Pacific Daydream

Pacific Daydream

by WeezerWeezer


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"Mexican Fender" opens Pacific Daydream with big, crunching arena rock guitars, but that's the only throwback thing about the album. A deliberate reaction to 2016's Weezer (White Album), a record where producer Jake Sinclair encouraged the band to act like it was 1994, Pacific Daydream is a thoroughly modern affair, complete with drum loops and electronic flourishes, all wrapped up in a shiny package. Despite all of this contemporary flair, Weezer aren't exactly pandering to a younger audience. Much of Pacific Daydream is gleaming mall-pop on par with Beck's Colors: music made by veteran alt-rockers who are as aware of trends as they are of their own middle age, so they try to split the difference between the two. Such concentrated fusion appeals to an eccentric like Rivers Cuomo, who cleverly writes a tribute to the Beach Boys that doesn't sound a thing like Brian Wilson and drops a reference to Stevie Ray Vaughan on a song that's designed to play during happy hours at chain restaurants. This odd subversive streak tends to alienate fans who prefer Cuomo's emo side -- a side that's not entirely absent here, but songs that start in that fashion usually wind up bending back to his current obsessions. That's the pleasure of Pacific Daydream: beneath its glossy surface, there's not only plenty of melody, but a perverse sense of humor that keeps the record from sounding too smooth and settled.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/2017
Label: Crush Music
UPC: 0075678659850
catalogNumber: 563788
Rank: 158579

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Weezer   Primary Artist
Brian Bell   Group Member
Butch Walker   Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals
Patrick Wilson   Group Member
Rivers Cuomo   Group Member
Josh Alexander   Piano
Scott Shriner   Group Member
Daniel Brummel   Acoustic Guitar,Clarinet,Percussion,Piano,Slide Guitar

Technical Credits

Butch Walker   Producer,Engineer
Rivers Cuomo   Composer
Patrick Morrissey   Composer
Josh Alexander   Composer
Daniel Brummel   Horn Arrangements
Bob McLynn   Management
J.R. Rotem   Composer,Producer
Toby Gad   Composer
Johnny McDaid   Composer
Dustin Addis   Management
Chris Sernel   Composer
Jonathan Daniel   Management
Suzy Shinn   Engineer
Jonny Coffer   Composer,Producer
Todd Stopera   Engineer
David Dahlquist   Composer
Sean Bowe   Composer
Dan Goldberger   Composer

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