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 44
  2. Negative: 7 out of 44
  1. mschultz
    Nov 17, 2009
    10
    Rad (period). This is a really fun album.
  2. gailp
    Nov 17, 2009
    10
    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, 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
    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. DustinC
    Nov 4, 2009
    8
    Doesn't it make you laugh when you hear Weezer fans bicker everytime a new album comes out? Why isnt it the Blue Album? Why isnt it Doesn't it make you laugh when you hear Weezer fans bicker everytime a new album comes out? Why isnt it the Blue Album? Why isnt it Pinkerton? Why isnt it the Green Album? yada...yada...yada...get over it, Cuomo has always written whatever he feels like writing. Expand
  5. Mattias
    Nov 11, 2009
    7
    They performed a couple of the tracks at Fuji Rock in Japan this summer, and my expectiation was quite high. As witht he Red Album I felt a They performed a couple of the tracks at Fuji Rock in Japan this summer, and my expectiation was quite high. As witht he Red Album I felt a bit ripped-off after the first listening, but this CDs has grown on me after that and it is after all a much better album than the mess that was the Red Album. However this high-school movie of a album might have needed a bit more darkness to even it out, Dont want to let you go, feels a bit lonely. A fun listen,but II would like River to write something a bit more personal next time rather than once again targeting the Myspace generation. Expand
  6. Dec 17, 2014
    5
    Raditude, Weezer's 7th studio album, starts off in promising fashion with opening track "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want YouRaditude, Weezer's 7th studio album, starts off in promising fashion with opening track "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To". Next we have the unfortunately named "I'm You Daddy" which has a decent hook and a typical Weezer chorus. Unfortunately things go rapidly downhill from here and by the time we get to the end of the record you start feeling sorry for the once great Rivers Cuomo and the fact that a man who was once rightly considered a surf punk genius has been reduced to this. The last third of the album is painful to listen to. I have to give credit where its due for the first 2 tracks and a few others that tread along mediocrity territory without being offensively bad. If your a fan of early Weezer then avoid this to keep your romantic notions of the band intact. 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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