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. 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: 32 out of 46
  2. Negative: 9 out of 46
  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. JonA
    Nov 4, 2009
    8
    It's no Pinkerton, but it does what you think it will, and does it well.
  5. R.Dawg
    Nov 4, 2009
    7
    An extremely fun listen (especially with the Deluxe Edition tracks mixed in) with songs like Trippin' Down The Freeway, The Prettiest An extremely fun listen (especially with the Deluxe Edition tracks mixed in) with songs like Trippin' Down The Freeway, The Prettiest Girl In The Whole Wide World and Can't Stop Partying offering some of Rivers' best ever melodies dressed in rich and meaty guitar, bass, drum and sometimes even lush synths. At this point, if people want something at the level of the first two albums, those still exist and are every bit as good the 2nd or 52nd time you hear them. Raditude is feels like a step in 10 different directions, maybe only half of them are being right ones, but the songs each work on their own terms and don't seem to impede on one another (though that may have to do with the many different producers that worked on it) and just deliver a light-hearted soundscape. Sometimes great summer albums come out in November. Expand
  6. andy
    Nov 26, 2009
    5
    I'm sorry, this is weezer's worst. the 5 is for the deluxe. Run over by a truck and prettiest girl are awesome. the single great I'm sorry, this is weezer's worst. the 5 is for the deluxe. Run over by a truck and prettiest girl are awesome. the single great and i like trippin'. i love every album and i thought the red album was a step forward, but some of this is just so bad. i dont care if its not pinkerton but there so much more capable of aking beter music. In one year they went from the kick ass "greatest man that ever lived" to " im your daddy". "dreamin" to "the girl got hot" (which is the worst weezer song ive ever heard). im sorry but this album is quite the dissapointment, and im one of the unusual weezer fans who really does love (inspite of a few clunkers here and there) every weezer album. 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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