The Special Goodness

The Special Goodness

The Special Goodness

Land Air Sea

Epitaph

To be brutally honest, I would never have elected to review this album if it wasn’t the side project of a certain Patrick Wilson, whose day job happens to be playing drums for Weezer. Weezer is a band I love. Or rather, used to love. Pinkerton still remains one of my ten favorite albums of all time. Man, was that a good album. But I digress. We’re talking about The Special Goodness, right? Not Weezer. And this is definitely not Weezer, not even bad Green Album-era Weezer.

Land Air Sea is Pat’s second SG adventure, along with Ex-Rocket From The Crypt buddy Atom Willard, and it’s full of poppy indie rock songs that all pretty much sound the same. The best tracks, like “Day In The Autumn” and “Whatever’s Going On,” try their hardest to resurrect the infectious geek rock of the Blue Album or invoke the charming power pop mastery of Fountains of Wayne. But the rest of the album is much less interesting, much more repetitive and, sadly enough, very average — so much so that it almost makes me hate the Green Album a little less. Almost.

Although it’s not a terrible release, it seems to me that Wilson and Willard are talented, creative musicians with a collective discography that speaks for itself. With that in mind, Land Air Sea can’t help but disappoint. It’s catchy, and at times, it’s even fun. But the simple truth is that there’s just nothing all that special about The Special Goodness.

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