Monday, December 17, 2018

Ken's Best of 2018 - #2: Weakened Friends - Common Blah

Weakened Friends have been one of my favorite discoveries since we started this blog, and I feel like I had been waiting ages for them to release a full length. They finally did in October with Common Blah. How great did Common Blah end up being? The song featuring J Mascis on guitar (and how cool is that?) isn't even the best song. Weakened Friends have this great 90's alternative feel that is a snapshot as early 90's post grunge/power pop started to meld into emo. I've said this before and I'm sure I'll say it again: Weakened Friends are what Weezer should sound like now. It's all fuzzed out and crunchy guitars, self-deprecating lyrics, emotive angst, and quite possibly the catchiest songs you've heard in years. Common Blah is an album I've been waiting years for, and it exceeded every expectation I could have possibly had. Expect huge things from these folks in 2019.

Songs of note: "Blue Again," "Good Friend," "Not Doing Good."

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