Space Twins

Space Twins

The End of Imagining

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Space Twins are indeed the black sheep of the Weezer extended family. With the now marginalized Weezer churning out gigabytes of inferior songs instead of focusing on making a handful of songs brilliant, and while Pat Wilson’s riff-whoring Special Goodness slicks back its hair for an expected MTV invitation, Brian Bell’s Space Twins is stoned. Very, very stoned and listening to a continual loop of Blur, The Beatles and T. Rex.

I can’t imagine how Bell got so heavily into Britpop, but it fits with his full-time band’s emphasis on tunefulness. Most of the songs on here loll back and forth on gently strummed acoustic guitars, a driving beat and a piano backbone a la Blur’s Parklife. “Rings of Saturn” has almost the same chord changes and structure as Blur’s “End of a Century.” Even the more “rock” sounding songs like “Yellow Camaro” have a distinctive British pogoing feel.

It’s a very good imitation for the most part, but at times Bell tries a little too hard to capture his influences’ idiosyncrasies. “Trudy Truelove,” while very catchy and fun, is a little too blatant a nod to Lennon/McCartney’s alliterated characters. Less enjoyable is “Nico,” a groan inducing attempt to revisit “Yellow Submarine” complete with psychedelic storybook lyrics and a sea theme.

These missteps reveal a more inherent flaw: while these songs are pleasant enough, we’ve heard most of them done better before. Still I have to say this is the best Weezer-related release in the last six years or so. That may not be saying much, but it’s something.

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