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  • Summary: When it rains it pours: After going five years without a Weezer album, fans of the quirky alt-rockers get two new discs in two years, with this (their fourth release overall) quickly following 2001's Green Album.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Perfect pop fun for short attention spans.
  2. 'Maladroit' is a more satisfying half an hour than the often-impersonal 'Green' album. Quick-fire melody-driven, riff-heavy pop songs that resurrect the gritty, edginess of 'Pinkerton'. The best of both worlds basically.
  3. Maladroit combines the best parts of the three previous Weezer albums: creamy guitar riffs, addictive beats, staple "hoo hoo's" and the brilliant mystique of Cuomo’s lyrics.
  4. If 2001’s Weezer was a second-rate Blink-182, almost every composition on Maladroit is more strongly developed, whether it is the tight drumming to the point of showboating on the album’s first single, “Dope Nose,” the surprisingly successful intricate guitar work on the crunchy “Take Control,” or the band’s return to form, producing some of the best pop songs since their 1994 debut.
  5. The short-but-sweet syrupiness of the past is gone, and the sound that has taken its place is heavier, mustier and a hell of a lot harder to swallow.
  6. It seems Cuomo is destined to write great songs for as long as his heart keeps getting stepped on.
  7. The kids will tolerate Maladroit, and probably many more dull records just like it, because it’s a product of Weezer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. MikeC.
    Jul 15, 2002
    10
    It is much more Weezer than their other CD's!
  2. TravisL
    Jan 13, 2007
    10
    this album is amazing!!
  3. Aug 22, 2010
    9
    After researching the band when I first got into them I saw that Maladroit was there then lowest selling album as well as least popularAfter researching the band when I first got into them I saw that Maladroit was there then lowest selling album as well as least popular amongst fans. But as I continued to read further I discovered it was actually well liked by hardcore Weezer fans. I purchased the album and immediately heard the difference from anything they have released before but also loved it at the same time. I enjoyed every song and loved the crunchy guitar riffs and solos. This is my third favourite Weezer album, obviously behind Blue and Pinkerton. Expand
  4. jono
    Jan 31, 2006
    9
    It's my 2nd favorite full length of theirs. Best musical composition and dynamics. Great to listen to on "repeat all." No bad songs, It's my 2nd favorite full length of theirs. Best musical composition and dynamics. Great to listen to on "repeat all." No bad songs, every thing sounds unique, while flowing smoothly. My only complaint is that it wasn't retro-analog. Expand
  5. Jan 2, 2014
    8
    The third-best Weezer album, in my opinion. Catchy riffs, more of Rivers Cuomo's always-solid songwriting, and of course "Slob", one of myThe third-best Weezer album, in my opinion. Catchy riffs, more of Rivers Cuomo's always-solid songwriting, and of course "Slob", one of my favorite Weezer songs. Expand
  6. Jul 2, 2016
    8
    With the grinding guitars of Pinkerton and the lyrical style reminiscent of Green and Blue, Maladroit is the perfect rocker album for WeezerWith the grinding guitars of Pinkerton and the lyrical style reminiscent of Green and Blue, Maladroit is the perfect rocker album for Weezer fans. Possibly their best Post-Pinkerton release. Expand
  7. BrandonR.
    May 1, 2005
    2
    Incredibly boring, formulaic, and uninspired; inevitably, it has a few bright moments, but given the blue album and Pinkerton, why in the Incredibly boring, formulaic, and uninspired; inevitably, it has a few bright moments, but given the blue album and Pinkerton, why in the world would you settle for this?? Expand

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