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  • Summary: The sixth studio album for the Los Angeles band was produced by Rick Rubin and Jacknife Lee.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. A cheerfully restless record, one where all the parts don't fit and it's better because of it, as it has a wild, willing personality, suggesting that Weezer is comfortable as a band in a way they never quite have been before.
  2. Everything is supercharged and melodic, like a poppy version of Nirvana. [July 2008, p.111]
  3. There are a few clunkers, and the three songs sung by other band members don't add much, but the so-called "Red Album" is better for its unevenness.
  4. All in all, this is pretty good album and it is by no means horrible.
  5. Aside from a few missteps like 'Everybody Get Dangerous,' there really isn’t anything to get all pissy about here because it’s an older Weezer willing to take a few chances and still doing what they want to do.
  6. Like the YouTube culture the "Pork and Beans" video depicts so well, the song--and this album--relies on a high quantity of short-lived pretty good ideas to distract from a shortage of great ones.
  7. Weezer seems to have driven their old shtick into the ground so perfectly, it almost seems like they've purposely become tired and boring.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 84
  2. Negative: 21 out of 84
  1. BlakeW
    Oct 5, 2008
    10
    First off , buy the deluxe album . If you don't you're an Idiot. Secondly , these guys are progressing on every album (minus make First off , buy the deluxe album . If you don't you're an Idiot. Secondly , these guys are progressing on every album (minus make believe). Tehy will never sound like the blue album or pinkerton ever again so the cool thing for peopel to do is bash them. but let's cut the crap, Pork and Beans was a #1 song for a while , this album is great and brings Weezer back on track from the last album that was MEH. This band is growing and people don't wanna let it grow , it's a shame. This Album kicks ass as well as the band itself. Expand
  2. jro
    Jun 5, 2008
    10
    I love this cd. Weezer has been a favorite of mine for a long time, but they almost lost me with efforts like "maladroit." But every "color" I love this cd. Weezer has been a favorite of mine for a long time, but they almost lost me with efforts like "maladroit." But every "color" album has been great, with the "red" album finishing a close 2nd to the incredible debut "blue." So come on folks, "everybody get dangerous." Expand
  3. DanP.
    Jun 8, 2008
    9
    Amazing and honest album. The follow-up we needed after the subpar Make Believe. This album will generate many singles over the summer that Amazing and honest album. The follow-up we needed after the subpar Make Believe. This album will generate many singles over the summer that will power our radios! Expand
  4. JonL.
    Jun 5, 2008
    8
    I'm sick of people trashing on all post-Pinkerton Weezer. The fact is that Pinkerton is unrepeatable. And I love Pinkerton just like the I'm sick of people trashing on all post-Pinkerton Weezer. The fact is that Pinkerton is unrepeatable. And I love Pinkerton just like the last guy, but I'm pleased they're not trying to hold onto that. As for the red album, I think it's a great CD, and definitely better than Make Believe (although I appreciated that CD). The interesting thing with this album is that it's a more "mature" collaborative Weezer, with 5 minute songs, and band members alternating instruments and vocals. This is something I've always been curious about. Starting with Make Believe, it seems as if River's has started to loosen the reigns, and I this is the loosest album yet. Yet, Weezer holds up to all their fun pop melodies, power chord rock, with lyrics that at times make you snicker in amusement. Maybe I'm a sucker, or just too much of a hardcore Weezer fan. But I'm pumped on the Red Album. Also, if there's one place that Make Believe specifically fell short, it was with the slower mellow numbers. While the slower songs on the Red Album still are'nt my favorite selections, they do have a life that was absent from the previous CD. I really enjoy the cut loose feel of this album. So suck it Weezer critics. Long live the Weeze, all the way till the end! Expand
  5. ChrisM.
    Jun 6, 2008
    7
    I agree word for word with the NME review. This is a fun, light hearted album in the vien of Maladroit . . . which I also enjoyed. Nobody I agree word for word with the NME review. This is a fun, light hearted album in the vien of Maladroit . . . which I also enjoyed. Nobody does power pop better; weezer is one of the truly funny bands out there. Not many records can intentionally make me laugh out loud. Expand
  6. LarryC.
    Jun 5, 2008
    4
    I'm so disappointed by this album!! I'm afraid that I'll finally have to line up with the reviewers who claim they I'm so disappointed by this album!! I'm afraid that I'll finally have to line up with the reviewers who claim they haven't made any great record since Pinkerton. Make believe at least gave some hopes!! Expand
  7. TomK
    Jun 5, 2008
    0
    Biggest let down since Make Believe.

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