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  • Summary: The 15th full-length studio release for the alternative rock band finally arrives after being delayed by nearly a year.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. May 7, 2021
    90
    Any of its retro origins are washed away by big, dumb sounds that keep the record grounded in the eternal now, an aesthetic choice that also helps the album be a rousing good time.
  2. May 6, 2021
    80
    For the first time in too long, it is a Weezer record that rocks exactly how a Weezer record should.
  3. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 22, 2021
    70
    Van Weezer is a Lightweight guilty pleasure, but mostly delicious pleasure. [Summer 2021, p.80]
  4. At its best (the crunching ‘Hero’ boasts one of Weezer’s greatest ever choruses), ‘Van Weezer’ marries soft metal and melodic geek culture to stupendous, festival-slaying effect. At its most frustrating (‘All The Good Ones’), it makes otherwise marvellous Cuomo songs sound like boy band rock pastiche. And at its absolute worst (‘1 More Hit’, ‘Blue Dream’ – most of the album’s second half, basically) the tokenistic thunder-chord segments, motorbike noises and Iron Maiden riffs distract from great songs.
  5. May 7, 2021
    58
    Although Weezer’s shared love of (and debt) to the Sabbaths and Van Halens of the world is undeniable, their homages to those bands feel as scattershot as they are heartfelt.
  6. May 17, 2021
    50
    Van Weezer is in part saved to some degree by virtue of the fact Cuomo does still have a fine ear for a melody and an ability to craft whopping great choruses. The problem is he’s been ploughing the same musical furrow with increasingly diminishing returns for the best part of the last decade.
  7. May 7, 2021
    34
    Van Weezer is the definition of a modern Weezer album: if you go in expecting it to be as dumb and forgettable as other recent Weezer albums, you’re going to get exactly that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. May 7, 2021
    10
    Wow just wow... that album is amazing, a lot of catchy and all are my favorite track. Van Weezer is just epic
  2. May 8, 2021
    10
    This album exceeds my expectations. I know a lot of people say ok human is better but as much as I love ok human, I found myself enjoying vanThis album exceeds my expectations. I know a lot of people say ok human is better but as much as I love ok human, I found myself enjoying van weezer a lot more. The instrumental on this album is so good Expand
  3. May 22, 2021
    10
    Truly a great album, don't understand any rating under 8. One of the best albums in years by ANYONE! Amazing songs and lyrics.
  4. May 7, 2021
    8
    Worst than OK Human, but still good. Fun to listen to, as a Weezer album should be. Weezer is back!
  5. May 12, 2021
    8
    A genuinely fun album with incredibly high highs (Hero, End of the Game, Beginning of the End, Need Some of That, etc). Unfortunately, many ofA genuinely fun album with incredibly high highs (Hero, End of the Game, Beginning of the End, Need Some of That, etc). Unfortunately, many of the best tracks had already been released as singles a long time ago. Because some of the new content isn't great (especially 1 more hit) the album as a whole doesn't totally land. But there is plenty to like here and any fan of Weezer's Maladroit should find something to love. Expand
  6. May 10, 2021
    7
    An enjoyable-enough romp through the hair-metal years’ of the 1980’s. Cuomo and co have created a concise and fun record, filled withAn enjoyable-enough romp through the hair-metal years’ of the 1980’s. Cuomo and co have created a concise and fun record, filled with riff-laden hooks and chugging guitar. It all sparkles for the most part. Lyrically, it’s often half-hearted gibberish, but for a pastiche-effort, they’ve mustered what is required. Just don’t take it too seriously. Expand
  7. May 9, 2021
    0
    Worst album I've heard in years. When you have to do a complete copy of several songs than you are out of creativity and need to retire. "BlueWorst album I've heard in years. When you have to do a complete copy of several songs than you are out of creativity and need to retire. "Blue Dream" is the biggest embarrassment in the music industry ever with "All Summer Long" by Kid Rock being a close second. Expand

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