being a die-hard fan of the =w=, I was totally let down with this compilation. Maybe my expectations were too high or I was imagining I'd get more out of it, but something was definitely missing.
The major problem with it was the fact that at least 3/4 of the songs sound almost EXACTLY like the original weezer track. Good examples: Piebald's "No One Else." (one of my favorite songs which gets semi-butchered), Midtown's "Suzanne." The songs are an exact replica of the original album version and, quite frankly, Rivers' yelps and squeals are a heckuva lot better than these emo-fied screams.
However, there are some definite high spots on the album. Christopher John aka Elliot's rendition of "The World Has Turned And Left Me Here" fully capitulates what, in my case, i felt when I first heard the song. Slowed down, the song is turned almost into an enchanting ballad. In a similar vein, The Stereo's cover of "El Scorcho" has enough variation and consistency to make it a stand out track. Chris Carrabba's rendition of "Jamie" lives up to his relatively lofty standards as a recording artist, adding the emotional rawness of the acoustic guitar.
In short, a few tracks on this album make it worth buying. However, there is enough disappointments to also make the casual buyer stray away from it. If you're a hardcore =w= fan, go for it, take the plunge and I'm sure you'd enjoy at least most of the songs. However, if you want to hear great covers, be very wary of this.
I'll be getting it because I'm a weezer nut. But that's just me.