Released as an accompaniment to the deluxe reissue of Pinkerton
, 2010’s Death to False Metal
is not quite a new album, and not quite a rarities retrospective, either. It’s a collection of unreleased songs the band cut during their 15-year association with DGC, some dating back to the early days, some quite recent, but they’re all given a nice new sheen that makes it sound like a relatively close cousin to Hurley
, the band’s indie debut that appeared just two months before this major-label swan song. Generally, the tunes lean closer to Weezer
’s classic power pop than either the all-things-to-all-people Raditude
, or the glassy modern rock of Make Believe
, and in turn, it falls somewhere between the inspired lunacy of the former and the formalist pop of the latter. Apart from the occasional pop culture reference -- the anti-suburban conformity anthem “I’m a Robot” dates it as a ‘90s artifact, the Mac-vs-PC conceit of “Odd Couple” pegs it as a decade later -- this is music that Weezer
could have released at any time after their 2001 comeback, and while it’s sonically a little more ragged than any one album, thereby betraying its origins as a compilation, song for song, it’s one of their better records of the ‘00s, as it consists of the best songs, not tunes that fit the sound of a project. It’s a wonder why a few of these cuts didn’t pop up before this, but as a collection of outtakes, they hold together better than some of the band’s proper albums.