When the latest single 'Pork and Beans' by geek-rockers Weezer got leaked a few months ago I was more than a little bit disapointed. Lyrically it's a mess and musically it's about as exciting as BBC's bank holiday TV schedule, but their latest album, dubbed the Red album, more than makes up for it.

Starting off in classic Weezer fashion, opener 'Troublemaker' is like a punky kick to the ribs, with Rivers giving us a glimpse of what he can do when he's not trying to fit a certain mould. Ok, it's more like Maldatroit Weezer than Pinkerton Weezer but I still can't but smile when he hear him sing lyrics like this:

"Marrying a bitch/having seven kids/giving up and growing old and hoping there's a god"

The second track titled 'The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations On a Shaker Hymn)' is a little bit more experimental (for Weezer anyway) and sees them try to fit five songs into one, with the occasional hymn like verse thrown in for good measure. That sounds terrible right? But it really isn't. It could quite easily be on Pinkerton or the Blue album, which has got to be a good thing. 'Pork and Beans' is next up. I won't say much about that one.

'Heart Songs' is next and sees Rivers spent an entire song reminiscing about his past and seemingly what influenced him as a youngster. Again, this sounds like an awful track but it's not. It's cheesy as hell but i cant help but like it. For me It's not the slow songs that make Weezer great but the punky impact driven tracks like 'Everybody Get Dangerous' and 'Dreamin'. These are the kind of songs that make me want to take out my guitar and play along whilst jumping up and down on my bed.

On track 'Thought I Knew' Rivers steps aside and lets Brian Bell take over vocal duties, but i wish he hadn't. The song is forgetabble and so are his vocals. After that the album kind of tails off a bit, which is a shame really.

The red album is definitely better than the last couple of Weezer records but isn't anywhere near as good as the classic Pinkerton or Blue album. But even with that said i really like it. I can imagine my summer spent in a park singing along to a lot of the tracks on this album, which can't be a bad thing.

It might not be cool to like Weezer but guess what? I'm not particularly cool.