On Disc: Rivers Cuomo

Album: Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo by Rivers Cuomo

Rivers Cuomo
Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo
Geffen Records

3 stars

At first, Rivers Cuomo’s Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo is an interesting experience.

The Weezer frontman is gifted, but his genius is in doubt by album’s end.

Cuomo appears battered by depression and sexual frustration, which are continually discussed throughout the album.

“Superfriend” could easily be mistaken for a Weezer track with its distorted, three-chord progression and soft lyrics. It’s easy to see Rivers was the driving force behind Weezer’s trademark sound.

Perhaps the most striking part about Alone is Cuomo’s cover of an old Ice Cube track called “The Bomb.” Why Rivers chooses to cover this track and not others is uncertain, since it’s not particularly good.

Despite the promise of an album detailing the musical progression of the pop-rock icon, it falls short. Only die-hard fans could appreciate this light-hearted attempt.

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