In February 2021, Rivers Cuomo, Weezer’s frontman, announced in an interview that the band would release four different albums in 2022. Though it seemed like a far stretch at the time, this week Cuomo announced the album set is called Seasons. Each album releases in the fall, winter, spring, and summer of 2022, respectively. Fans of the rock band are ecstatic – Weezer has been busy dropping albums left and right. The release of Seasons is highly anticipated in the alt-rock world, but real Weezer supporters know the albums will not fit into any one genre.
Weezer’s OK Human is Pop-Inspired
OK Human, the first of Weezer’s 2021 albums, released in January. Cuomo diverges from the usual alt-rock of Weezer and creates an album set firmly in orchestral pop. “All My Favorite” songs, a fan favorite off the album is now #1 on the alternative charts. With unsophisticated lyrics associated with the bores of lockdown, OK Human is merely a consequence of Cuomo’s pandemic projects.
Van Weezer Misses the Mark
Van Weezer is the rockers’ fifteenth studio album. It released in May of this year, debuting at #22 on the Billboard charts. Van Weezer‘s title promises guitar-laden rock tracks, but falls a bit short. The album, though infusing small amounts of hard and classic rock, plays more like an 80’s tribute than anything else. However, Weezer is known for their childish, dazed performances and Van Weezer is no different.
Rivers Cuomo Reveals Details About Seasons
In an interview with Good Morning America, Cuomo relieves fans of guessing the sounds of each upcoming album. He states, “Spring is kind of like happy chill… And then, we move through dance-rock, and like a Strokes-style album for the fall, and sad acoustic, Elliott Smith-style for the winter.” It seems Weezer’s sound transcends genre itself – Cuomo writes for fans of all types of music. The genre-defying, decades-old band is still surprising their audience.