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Weezer are the finest pop band of the 90's. Blending a penchant for distorted guitar tunes and catchy, instantly memorable melodies, the band carved out a place for itself in pop culture. The band's first single, "Undone", made the band famous for playing catchy, upbeat, 90's-esque songs. Over two years later, "Undone" was re-released, this time as a B-side to their self-titled debut LP. The song was a huge success and was included in The Black Album, a compilation of the band's music.

In 1997, Rivers Cuomo's soul died. Mykel and Carli Allen died in a car crash. And Rivers Cuomo's soul died. So he was forced into the spotlight of the pop-culture, with the world paying homage to him on his latest album, "Satisfaction." But the real Rivers Cuomo died last month. The New York Times reported that the singer lost his battle with lung cancer at the age of 43. Rivers Cuomo's first album, "Satisfaction," was the most-reviewed album of 2013. And "Satisfaction" was also the most-heard song of 2013

I watched Rivers Cuomo's soul die after this performance. He was never the same again. Rivers Cuomo and his guitar/vocals are in the process of a long overdue resurrection – but if they ever get there, I'll be at the bar waiting for it. I'm also in the process of a long overdue resurrection, and that means drinking more beer, eating more junk food, drinking more beer… until they bring back Cuomo, but if you do, I'll be there, right here, with my bottle, holding it for you until he does come back.
I miss Rivers Cuomo. He's one of my favorite writers, and his voice can't be replicated, no matter how well you can mimic his style. It is, of course, a bit disappointing that it is impossible to hear all the lyrics from his albums, but I think he would have liked this one. As to the whole "a bit disappointing" argument, I have a feeling most people will get to hear his stuff anyway. And even if they don't, this is still a great album.

The best track on this album? "Horses." It has some of the best vocals from anyone on the album, and it's an amazing song. It's catchy, it's memorable, and it's got some good guitar playing. "Horses" is probably my favorite song on the album, which should be considered an improvement from "Songs from the Black Hole," which I thought was my least favorite track of the album.

This is another album I feel will be best appreciated after the first listen in the car or in the car while driving, but this is a great album to sit down with and listen to. It is a great listen to this decade.