Like last year’s Alone, this second collection of solo demos by the Weezer frontman works best when Cuomo stays on familiar ground. So the glistening power-pop of “I Was Scared” and “My Brain Is Working Overtime” rock; the plodding “Come to My Pod” and the tuneless “Paper Face,” not so much.
Cuomo also tosses in a cover of the Beach Boys’ “Don’t Worry Baby” for no other reason than to acknowledge his debt to Brian Wilson (see Alone 2’s “The Purification of Water,” “I Don’t Want to Let You Go” and several others). Some songs call out for full-band treatment, while others settle comfortably into a singer-songwriter groove.
All the while, Cuomo rummages through his vast catalog of unreleased songs for something a little more substantial than his full-time gig usually allows.