Raditude - Weezer
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  • Summary: The latest album for the California rock band features a guest appearance by Lil Wayne.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 25
  2. Negative: 7 out of 25
  1. Ultimately, it's Weezer's deft mixing of immediately hummable rock with lyrics that reveal Cuomo's own melancholy gaze on the pop landscape that makes Raditude a passionate surrender to growing up and a throw-your-arms-up-and-scream ride down the other side of the mid-life roller coaster.
  2. His willingness to make fun of his psychosexual damage only makes it more poignant.
  3. 60
    Weezer's likeabe, insubstantial powerpop has often been infused with somewhat tetchy intimations of latent intellectual heft. On Raditude, this manifests in guest appearances by Amrita Sen and Nishat Khan on the dreadful "Love Is The Answer." Elsewhere, though, Weeaee seem to have ceased to care. [Feb 2010, p.107]
  4. Hooks only go so far, and outside of 'Put Me Back Together' and 'I Don’t Want To Let You Go,' Cuomo doesn’t appear interested in propping them up with human emotions.
  5. Weezer disappoints again. The rest of the tracks are, for the most part, more throwaway power-pop in the vein of the "Red Album."
  6. Raditude is an album of surface appeal--there’s no heart beating inside these plasticized tunes.
  7. Raditude is a thematically vacant and sonically uninspired collection of ditties tailor-made for mainstream radio; it consistently fringes on unlistenable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 43
  2. Negative: 7 out of 43
  1. mschultz
    Nov 17, 2009
    Rad (period). This is a really fun album.
  2. gailp
    Nov 17, 2009
    I must confess: I am a major =W= fan and can say truthfully-Weezer can do no wrong in my eyes. I like the light-hearted aspect of Raditude, and think the new music will enjoy greater acceptance down the line. Plus who doesn't love that =W= Snuggie? Expand
  3. MaryH
    Nov 19, 2009
    I thoroughly enjoy this album. If you're looking for the blue album you won't find it with Raditude. I think people forget that bands learn and grow with each passing year just people do. So what if it's trying to be a "pop" album? This album exhibits their fantastic musicianship, as well as well thought musical composition. It's what I know, love and expect from a Weezer Album! Expand
  4. JosephA
    Nov 6, 2009
    I do believe this is the post-Pinkerton album some of us have been waiting for. Alive, colorful, plainly confessional, hooky, and drenched in current musical trends while retaining an undeniable Weezer foundation as set by Blue & Pinkerton. Expand
  5. CodyF
    Nov 14, 2009
    This album would be worthy of a 8 or a 9 if it weren't for "Love is the answer" in which Weezer has a go at making a hybrid of rock and traditional Indian music, I'm serious. However the rest of the album is on par with the Weezer's recent Brilliance, It's just... That... one... TERRIBLE SONG... ARGH! Expand
  6. JoeyB
    Nov 6, 2009
    It's alright, and has some good songs, Weezer fans should get it.
  7. LyleS.
    Nov 4, 2009
    As anyone that gives this record a peep of praise ever realized how painfully forced River's lyrics are? They make him sound like a 11-year-old trying to act like a 15-year-old. If the argument is made that he's trying make some deep social critique about the superficiality of it all, spare me the optimism. All River's is trying to do is become Kiss part 2. It's turning into a bloody mess. This criticism isn't even because I'm an old school Weezer fan. Its from cutting through an enamel thin pop to see this necrotic nerd with a lightening bolt guitar strap. If Weezer has become a bad reality cartoon then i guess this all works. (PS I've listen to ratitude and the rating is for the record). Expand

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