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  • Summary: Rick Rubin produced album number five for the Rivers Cuomo-led band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 25
  2. Negative: 8 out of 25
  1. "Make Believe" is classic Weezer, further refining the template of unthreatening heavy metal riffs... welded to smart lyrics, largely of satirical nature, and infectious melody.
  2. A breakthrough for Weezer... Cuomo's songs are his most plaintive and brilliant since Pinkerton. [19 May 2005, p.74]
  3. 64
    The thread that made Weezer everyone's favorite nerd-rock quartet--the soul and core behind the dramatic guitar crescendos--has unraveled completely, leaving us with a record full of, well, a lot of dramatic guitar crescendos. [#16, p.87]
  4. Some songs are worth a listen, but the overall package sounds and feels redundant and, putting myself at the mercy of =W= fans everywhere, renders itself irrelevant.
  5. Many of these songs are thin schematics for “perfect” pop songs. They’re impressive in their commitment to formula--deploying catchy, whiny hooks, taut structure, loud-soft interplay, and well-timed guitar peals. Yet for all their nakedness, they offer little in the way of revelation.
  6. Make Believe seems so simple compared to [Weezer's] other albums.
  7. Sometimes an album is just awful. Make Believe is one of those albums.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 188
  1. Aug 22, 2010
    A very inconsistent album that still has enough good songs to make it good. The first half is great and favourites are Hold Me and Peace. From there I find the album goes downhill with songs that have mediocre lyrics. I find that out of all Weezer albums I listen to this the least. I rated it the same as Raditude as it does have deeper songs, however it is not as catchy and fun. Despite this I still enjoy it and feel it earns a 7 rating. Expand
  2. Sep 26, 2013
    A couple of really good tracks do a valiant effort for trying to make up for other poorly written, fairly bad songs. Don't get me wrong, I love Weezer, and if I let that bias in this review, I give it 10/10, but I find myself listening to their other albums more often than Make Believe. Expand
  3. j30
    Aug 15, 2011
    Not a terrible album but not a good one either. Average at best.
  4. Jun 25, 2012
    I've split Weezer into 3 periods. Early Days (Blue and Pinkerton) which were their peak, Early 00's (Green and Maladroit) which were not quite as good but still really good fun, then you have everything that followed - Mediocrity. This is the start of the third Weezer period. The lead single "Bevely Hills" doesn't really sound like a Weezer track, more American Rock than surf/geek punk pop. The good songs (We are All on Drugs, The Other Way) on this are great but they are few and far between. The rest of the songs on this record are poor and this album is where I got off the Weezer train to be honest. Expand

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