Pacific Daydream is the eleventh studio album by American rock band Weezer, released on October 27, 2017. The album is their second release by Crush Management, is distributed by Atlantic Records, and is the most significant departure from their trademark sound to date. The lead single, "Feels Like Summer", was released on March 16, 2017. The second single, "Happy Hour", was released on October 31.
Pacific Daydream was released October 27, 2017. It is Weezer’s eleventh studio album. They originally set out to make another self-titled darker album known as the Black Album. However, Cuomo said that he started writing songs that did not fit the darker sound, so he started work on a project called Pacific Daydream. Pacific Daydream Q&A
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
Long ago, Rivers Cuomo basically split Weezer into two different bands. One of them puts out experimental albums (Pinkerton, Maladroit, The Red Album, et., and the other puts out commercially-minded records (The Green Album, Make Believe, etc). At times (The Blue Album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End), Weezer straddle the fence. There’s a bit of mad genius to this approach. Pacific Daydream is the band’s first offering to fall far short for both camps-not because it’s one of the most extreme examples of Cuomo going for a radio-friendly sound (though it is that), but because he betrays the band’s mission in the process. This is all the more disappointing when you consider that even when Cuomo churns out dance-pop fluff such as Feels Like Summer, it’s still abundantly clear that he hasn’t lost his gift for coming up with earworm hooks.
Album · 2017 · 10 Songs. Pacific Daydream Weezer. Listen on Apple Music.
Pacific Daydream is all carefree, expertly crafted pop, free of irony and all the better for it. Lock the doors, crack open a cold one, and enjoy an endless summer with Weezer.