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  • Summary: As its first independently released album, Weezer still remains true to form with a collection of Pinkerton-esque pop rock.
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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. 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.
  3. It's got the charm and spark of the Weezer of old, and that's a quality you just can't fake.
  4. The song's stitched-together feel is also emblematic of an album that feels a bit rushed.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Sep 17, 2010
    10
    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 teI 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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  2. Sep 14, 2010
    9
    For all those Weezer fans hoping to here a shift in the bandâ
  3. Sep 17, 2010
    9
    Hurley marks Weezer's return to writing solid albums with lyrics that are far superior to any other their last three releases. Hurley, toHurley marks Weezer's return to writing solid albums with lyrics that are far superior to any other their last three releases. Hurley, to me, was an album that was good after the first listen but that grew to be a very good album with more spins (or nowadays, "clicks"). Memories, the first single demonstrates that Rivers has more emotion in his vocals foregoing the perfect glassy sheen that auto-tuned voice delivers, but delivers a more human element to the album that was present on Pinkerton and Maladroit. Overall, the album is a concise, short and solid which may lack in obvious singles but stands on the strength of its well constructed, rock songs that makes the whole bigger than the sum of its parts. Expand
  4. Nov 1, 2010
    8
    Much better than Raditude, but still has nothing on the first 4 albums. not entirely forgettable though and a handful of stand-out tracks makeMuch better than Raditude, but still has nothing on the first 4 albums. not entirely forgettable though and a handful of stand-out tracks make this a must have for any hardcore weezer fans. Expand
  5. Jan 18, 2011
    8
    Hurley has some great tracks on it. The opener "Memories" is a great track to kick the album off and it only gets better throughout the album.Hurley has some great tracks on it. The opener "Memories" is a great track to kick the album off and it only gets better throughout the album. "Where's My Sex?" is classic Weezer. And "Time Flies" is a great ender. Rivers has matured as a vocalist and it really shines on this album. All In All, Hurley is a great album. It's Weezer's comeback album. B+ Expand
  6. Apr 2, 2016
    7
    Much better than Ratitude or Red or Make Believe, but still not a Weezer classic like Blue or Pinkerton. "Memories" is a great way to kick offMuch better than Ratitude or Red or Make Believe, but still not a Weezer classic like Blue or Pinkerton. "Memories" is a great way to kick off the album with a nice theme about nostalgia. The album continues to be good with the next track "Ruling Me" which sounds like a classic Weezer song. "Unspoken" is definitely a favorite on the album with its great progression. It starts off as a ballad until near the end where it becomes a hard-hitting and fun tune. "Hang On" and "Smart Girls" are good as well, although I wish live drums had been used instead of a drum machine on the latter. The other songs are decent except for "Where's My Sex" which is probably the worst song on the album. It is a really corny song with weird instrumentation and a over-the-top bridge near the end. This album shows Weezer can still put out good material which is great to hear. Expand
  7. Apr 13, 2011
    1
    By far the worst Weezer album. Created in less than a year, this album features some of Rivers Cuomo's laziest songwriting ever. "Where's myBy far the worst Weezer album. Created in less than a year, this album features some of Rivers Cuomo's laziest songwriting ever. "Where's my Sex?" Cleverly replaces the word socks with sex, and "Smart girls" replaces the word hot with smart. Not exactly groundbreaking. Weezer has completed their devolution from geeky, alt-rick heroes to producers of trashy party music for morons. You'll hear their poorly produced garbage on the radio more than you ever heard the Blue album, but that doesn't it good music.

    As a fan who owns every album (even this one) I'll say this: If I ever hear another new Weezer song, it will be because I have forgotten to change the radio station.
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