• Record Label: Geffen
  • Release Date: May 10, 2005
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 25
  2. Negative: 8 out of 25
  1. A chunk of almost straight-faced love/self-doubt songs show that while these geeks may not inherit the earth, they can play their competitors at their own game.
  2. It's the schizophrenic sound of a band starting over a decade later.
  3. Neither the best nor the worst album this band has recorded.
  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. Blender
    60
    In striving for Zen-like purity, the songs often end up eerily blank. [Jul 2005, p.122]
  6. Mojo
    60
    Another patchily edifying addition to the Cuomo enigma. [Jul 2005, p.106]
  7. The truth is that any Weezer copycat band could have made this record.
  8. Far from the unpredictable genius of old, it seems that Rivers Cuomo has returned lacking both edge and sparkle.
  9. 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.
  10. Uncut
    40
    The guitars still kick, but charm is thin on the ground. [Jul 2005, p.89]
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 297 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 89 out of 297
  1. Nov 24, 2017
    8
    A very belated review of a very unfairly criticized album. MB is the sound of Weezer nailing the near perfect power pop aesthetic. ForgetA very belated review of a very unfairly criticized album. MB is the sound of Weezer nailing the near perfect power pop aesthetic. Forget Pacific Daydream which is trite rubbish by comparison and give this a try. Full Review »
  2. May 5, 2016
    8
    Easily one of the most under-appreciated Weezer albums. While the lyrical work doesn't come close to anything from Pinkerton or Blue, everEasily one of the most under-appreciated Weezer albums. While the lyrical work doesn't come close to anything from Pinkerton or Blue, ever song fits so well together in that buttery alt-rock-pop zone. Full Review »
  3. Oct 15, 2014
    9
    I'll never understand why so many people give this album such a hard time. I'll admit it's a little too mid-tempo at times and could haveI'll never understand why so many people give this album such a hard time. I'll admit it's a little too mid-tempo at times and could have been better, but it's a pretty solid and "classic" Weezer album imo. Full Review »