Sound — 8
Over the years, it has become a growing cliche' for musicians to release Christmas records. It is expected to hear everyone's favorite Top-40 pop-stars wailing AutoTune-happy renditions of "Jingle Bell Rock." But very rarely is any extra flavor added to those covers. What Weezer does on this album isn't some genre-crossing, innovative record by any means. It is simplistic, but does exactly what it means to: deliver the fun and energy that most Christmas covers lack. Whether we're talking about an overdrive-laced "Come All Ye Faithful" or the layers or Power-Pop vocals on the "Silent Night" cover, you won't be bored. Instead, you'll be dancing like an idiot. Trust me on this.
Lyrics — 5
While the album does a good job with poppy vocals, there's something missing in Rivers Cuomo's vocals. While he does a good job of singing all of these songs note-per-note, he gives us nothing else. Rivers is one of my favorite Pop-Rock singers because of the color he gives his vocals, but this album has none of that. There's no personality and he doesn't sound like he's having fun. He's sounds like he's just singing the notes he reads off some sheet music, and it's the most dissapointing thing on the album.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, this is a great break from the usual ballads you hear this time of year. This album delivers the fun that Christmas records seem to have lost. It has powerful guitars, and energetic instrumentation. Next time you're at a party, do everyone a favor and play this instead of Josh Groban singing "Silent Night." Everyone will be much happier.