SZNZ: Spring

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SZNZ: Spring
SZNZ: Spring cover
EP by Weezer
Released March 20, 2022 (digital)
April 29, 2022 (CD)
February 2023 (vinyl)
Format digital, CD, vinyl
Recorded 2021-2022
Length 20:54 (Digital, CD)
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Producer(s) Jake Sinclair, Ethan Gruska, Suzy Shinn
Professional reviews
Metascore 63
Weezer chronology
Van Weezer
(2021)
SZNZ: Spring
(2022)
SZNZ: Summer
(2022)
Singles from SZNZ: Spring
  1. "A Little Bit of Love"
    Released: March 16, 2022

SZNZ: Spring is the first (of four) in the SZNZ series of EPs by Weezer. It was released on March 20, 2022 by Crush Music. The album was produced by Weezer's frequent collaborators Jake Sinclair and Suzy Shinn, as well as new collaborator Ethan Gruska.

Overview

See SZNZ

The SZNZ concept was first mentioned by Rivers Cuomo in an interview with i in January of 2021.[1] Cuomo stated that he wanted the Spring album to feature a "Happy, chill, stress-free" theme, later expressing a desire for an "acoustic, breezy" song in a similar vein to "Island in the Sun." [2][3][4][5]

Early in the planning stages for SZNZ [date?], Cuomo expressed intent to work with OK Human arranger and conductor Rob Mathes, as well as what Cuomo described as "[their] own version of the Wrecking Crew,"[6] though this idea was later scrapped.[7]

On February 2, 2022, Cuomo shared a Google spreadsheet with fans which included the release dates, possible producers, planned tone, and planned singles for each EP.[5] On February 27, Cuomo uploaded a video to his TikTok account utilizing a snippet of the lead single "A Little Bit of Love," in hopes of promoting the song.[8] On March 11, the band confirmed March 20 as the release date of Spring through social media with "A Little Bit of Love" releasing on March 16.[9]

On March 16, Cuomo used his game, Weezle (a Weezer-themed spin on the popular web game Wordle), to preview snippets of the forthcoming Spring songs.[10] On the same day, the album and its respective merchandise was listed for pre-order on weezer.com. An "Emerald Green"-colored vinyl was made available exclusively for members of the Weezer Fan Club.

On March 20, the EP was released digitally. CD copies of the EP began appearing at retail as early as April 23.[11] Upon seeing the final packaging design, Rivers Cuomo expressed skepticism about whether the CD was an official product.[12]

Reception

Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, assigned the album an average score of 63 based on 7 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[13]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Rivers Cuomo, except where noted. 
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Opening Night"    2:27
2. "Angels on Vacation"    3:25
3. "A Little Bit of Love"  Cuomo, Dave Gibson, Jax, Wayne Wilkins 2:44
4. "The Garden of Eden"    3:15
5. "The Sound of Drums"    3:16
6. "All This Love"  Cuomo, Patrick Wilson 2:50
7. "Wild at Heart"    2:54
Total length:
20:54
Vinyl-exclusive bonus track
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
8. "Across the Meadow"     

Songs previously in contention

Personnel

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See also

References

  1. Goggins, Joe. "Weezer: ‘Our fans don’t seem to age out. We must be doing something right’" i. 21 January 2022. https://inews.co.uk/culture/music/weezer-ok-human-van-weezer-new-album-rivers-cuomo-838914
  2. Eastoe, Dillon. "Weezer: "I'm very anxious right now about what it means to be human" Upset. 29 January 2021. https://www.upsetmagazine.com/features/weezer-interview-feb21
  3. "Rivers Cuomo Song List (Public)" Google Sheets Archived on Wayback Machine, 30 January 2021: https://web.archive.org/web/20210130184003/https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZYghbmvTreCO5JPI9AEN-iLwnE7VYqoUW4MrO-Znr98/edit#gid=966375241 Archived from the original: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZYghbmvTreCO5JPI9AEN-iLwnE7VYqoUW4MrO-Znr98/edit#gid=966375241
  4. File:Sznz_google_doc.png
  5. 5.0 5.1 "weezer: SZNZ" Google Sheets. Archived by Wayback Machine on 17 February 2022: https://web.archive.org/web/20220217022151/https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1BGWLEmZohpOPaLBPe132FMrHvSgyw8PHt8k93AmZ0kQ/edit#gid=0 Archived from the original: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1BGWLEmZohpOPaLBPe132FMrHvSgyw8PHt8k93AmZ0kQ/edit#gid=0
  6. Rivers Cuomo, Riverchat [date?] File:Wrecking_crew_mention.png
  7. Geewiz "sznz hypé thread (@DAN ask Rivers about the Wilson cover he did I want to listen to it)" All Things Weezer 18 August 2021. https://allthingsweezer.com/index.php?threads/sznz-hyp%C3%A9-thread-dan-ask-rivers-about-the-wilson-cover-he-did-i-want-to-listen-to-it.57283/page-142#post-2008505 Screenshot: File:Wrecking_crew_out.png
  8. "Mr. Rivers' Discord" Discord. 6 January 2022. Screenshot: File:Discord-rivers-tiktokpowerful.png
  9. @weezer "This year we’re releasing 4 EPs inspired by magic, Pagan myths, religious rituals, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Shakespeare & more (so much more). Each one will take you on an enchanting journey. The first of the four EPs, SZNZ: Spring is coming out on the Spring Equinox, 3/20." Twitter 11 March 2022. https://twitter.com/Weezer/status/1502313540044079104
  10. @RiversCuomo "For the next few days, Weezle will be featuring songs from our upcoming album, SZNZ: Spring. I know it will be hard to guess the words to songs you don't know, but the reward will be that much sweeter. https://weezle.web.app" Twitter. 16 March 2022. https://twitter.com/RiversCuomo/status/1504277581599707136
  11. Louis, Albert. Weezer Fan Club. Facebook. 23 April 2022. https://www.weezerpedia.com/wiki/File:Fan_Club_Facebook_Spring_CD.jpeg
  12. Cuomo, Rivers. Discord. 24 April 2022. File:RC_Spring_CD_question.jpg
  13. "SZNZ: Spring [EP] by Weezer" Metacritic. https://www.metacritic.com/music/sznz-spring-ep/weezer
  14. Cuomo, Rivers. Mister Rivers' Neighborhood. Archived by Wayback Machine, 2 June 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20210602220254/https://books-r-fun.herokuapp.com/wiki/SZNS
  15. High as a Kite. All Things Weezer. 12 October 2020. File:Haak_10122020.png
  16. Cuomo, Rivers. Mister Rivers' Neighborhood. Archived by Wayback Machine, 15 July 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20210715183313/https://books-r-fun.herokuapp.com/wiki/SZNS