girls Don
647shangri la LOVE BEING ME 2
648Organ Rave A120
649Little Do They Know 2 piano @88 -5
650President of The United States

Tracking the Flood, Part XXV

601Ideas   7-15-2013 16h16m24s
602Broken Phone   – 2002-10-08
603I Am An   Indian – v2
604Change The   World
60507 I don’t   wanna let you go.vso.3sho
606Egos – 2003   Demos
607Our Heaven’s   Son – 2
608Don’t Bring   Me Down
60912 Tired of   Sex
610Sixth Xmas
611About Last   Night 1 @62
614Get Me On   The Line
615Since You   Came Around 14
616Why Am I   Getting So Upset 8 og
617ideas   11-7-2011 12h20m54s
618The Rules Of   Life – v16
619The British   Are Coming – v36
620Ain’t Got   Nobody – v3
621Work   10-26-2012 15h19m32s
622I’ll Be With   Someone Else – v2
623Saturday   Night – 2013-7-22 sketch 6
624Her Name Is   Kaylee 2 @119
625First Riff

Tracking the Flood, Part XXIV

576Drama Queen   – 2003 Demos
577Heart Of   Hearts 8 @129 vocals
57801 Peter No   No No No No – Samples an
579Evil Eye
580Hideaway –   2013-6-5 sketch 6
581I Admire You   So Much
582This Is My   Home 2002-10-06
583Good Times   1998-03
584Wagamama –   2013-2-13-13 sketch 3
586I V    ii vi fat mouth groove
587Ideas   2-27-2013 16h7m23s
588Perfect 5Ths   Aku 2012-05-31_10-38
589VI V    i VII
590So You Sense   It’s a Sad Situation
5911998 Riff 5   (Heavy Metal)
592Here Comes   The Rain 16 impossible @112 +5
593_b2 5 1   piano 2012-05-03_08-41
594Up In The   Clouds – v29
595Something’s   Missing 3
596Cold and   Damp (edit 2 reinsert solo
598toby gad   idea 1

Tracking the flood, part XXIII

551I V  IV    cut up  @147
553I Don’t Want   You To Go
554The British   Are Coming – v35
555Ideas   10-3-2013 15h38m56s
556Anonymous –   v22
557Surfer Girl   – Don Slacks
559Ghost   2 @125 melody
560Second Best   Hugger In The World – v1
561Mixo Hop   Piano  10-5-2012 10H16M57S
562Expatriate   In LA         8
564St. George –   v6
565Ideas   8-22-2013 10h17m32s
56617 I’m   Lonely on a Saturday Night
567Work   5-24-2013 12h22m39s
568clean 154   Ideas 1-11-2013 3h21m35s
56905 dissonant   riff w harmonic
570Wake Up Dry
571The Rules Of   Life – v31 – vS
572Song From   Yesterday – v2
573If I Fell –   Monterey Jack
574No Contact –   2004-06-03 Instrumental
575Drama Queen   – 2003 Demos

Tracking the Flood, Part XXII

527President Of The United Flakes
52820 She told me once before that I.
529Work 1-2-2013 19h28m15s
530My Brain – mix 4 (16374)
531You Don’t Have To Be Perfect For Me   3 @70
532Freak Me Out – 2004-07-20
533I  IV  16th happy fast clean strum i
534Unknown Song D – 2012-11-26 vocal sketch 1
535Let Go Of Me – 2004-02-05
53703 The Weird Gate
538Superfriend Reprise – SFTBH
539Rest In Peace – v18
540All She Wants Is Money
541J Is For Joy   6 discovered @135 +4
542Sugar Daddies (Rick version) – 2002-10-15
543Elaine – v8 ghost sketch
544Ideas 1-27-2013 21h41m26s
545be my steady (be my steady)
546Does Anybody Love Anybody – v9 Bridge, Sped Up, Acoustic & Electric 
547Oh God I’m Hungry – SFTV
548Everyone Knows You Came To Get Some
54945 Disco Queen
55087 Tick Tock

Tracking the Flood, Part XXI

502The Rules Of   Life – v19
503Butterfly –   2012-1-20 Weezer Cruise
504Shining   Star 15
505My Mind’s On   You – SFTV
506Why Am I   Getting So Upset 2
507The British   Are Coming – v16
508Me And My   Posse – 2004-05-18 Instrumental
509Bender 3 Dream House @86
510Hook Dance 1   on I piano
511Sing My   Blues Away – v3
514Let’s Go To   The 33rd Dimension – v8 LEA
51609 My Bark   is Worse Than My Bite
517Second Best   Hugger In The World – v8
518Work   12-11-2012 11h30m46s
51954 yeah,   yeah, yeah
520St. George –   2012-10-1 early acoustic
521I Wish I   Could Autotune My Face – v4
522Sports Team   – v6
52409 Delis   Pegata-Third Wall-Keek
525The Cuomo   Family