Weezer - Hurley (Epitaph 2010)
There are some Weezer fans that will never get past Pinkerton. For them, every album since then has been a huge disappointment. I feel kinda bad for them. Weezer may not be rewriting that album, but the music they make isn't any less good. Hurley is a great album, from start to finish.
The name and cover art are kinda weird. But, as Punknews pointed out, they aren't the first punk band to do something like this. Honestly, I don't really care how odd it might be, the music is what matters to me. And Weezer brought some great songs to the table for this album. 7 previous albums and signing to Epitaph after their history with Geffen haven't caused them to lose any steam.
"Memories," the album's kick-off track and first single, is a high energy ode to the band's history. "Where's My Sex?" is just plain weird. "Smart Girls," about a fetish for smart girls, stands out in a pop culture where little is valued over looks. These are just a few of the stand out tracks, but the whole album is high energy and fun, with some great lyrics.
I don't really have too much more to say about it. It's just a good album in general. I really do feel bad for the Pinkerton fans that can't move on like Weezer did.