Weezer (Teal Album) and Weezer (Black Album)
The American rock band Weezer released two albums within two months of each other early this year, both named Weezer, although one is known as the “Teal Album” and one is known as the “Black Album.”
The band, comprising Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) musicians Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, and Scott Shriner, released its 12th album, the Teal Album, digitally on January 24, through Crush Music and Atlantic Records with a retail release on March 8. The album is composed of cover songs, including Toto’s “Africa,” Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” and Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.” The record was announced and released on the same day as a surprise precursor to Weezer’s 13th studio album, the Black Album, which was released on March 1.
The Black Album’s songs were entirely written on piano by frontman Cuomo for the first time in Weezer history. With band members switching up instruments in the studio, and choruses filtered through musical references of everything from Gorillaz to Can to Pink Floyd, the Black Album is a unique addition to Weezer’s discography.