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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.
Score distribution:
  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: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. TravisL
    Jan 13, 2007
    10
    this album is amazing!!
  2. BretFunk
    Nov 21, 2005
    10
    it rocks
  3. May 15, 2017
    9
    This album is really good. It's better than green, much better than what would later come (make believe)
    and is very heavy in guitar.
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    This album is really good. It's better than green, much better than what would later come (make believe)
    and is very heavy in guitar.
    tracks like keep fishin' and dope nose get stuck in your head and nothing on here is bad.
    favorite songs:
    5. dope nose
    4. keep fishin'
    3. space rock
    2. american gigolo
    1. burndt jamb.
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  4. Sep 7, 2010
    8
    Another enjoyable Weezer album... Not as good as The Blue Album or Pinkerton but Maladroit is certainly a nice listen. Songs like "Dope Nose"Another enjoyable Weezer album... Not as good as The Blue Album or Pinkerton but Maladroit is certainly a nice listen. Songs like "Dope Nose" and "Keep Fishin" are amazing live and all the tunes are fun. Expand
  5. Apr 11, 2020
    8
    Maladroit by Weezer: 7.48

    American Gigolo: 1 :) Dope Nose: 0.75 Keep Fishin’: 1 :) Take Control: 1 :) Death And Destruction: 0.75
    Maladroit by Weezer: 7.48

    American Gigolo: 1 :)
    Dope Nose: 0.75
    Keep Fishin’: 1 :)
    Take Control: 1 :)
    Death And Destruction: 0.75
    Slob: 1 :)
    Burndt Jamb: 1 :)
    Space Rock: 0.5
    Slave: 0.75
    Fall Together: 1 :)
    Possibilities: 0.75
    Love Explosion: 1 :)
    December: 0.75

    11.25/13 ~ .865 -> 7.48

    Maladroit is Weezer’s best album so far. One of the things I liked most about Maladroit was how Weezer toned down the overpowering guitar effects that made their previous music a little hard to listen to. As a result, there really isn’t a bad song in the album, and it was a great listen. I guess if there was something to point out, it would be that the lyrics could be better quality, and I was surprised by how short Space Rock was. I feel like it would’ve been better if it was extended. That being said, there are quite a few really good songs on here, and rock fans will like Maladroit. Highlights: American Gigolo, Keep Fishin’, Take Control, Slob, Burndt Jamb, Fall Together, and Love Explosion.
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  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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