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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. The Red Album is a wonderful jumping-off point for their second wind. [July 2008, p.145]
  4. All in all, this is pretty good album and it is by no means horrible.
  5. 60
    The Rick Rubin and Jacknife Lee-produced follow-up to 2005's "Make Believe," finds Cuomo precariously balanced btween amused/amusing self-obsessed and de facto narcissism. [July 2008, p.110]
  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: 54 out of 81
  2. Negative: 21 out of 81
  1. BlakeW
    Oct 5, 2008
    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
    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
    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. KristopherB.
    Jun 5, 2008
    A lifelong Weezer fan, I must admit that while "Pork and Beans", "The Greatest Man", and "Automatic" had me listening happily, the rest of the album was only slightly above average, maybe bar "Troublemaker". The other two non-Cuomo entries have not been played through once on my media player thus far. Yes "Make Believe" was panned but as far as Cuomo handing out songwriting duites, the old addage "if it's not broken don't fix it" may be needed to put in effect, although Wilsons attempt was quite catchy. Expand
  5. BrendanD
    Jun 9, 2008
    I don't know why all the indie-poseur freaks are so obsessed with "Pinkerton" as this seminal classic of rock music. It was a nice departure for a pop band, but the results weren't nearly as catchy as the Blue Album; nor were they as arena-ready and fine-tuned as "Maladroit." I agree with another poster: it grows awfully tiring to hear people crap upon all post-Pinkerton Weezer records, because frankly, they've done better music since. That being said, this will probably go down as their worst record. That doesn't make it crap; it just makes it not brilliant. But maybe, just maybe, it will age as well as "Make Believe" has -- and for all the haters out there, go back and listen to "Make Believe" now that the hype's been removed. It's not a bad record at all. This one... Don't know if it's got anything (besides the glorious "Greatest Man") that's as memorable. Expand
  6. ChrisK.
    Jan 15, 2009
    if weezer's debut was a 10 and pinkerton an 8.5 this is a 3 at best. weezer was the first album i ever bought and i'm embarassed that 14 years later this is what they've come up with. "everybody get dangerous"? who do they think they're singing to? Expand
  7. TomK
    Jun 5, 2008
    Biggest let down since Make Believe.

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