I have a new feature up in the “Features” section. It’s called “Weezer and the Problem with Fan Expectations” and deals with what happens when an artist feels like they owe something to their audience.
UPDATE: It turns out this article was published in Popmatters. Here’s the link: http://www.popmatters.com/post/186936-weezer-and-the-problem-of-fan-expectation/
To be clear, I think EWBAITE is a very good record (review will be up shortly, sorry about that–been busy), their best in a decade, and this sort of uncomfortable tension between doing what they’ve always done and apologizing to their fan base I think helps fuel the record instead of drag it down, even if the fan-service aspects result in it feeling much more calculated than the average Weezer record.
Thanks for reading. I hope you are okay.