Anyone who knows of Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) will probably be aware of how unbelievable it is that he has found the inner-cofidence to allow the world to hear him in his rawest state.
This awkwardly shy, yet driven musician has produced a collection of demos and 'didn't quite make it tracks' that are both a joy to behold and a real eye-opener.
The 18 tracks scoot around the time line of Rivers' life with the CD liner notes detailing the reasons behind the composition, plus the lyrics, and why it has never previously been aired.
'Alone' holds many poignant moments. 'Songs from the Black Hole' was Rivers' attempt at writing a musical version of Red Dwarf (UK Fan reference) and very funny it is too. It would have made a surreal follow-up to the Blue Album! (Glad they went with Pinkerton!)
'Crazy One' describes a girlfriend who broke his heart... you can hear Rivers whimper at the top of this track (still hurting from the recent events) and 'This Is the Way' may show the direction that Weezer are heading in.
Some of the demo-tracks are unashamedly raw (duff vocals are left in) yet the album never suffers for it. Instead it delivers a revelatory insight into Rivers Cuomo and ultimately carries some damn fine tunes.