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  • Summary: The latest album for the California rock band features a guest appearance by Lil Wayne.
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  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. Raditude sounds like a high-stakes game of chicken, and the intellectual gamesmanship becomes more satisfying than the music.
  3. Raditude seems intent on establishing itself as a now album, sacrificing any sort of cohesive vibe for a pop-friendly disc designed for car stereos to be turned to 11.
  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 just the latest and fullest articulation of Cuomo's wincingly sad desire to become a mainstream success, [Holiday, 2009, p.79]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 48
  2. Negative: 10 out of 48
  1. RobertT
    Nov 6, 2009
    10
    Great, great album. Best one since Maladroit in 2002 (Maladroit was also considered to be pretty generic and underwhelming upon release as Great, great album. Best one since Maladroit in 2002 (Maladroit was also considered to be pretty generic and underwhelming upon release as well). I predict the reaction of Raditude will be like Maladroit where people will look back and consider it a great rock album, but not held to as high regard as Pinkerton (still their magnus opus). Expand
  2. HappyH
    Nov 17, 2009
    10
    Weezer continues to experiment with new sounds and collaborations with others that can only intrigue. I can hear Beach Boys melodies and that Weezer continues to experiment with new sounds and collaborations with others that can only intrigue. I can hear Beach Boys melodies and that can only be good as Rivers Cuomo explores his inner surfer. I wish all the elitist publications would ease up & be sincere: Weezer is having fun with it and so should you. Expand
  3. MaryH
    Nov 19, 2009
    10
    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 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. Dan
    Nov 4, 2009
    8
    Poppy and escapist on the surface, darkly ironic deep down. As with the Red Album, most of the bonus songs are leagues better than the weaker Poppy and escapist on the surface, darkly ironic deep down. As with the Red Album, most of the bonus songs are leagues better than the weaker songs on this album. Overall, their most consistent since 2001's, the Green Album. Fans awaiting the next Blue Album or Pinkerton will need to keep up their 13-year vigil, but Weezer's most commercial album yet should please most and introduce news fans to the band. Expand
  5. Broo
    Nov 4, 2009
    7
    This album come with good songs (i want you to, hang out, put them back together, freeway) and very bad songs (turn me round, the underdogs This album come with good songs (i want you to, hang out, put them back together, freeway) and very bad songs (turn me round, the underdogs on deluxe edition). Love is the answer is kinda weird but not that bad, can't stop partying is funny. Still better than Make believe. Expand
  6. JT
    Nov 9, 2009
    4
    The main problem with the album is that there isn't one song on here that is better than anything else the band has released. Even their The main problem with the album is that there isn't one song on here that is better than anything else the band has released. Even their worst album (which I consider to be "Make Believe"), is light years better than "Raditude". There was only a one year hiatus between "The Red Album" and "Raditude", which makes me think that this could have been a decent album had they waited and tooled their songs instead of just releasing ANYTHING in hopes it will sell. Disappointing to say the least. Expand
  7. LyleS.
    Nov 4, 2009
    0
    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 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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