Originally called Odds and Ends, Death to False Metal is a collection of previously unreleased Weezer tracks that were recorded for other albums, but were for one reason or another cut. Because of this, the songs are quite different to one another and the album sounds a little disjointed as a result of the tracks being recorded at different times over the past seven years. It’s still quite obvious this is a Weezer album though. The voice of Rivers Como is unmistakeable – if you’ve heard one Weezer song, you’ll recognise them all.
The songs are well produced and delivered, though a little depressing and heavy. The most upbeat and poppy sounding song, I’m a Robot, contains the darkest lyrics and it’s clear the band is aiming at the emo teenager or the ‘alternative but not too alternative’ mid-20s listener. If I didn’t know these songs were written at different times, I’d swear the lyricist was subjected to a very recent and nasty breakup.
The band lists Nirvana as one of their influences and the start of the album definitely reflects this. It concludes, however, with a cover of Toni Braxton’s Unbreak My Heart which contains just the right amount of falsetto in the vocals.
If you’re a huge Weezer fan, this album will be one to add to your collection. If you’re only a passing fan, or kinda like their music a bit, this album demonstrates why these songs never made it onto other Weezer albums.