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  • Summary: The 11th full-length studio release for the alternative rock band led by Rivers Cuomo features production from Jonny Coffer, Toby Gad, J.R. Rotem, and Butch Walker.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. 80
    It’s the ever-present hint of neurosis in Rivers Cuomo’s voice and vaguely bi-polar lyrics (thankfully not produced using the cut-up technique he employed for last year’s self-titled release) that give this band their perennial edge of strangeness, and reaffirm Weezer’s unique place in American rock fans’ affections.
  2. Q Magazine
    Oct 24, 2017
    80
    Pacific Daydream can be read as a bitter reaction to the Trump era and geo-political chaos, or maybe it's just a set of (mostly) great tunes that provide light relief from it all. [Nov 2017, p.114]
  3. 80
    Pacific Daydream is all carefree, expertly crafted pop, free of irony and all the better for it. Lock the doors, crack open a cold one, and enjoy an endless summer with Weezer.
  4. Kerrang!
    Oct 24, 2017
    60
    This is Weezer experimenting a little, while still remaining recognisably them. For those down for this sort of thing, stick on your dancing shoes and go with Pacific Daydream's flow. [21 Oct 2017, p.50]
  5. Oct 30, 2017
    60
    The quality control flags badly later on; the wearyingly anodyne La Mancha Screwjob and Get Right, in particular, are buffed to the brink of featurelessness.
  6. 58
    At the end of it, this record is a mixed bag. Fans of Weezer’s poppier side will find plenty to like. Whereas fans of Weezer’s more well regarded records will wish they chose another producer.
  7. Oct 24, 2017
    30
    Weezer have had their share of ups and downs over the years, but Pacific Daydream finds them at their most clunky yet.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 55
  2. Negative: 16 out of 55
  1. Oct 27, 2017
    10
    Honestly if you like pop and rock, this is your album. Deep songs have been written by Cuomo and Co. Any Friend's of Diane's, QB Blitz, andHonestly if you like pop and rock, this is your album. Deep songs have been written by Cuomo and Co. Any Friend's of Diane's, QB Blitz, and Sweet Mary are all good examples of this darker themes. I love each song from Side B with the weird yet catchy riffs and unforgettable songs.

    Best:
    Weekend Woman
    Any Friend of Diane's
    Sweet Mary
    QB Blitz

    Good:
    La Mancha Screwjob
    Mexican Fender
    Get Right
    Happy Hour
    Feels Like Summer

    Meh:
    Beach Boys
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  2. Oct 28, 2017
    9
    Ok maybe I need to get this a few more listens. But at first glance some songs are ok, while the majority just instantly caught me. GorgeousOk maybe I need to get this a few more listens. But at first glance some songs are ok, while the majority just instantly caught me. Gorgeous sound and melody! Yet again, this might be a sign that the songs might be somewhat simple. Don´t know. Just can say that for the moment it is a very very enjoyable album for me. Expand
  3. Jun 22, 2020
    8
    A great pop-rock album. That's all it is. Many are disappointed that there isn't "le crunchy guitar tone" but tbh? who. cares. Rivers hasA great pop-rock album. That's all it is. Many are disappointed that there isn't "le crunchy guitar tone" but tbh? who. cares. Rivers has eclectic musical tastes. Maybe it's time more weezer fans do too. Expand
  4. Oct 27, 2017
    6
    I get why many Weezer fans will not like, or even downright hate, this album. As it seems like the band is finally getting out of their 2000sI get why many Weezer fans will not like, or even downright hate, this album. As it seems like the band is finally getting out of their 2000s funk and return with two solid comeback albums, EWBAITE and the White Album, only to have them ditch the 90s sound and go back to trying to make a pop album. But keep in mind, Weezer are at this point in time that they can release whatever they want. Not only have they proven that with a radically different (and very inconsistent) discography. And since we are now in a digital age where people listen to practically everything and Weezer have secured a legacy for themselves, yeah I don't really blame them for making another "pop" album. I mean it's not really the direction I wanted from the band, but at the same time this is nowhere as awful as Make Believe or Raditude! And at least they aren't trying to awkwardly mix trap beats into their sound (coughTaylorSwiftcough). This is a pop album, but not in what pop sounds like. It's another California album that is deeply indeded in Beach Boys worship. Which is not a bad sound to copy at all. There's an eclectic sense of instrumentation and composition here that does, to a degree, work with the slick production here. However, there isn't anything as exciting or powerful here, which sucks coming from a POWER POP band. It all just feels weak and limp and held back from being memorable or bombastic, which is certainly what I want from a Weezer album! However there are times this more relaxed sound does work. Happy Hour and Weekend Woman do work because they have some pretty catchy hooks and River's vocals, which definitely have aged and at times do not sound good (looking at you QB Blitz), are pretty decent. But other times, like lead off single Feels Like Summer, where the pop sound just falls flat on it's face. I didn't hate this album, but I didn't really feel anything from it either. I'll give it more credit than most fans because I kind of get where the band was coming from and there are plenty of great ideas and even tunes here. It's just an underwhelming album really. I doubt this is the direction Weezer will take with this album and will probably go back to their trademark 90s alt-rock meets power pop sound, and it does not have ANY low points from clunkers like Raditude (I.E. the **** Lil Wayne song!), but this does not come close to their best, unfortunately. Expand
  5. Oct 28, 2017
    5
    This is a nothing album to me. Wether good or bad, Weezer has always been able to invoke strong emotions, wether it's River's pain in say itThis is a nothing album to me. Wether good or bad, Weezer has always been able to invoke strong emotions, wether it's River's pain in say it ain't so, or the beach vibes on all of the white album. But this? I feel nothing when I hear this. Even in the songs I like, I like them as poppy fluff. Songs I can put on when I don't want to be challenged in any way, just background noise. Negative reviews are usually for warning consumers about media they should avoid. I'm not saying you should avoid this, because I don't care if you listen this. You won't be harmed in any way. You won't lose anything. You won't gain anything either. It's the definition of meh. Expand
  6. Oct 27, 2017
    3
    Weezer are in this weird sate where everyone knows they can make a good album, but they only choose to do it half the time. Therefore it onlyWeezer are in this weird sate where everyone knows they can make a good album, but they only choose to do it half the time. Therefore it only makes sense that after the White Album they make this.

    This album is the dreaded fun pop weezer except it's not fun and what regular pop fan even knows the name Weezer? It's an album full of mediocre pop dozers with about 3 memorable songs.

    Weekend Woman, Sweet Mary and QB Blitz are the only songs I would maybe consider listening to outside this album, though I doubt I'll come back to this album much. I don't know if I want to give this a 5 or a 0 so I'll just leave it at a 3

    I also have to admit Feels Like Summer ain't too bad.

    Good songs: I guess Weekend Woman and QB Blitz

    Bad songs: Mexican Fender, Beach Boys, Happy Hour, La Mancha Screwjob, Any Friend of Diane's
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  7. Oct 27, 2017
    0
    Raditude is better than Pacific Daydream and Raditude is a horrible album. Congrats Weezer for somehow making your worst album after releasingRaditude is better than Pacific Daydream and Raditude is a horrible album. Congrats Weezer for somehow making your worst album after releasing two of your best. Expand

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