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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: 33 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. May 10, 2021
    10
    Maladriot provides the catchy hooks you expect from Weezer with more interesting melodies and guitar solo's than Green. The amount of variety,Maladriot provides the catchy hooks you expect from Weezer with more interesting melodies and guitar solo's than Green. The amount of variety, energy, and skill which makes this album tow a line between all three sounds of their previous records is truly impressive. This is certainly amongst the best of all of Weezer's 14 (as of now) records and should get more attention from old and new fans alike. Expand
  2. TravisL
    Jan 13, 2007
    10
    this album is amazing!!
  3. HatR.
    May 26, 2002
    9
    Weezer's green album was OK but Maladroit is way better!
  4. MatthewS
    Sep 7, 2004
    9
    I was a little skeptic after i was led slightly astray from weezer after being partially disappointed by The Green Album.... but frankly this I was a little skeptic after i was led slightly astray from weezer after being partially disappointed by The Green Album.... but frankly this one just rocks! makes me enjoy music twicefold, i hope i don't sound like a fanboy 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. Feb 2, 2018
    8
    One of Weezer's overlooked and ignored album and perhaps the heaviest album of their career. This album is highly recommended for a metal fanOne of Weezer's overlooked and ignored album and perhaps the heaviest album of their career. This album is highly recommended for a metal fan that wants to get into Weezer. 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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