By Steve Rosseau
Released a little less than just two months after "Hurley," Weezer's "Death to False Metal" might have some people scratching their heads. What is this thing, and why did they release it now of all times? What's even more curious is that this release directly coincides with the release of the deluxe edition of Weezer's best album, "Pinkerton." So what exactly is the purpose of "Death to False Metal?"
Originally, and more sensibly, titled "Odds and Ends," "Death to False Metal" is a compilation of tracks cut from records over the band's history from the band's roots in 1993 to present day. Not so much a track of greatest hits, but think more b-sides and unreleased material. This all sounds great on paper, new songs from the different flavors of Weezer, but after experiencing "Death to False Metal" it becomes apparent why these songs were cut in the first place.
The record's content is split between the separate eras of Weezer. Tracks such as "Blowin' My Stack," "I Don't Want Your Loving" and "Trampoline" are suggestive of the Green Album power-pop Weezer from the early 90's, while "Losing My Mind" and "Everyone" are more evocative of the darker, more abrasive "Pinkerton" period. The synth-infused "Autopilot" and the Toni Braxton cover "Unbreak My Heart" remind the listener of Raditude Weezer…unfourtunately.
"Turning Up the Radio" is pure energy, a feel-good rock track that was probably cut from "Make Believe" or "Hurley" and it's the strongest of the album's 10 songs. However, this is the problem, compared to the entire Weezer catalog "Death to False Metal" just seems "meh" by comparison.
"They can't all be zingers," Les Claypool once said about his songs, and the same applies to "Death to False Metal." It's an album that won't really offend you, but at the same time it won't blow your hair back either. If you're a Weezer fan then "False Metal" is well worth the $12 just to get a hold of some previously unreleased material. Otherwise you might be better off picking up the deluxe edition of "Pinkerton" – that's a goldmine of previously unheard Weezer.