I shudder to think what a genuinely sincere - if not slightly messed up with a Brian Wilson obsession - songwriter Rivers Cuomo once was compared to the cynical hit-seeker he's become in the current Weezer. Alone II is like the antidote to The Red Album's poison - lo-fi and weird enough to remind us that Cuomo is at his best when he's unguarded, feeling romantically doomed after a long bout of self-imposed isolation.
If you like the über-personal nature of Pinkerton, then Alone II is your sequel. Cuomo's notes contain detailed autobiographical backstories for each song, some of which are probably the best Weezer never recorded.
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