Don't Let Go
Label: Geffen Records
After five years off, Weezer comes back with their second self-titled album, if only to push the restart button after 1997's Pinkerton turned its back on their clean-cut geek-is-cool image by thrashing through 10 dark and spiky songs. Here the band enlists the help of former Cars front man Ric Ocasek to help them return to the joys of sunny power pop. And it works, kind of. But it's more interesting for the pendulum swing from the big melodies of "Photography" to the anxious paranoia of "Hash Pipe."