Taking risks? Lost In Alphaville (which I love, btw) is just a compilation of reworked songs that he had already released and that pretty much sound the same as The Rentals' debut album. And I mean, even the classical Rentals sound was Rivers' idea, not Matt's. I like the guy's music but saying he's ever been innovative is a long shot Also, the guy has released like only 20 songs since 1999. Weezer have been pretty bad but at least they've tried. It's easy not to fuck up if you're just there sitting at home and living off royalties from albums you didn't even write. Re: Matt's contributions to the first two records, I believe they came in a rather indirect way, maybe challenging Rivers when he wasn't fully on board with some of his decisions, but that's it. He didn't write a single bass line, lyric or melody. Rivers even gave songwriting credits to Cropper for My Name Is Jonas and Pat's got credits in a couple of Blue songs as well but there's never been evidence of Matt's real contribution to the band. What I'm trying to say is that Matt is really a pretentious asshole (he sued Rivers, FFS) who isn't as talented as most people believe he is. If Weezer have sucked it is simply because of Rivers.KingLouieLouie76 wrote:davidsutter wrote:I think Lost in Alphaville is better than the White Album.
I actually agree.... Matt is taking more risks and exhibiting a wider range when Weezer on the "White Album" tried to recapture their earlier sound (which isn't all too bad). Again, I believe Matt can add that missing ingredient that Weezer has been lacking for quite some time...Just in injection of a more harder-edge innovative approach.
Also while obviously not the most experimental album out there, Weezer took more risks in White (Thank God For Girls, Jacked Up, Wind In Our Sail) than Matt did in Alphaville, which, once again, it's just a compilation album. So I'm not buying that White's mostly Weezer by numbers.