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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.
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 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 2 out of 18
  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. Dec 29, 2010
    8
    I've written in the past about how much I haven't enjoyed the Rick Rubin-era of Weezer. I've even read where the band itself hasn't likedI've written in the past about how much I haven't enjoyed the Rick Rubin-era of Weezer. I've even read where the band itself hasn't liked where all of the additional outside influences have led the band. When I heard that Geffen and Weezer parted ways last year, I was disappointed as it indicated the end of one of the last traditional edgy rock bands and their support by a major label. However, I've enjoyed where some bands have gone since becoming New Wave Indy in the era of the Internet, so I was heavily anticipating Hurley as their first post-Geffen CD. While I absolutely despised the opening track and first single, "Memories," the rest of Hurley was a surprisingly well-produced and pop/rock-driven sound I'm used to from Weezer. That was very apparent with the intense snare drum intro on "Ruling Me," which smacks of the hard edge on Maladroit, which is the closest to completely independent Weezer got during the Geffen years.

    Forgettable songs like "Trainwrecks," "co-written (surprisingly) with 80's hit maker Desmond Child, lose their way.

    The strings and flutes supporting "Unspoken" is a new sound I absolutely love, especially when it kicks in during the final minute of the song. It's one of the best songs they've recorded in years.

    Rivers vocals vibrate into a weird Johnny Rotten state on "Where's My Sex," but it works in a very punk way. One of my favorite current songwriters, Ryan Adams, co-writes "Run Away" with Rivers and, while different for current Weezer, channels the old stuff and completely satisfies. Same with "Hang On," co-written with Rick Nowells, whom I've loved since his days of writing with Stevie Nicks. And as if Weezer wasn't beach rock enough, they worked with Orange County's finest bass player, No Doubt's Tony Kanal and American Idol writer Jimmy Harry on the raucous "Smart Girls."

    While thoroughly enjoying Hurley, I was surprised at the rawness of "Brave New World." I liked it, while not entirely enjoying the chorus. What surprised me the most is that it was co-written with Linda Perry, who I personally consider to be one of the worst songwriters of the last 20 years. I have to admit, though, I was impressed with her contribution to the song.

    The biggest surprise came at the end, though. Mac Davis. Yes...the country singer/songwriter from the 1970s and 80s...co-wrote the closer, "Time Flies." It's cute, but should have been left as a B-Side. I was more than thrilled to hear such a fine collection of Weezer material without the support of DGC that it gives me hope for the future. I'm not sure I want to continue seeing so many collaborations on a single album, but I'm not complaining at the result. For those who got the deluxe edition, it was adorable hearing them do a very strange version of "All My Friends are Insects." Same goes with the live inclusion of "Viva La Vida." "I Want to be Something" is a very well-written song that may end up as more than the acoustic version here later on. However, my favorite bonus track was "Represent" released as an anthem for the pursuit of the World Cup earlier in 2010.
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  5. Oct 15, 2014
    8
    Their best album of the 21st century, save for Everything Will Be Alright in End. It's Weezer's return to the 90's, marred only byTheir best album of the 21st century, save for Everything Will Be Alright in End. It's Weezer's return to the 90's, marred only by inconsistency and incompleteness. It sounds like what would have happened if they would have taken half the time writing and recording The Blue Album that they did.

    This isn't to say that anything else 21st centrist Weezer is bad, though. I liked it all, even Make Believe and Raditude.
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  6. Oct 2, 2010
    7
    The main problem with Weezer nowadays is their constant struggle to return to the sound of pinkerton, arguably their best album and the oneThe 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 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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