Slave is a song that's rather balanced between being a deep cut and being a 'banger'. It appears to be one of Weezer's favorite songs to perform acoustically, having done so on many occasions (although the Weezer Fan Club might be responsible for that). It even got a spot on their Spotify Sessions EP, and was played in Boston alongside members from Harvard's orchestra band. Slave might just be the non-single song from Maladroit that has gotten the most love.
For what it's worth, I think Weezer has a great discography. Fundamentally, many would be quick to disagree with me. I wouldn't blame them - out of eleven studio albums, only four are really granted this status of nobility.
Where to begin? With the triumphs of The Blue Album having passed, and the poor reception of self-produced, emotionally charged sophomore record Pinkerton leaving a permanent dent on lead singer Rivers Cuomo’s approach to songwriting – is Freak Me Out an unexpected product?