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Weezer – Back to the Shack

The song commences with a jerky guitar riff so thick it only just manages to squeeze out of your headphones, accompanied by some fiddly lead guitar that makes [the album] unfamiliarly guitar-orientated.

Taken from their ninth album, Weezer’s new track ‘Back To The Shack’ truly proves that Weezer are back on top form after their little experimental era that occurred a few years ago. However, we can just kind of pretend that didn’t happen now.

The song commences with a jerky guitar riff so thick it only just manages to squeeze out of your headphones, accompanied by some fiddly lead guitar that makes Back To The Shack unfamiliarly guitar-orientated. However, the lyrical quirkiness that makes Weezer so unusually charming is not lost, sounding typically unique, making you stop, listen and ponder in a way that only Weezer can manage.

The main achievement truly is the thing that Weezer does best – balancing an anthemic, brutal sound (think ‘Hash Pipe’) with quirky lyrical genius (think ‘Say It Ain’t So’) – and that’s something Weezer haven’t given us in a while.

By Robert Anderson

@soapbarbob

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