The undisputed lords of revenge-of-the-nerds rock for more than 20 years, L.A.’s Weezer still never get the girl, and mainman Rivers Cuomo remains perpetually the teenage dork who awoke, blinking, to find himself fronting a band before thousands of adoring fans. But it’s not the quartet’s cartoonish goofing that’s shifted close to 18 million albums but rather a seemingly telepathic grasp of poignant melody, nostalgic harmony, and adroit arrangement that’s equal parts Cheap Trick, The Pixies and the best of OC punk-lite. Released last month, their latest full-length, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, is a celebratory return to Weezer’s turn-of-the-millennium form, evoking The Beach Boys (“Lonely Girl”); predictably, The Cars (whose Ric Ocasek produced the album); and, more surprisingly, 10cc (“I’ve Had It Up to Here”).
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