Following the 2008 smash The Red Album, Geffen Records has put together this Weezer refresher course for the holiday season, covering songs from The Blue Album, The Green Album, and Maladroit. Primarily of value for younger fans who’ve caught up with the group in the latter 2000s, the disc is worthwhile for the opening one-two punch of “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain’t So.” It also includes two of their finest second-decade tracks, “Beverly Hills” and “Island In The Sun.” Considering the legitimate hits left off this six-pack, it’s a testament to Rivers Cuomo and Co.’s remarkable chart-topping chemistry.
This 14-track compilation covers Lynn Anderson's most commercially successful songs originally released in the early '70s including "Rose Garden," "Cry," and "Top of the World." Unfortunately, these are re-recordings and recommended only for the completist. 16 Biggest Hits on Columbia/Legacy is the definitive buy for casual listeners.
Come's Near Life Experience covers both old territory for the band as well as heading in new, exciting directions. Singers/guitarists Thalia Zedek and Chris Brokaw weathered the departure of the band's original rhythm section a year ago, to be replaced by 11 different musicians for the recording of this album, including bassists and drummers from groups like the Jesus Lizard, Retsin, Tortoise, and Rachel's. Whoever's playing on the tracks, it's clear from the opening of "Hurricane" that Come is a re-energized, even more powerful band than they used to be, and that Near Life Experience is their most concise and affecting release yet. Come's trademark bluesy-punk sound is still apparent on songs like "Hurricane" and "Bitten," but the group stretches in different directions with gentle ballads like "Weak As the Moon" and "Slow Eyed." Zedek's voice is as gravelly and emotive as ever, and with the different song styles on Near Life Experience, has even more room to express itself. Brokaw also sings lead (a first) on two of the album's more accessible tracks, the single "Secret Number" and "Shoot Me First." Though it's only eight tracks long, Come packs more musical experiences into Near Life Experience than most groups do in an entire discography.