Hurley - Weezer

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Hurley wrestles with serious themes - heartbreak, nostalgia, busted and unrealized dreams; the kinds of things that songwriters usually write songs about when they're on the precipice of turning 40.
  2. It's got the charm and spark of the Weezer of old, and that's a quality you just can't fake.
  3. Hurley's feet are firmly rooted in the present but this collection is, without doubt, the closest the band have come to recapturing their glory days.
  4. It's a pleasure to report, then, that Hurley is a fine album.
  5. Hurley is a reminder of why we fell in love with Weezer in the first place--the power-pop anthems, grungy rock songs, the gawd-awful yet quirky lyrics--it's all here.
  6. Cuomo doesn't suppress his emotion; he just prefers sentiment, but what he loves most of all is a pure pop song and Hurley offers up its fair share.
  7. Hurley isn't perfect, but it's the best thing Weezer have done in quite some time, and that's all we can hope for-until the next Nirvana comes along, of course.
  8. Hurley, its eighth studio album, is a surprise, the group's strongest album in recent years.
  9. Weezer remains dedicated to amped up guitars, catchy melodies, and the idea that love, humor, and pain are what make great memories and wrinkles.
  10. As the band's first disc for Epitaph following a 15-year major-label run, the stripped-down Hurley mostly delivers what you'd expect.
  11. Rivers and his Weezer buddies are oddballs but finally they're our oddballs and Hurley more than makes up for sticking by their side through one of the rockiest relationships in recent indie rock history.
  12. 70
    The band's aims are more modest now: have fun, get people to sing along, share a common feeling or two. Hurley achieves those goals with something approaching dignity.
  13. Hurley proves that Rivers still has some gas left in the tank.
  14. As they grow older, Cuomo and his bandmates will never make a record that supplants their fans' fond Pinkerton-related memories-but a few more impassioned albums like Hurley might erase the sour aftertaste of several Raditudes.
  15. The song's stitched-together feel is also emblematic of an album that feels a bit rushed.
  16. Dec 13, 2010
    The "sonically exploratory" nature of Hurley occasionally serves Weezer's boredom threshold better than it does the songs. [Nov 2010, p.103]
  17. Hurley sums up like a consumer guide of all the musical directions Weezer has explored throughout the years.
  18. So the best songs on Hurley are immediately familiar, like an old lover's phone number you can't forget. This is great, but obviously not that great. Everybody should move on after a while.
  19. Weezer's eighth album is an olive branch to the ride-or-die nerd side of his audience: A Weezer record named after Hurley from Lost is like Rick Ross slapping a picture of Scarface-era Pacino on an album cover and calling it Tony.
  20. Hurley, named after the tragicomic Lost character (who also adorns the cover), continues this recent trend with no less than nine co-writers (for 10 songs), and an even longer list of featured musicians, including Michael Cera, who is enlisted to lay down some mandolin and harmonies for no discernible reason beyond his being Michael Cera.
  21. By their own ridiculously lofty standards, it's not quite good enough. Again. [11 Sep 2010, p.51]
  22. Given the band's checkered history, there's no telling if Hurley is a new beginning or simply this year's model.
  23. Dec 13, 2010
    Eight years ago this might have been a decent debut for a Weezer-rip-off pop-punk band, but now, even at their best, Weezer too often come off now as self-parody.
  24. You can't deny that Cuomo feels no shame and is making exactly the kind of music he wants, and there's ultimately something disarming about that.
  25. The albums have kept coming, but the world has moved on, and the band's leader, Rivers Cuomo, seems to have lost the sure touch he once had.
  26. As endearing as Jorge Garcia's face is, shining warmly from the cover of Weezer's eighth release, the timely pop reference to a Lost character is the perfect symbol for a band on a continued downward spiral into meme-based gimmickry and music with zero staying power.
  27. Now that Cuomo is older and singing about things like fame and the alienation of age, it's become harder to empathize.
  28. If there is a compliment to be paid to Hurley, it is that the band refrains from delving into the sort of WTF territory they've explored of late.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Sep 26, 2010
    Easily their best since "Maladroit". Haven't been able to take it out of the CD player. The songs are very fleshed out, sonically layered, and Rivers has matured as a vocalist. Full Review »
  2. Sep 17, 2010
    I have to say he seldom disappoint. He sounds more like this new band i heard. Though new but they have really pulled it off with some of te greatest music
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  3. Oct 2, 2010
    The main problem with Weezer nowadays is their constant struggle to return to the sound of pinkerton, arguably their best album and the one that got them so many fans, and in the last 5 years, this is pretty much as close as they have got, perhaps their 3rd best album, with Maladroit being first and Pinkerton a very close second Full Review »