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  • Summary: The 13th full-length studio release (and sixth self-titled) for the Los Angeles alternative rock band was produced by Dave Sitek.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. Mar 4, 2019
    84
    Black is fully replete with every sound Weezer could think to chuck on it, from "Too Many Thoughts in My Head"'s crazy funk guitar to Pat's double-tracked kits and looping beats to the labyrinthine, breathtaking basslines.
  2. Q Magazine
    Feb 27, 2019
    80
    While lately the LA quartet's output has largely been preoccupied with reclaiming their crunchy alt-rock sound, The Black Album often exorcises it with synth and piano. It works superbly. [Apr 2019, p.118]
  3. Mar 1, 2019
    67
    The cynical read of this would be that Cuomo is both hugely calculating and deeply inept at performing those calculations, but the experiments and strange asides on The Black Album don’t come across as trend-chasing so much as genuinely eclectic. ... Maybe it’s more important that Weezer’s idiosyncrasies feel honest again.
  4. 50
    This is the most disjointed record in Weezer’s discography. Its probably not the worst but its right there with Raditude and Make Believe.
  5. Mar 19, 2019
    50
    He implicitly tells you to “die, die” on the Slightly Stoopid-resembling Zombie Bastards, after all, a joyful retort to the haters who won’t shut up about how Weezer has become a meme in musical form. But Cuomo, ever the mercurial songwriter, later goes off over the pleasures of parasailing on the escapist, Paul McCartney-recalling High as a Kite. And that’s when Weezer (Black Album) peaks.
  6. Kerrang!
    Feb 27, 2019
    40
    On tracks like Can't Knock The Hustle, Piece Of Cake and High As A Kite, the smartness and deceptive simplicity is lost under a wash of electronic beats and un-catchy melodies. ... They sound boring. [23 Feb 2019, p.54]
  7. Mar 5, 2019
    10
    Black Album lurches forward bloodlessly, with no clear direction but the sensation of the moment, which is always expiring. There's no getting this zombie back on track.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 31
  2. Negative: 8 out of 31
  1. Mar 1, 2019
    10
    I love Weezer ,,,, Red, White and Blue ---- Black, Teal or whatever color they drop........ They're just Amazing !!!!!!!!!
  2. Mar 4, 2019
    9
    As a fan of Weezer going back far too many years to count I actually went into listening to the Black Album with trepidation but came away soAs a fan of Weezer going back far too many years to count I actually went into listening to the Black Album with trepidation but came away so impressed. The sound may be slightly different from past records, but the quality of their songwriting prowess shines through. Especially loving Zombie Bastards and Piece of Cake. Surprised by the low reviews! Expand
  3. Mar 1, 2019
    8
    I’m actually very surprised. The weak reviews this album was getting lowered my expectations a lot but I was really pleasantly surprised. NotI’m actually very surprised. The weak reviews this album was getting lowered my expectations a lot but I was really pleasantly surprised. Not all the songs on here are winners but I think this might actually be Weezer’s best album since Pinkerton. Expand
  4. Aug 29, 2019
    5
    Weezer's latest release is another average pop-rock album that doesn't do too much special but certainly isn't as much as a blemish as otherWeezer's latest release is another average pop-rock album that doesn't do too much special but certainly isn't as much as a blemish as other albums in their catalogue.
    Rivers sounds alright, and while a slight step-up from the Teal album with performances like "High as a Kite" being quite great, but he also has incredibly bad moments, and by the end of the album he's rapping his verses (kill me) with one of the worst Weezer songs of the decade, and questionable closing track, "California Snow".
    I didn't expect anything all too interesting musically, and, unfortunately, I was right. While "The Prince Who Wanted Everything" has an alright riff, and there isn't anything that's atrociously bad.
    And then there's the lyrics. Holy moly, there is some terrible writing on this album. Even on songs that I surprisingly enjoyed, the lyrics were always iffy. There are a sure lot of 'Do-Do' hooks, which don't help. But, it was great hearing Cuomo calling people ****
    Overall, this was an average album. There were some good songs, there were some bad songs, but most just fell short at mediocre. It didn't bore me to death like 'Pacific Daydream', which I can commend.
    Favourites: High as a Kite, Too Many Thoughts in My Head
    Least Favourites: California Snow, Living in L.A., I’m Just Being Honest
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  5. Mar 4, 2019
    5
    Weezer's "The Last Jedi":

    Witnessing the band defiantly ditching their crusty conservative fanbase once and for all with a capital "P" Pop
    Weezer's "The Last Jedi":

    Witnessing the band defiantly ditching their crusty conservative fanbase once and for all with a capital "P" Pop album on the level of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, or Lady Gaga is at least hilariously entertaining.

    No, it's not always a fitting choice given the material. For example, a little grime and fuzz would have elevated the halfway-there Visconti/Bolan inspired "The Prince Who Wanted Everything" from neat trick to revelation.

    Nevertheless, while the commercial gloss is still too strong even on the following odder tracks, "Can't Knock The Hustle", "Zombie Bastards", "Too Many Thoughts In My Head," and the gloriously anachronistic, feminine Bossa Nova bopper "Byzantine" at least start courting legit hipster weirdos again, people who felt abandoned by the band long ago.

    It's a bit didactic, as it feels like Weezer has taken it upon themselves to educate mongoloids, and if that's a little mean, well, so is this record. By competing in today's anti-intellectual and clinically bland Top 40, Weezer is clearly frustrated with what people want from them and hoping a little music appreciation goes a long way.

    Fly, freak flags, fly.
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  6. Mar 6, 2019
    4
    Pretty bad, mediocre and forgettable music. Weezer trying too hard to sound cool in many ways and failing at each one, save when the try to bePretty bad, mediocre and forgettable music. Weezer trying too hard to sound cool in many ways and failing at each one, save when the try to be themselves: High as a kite. An album with only one highlight us not enough for Rivers' standards. Remember, this same band released the great White Album just a couple of years ago...
    This is, basically, Pacific Daydream II.
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  7. Mar 3, 2019
    0
    O Weezer vem em uma queda livre absurda em termos de criatividade, soando cópia de bandas de pop/rock atuais da pior espécie. Black Album éO Weezer vem em uma queda livre absurda em termos de criatividade, soando cópia de bandas de pop/rock atuais da pior espécie. Black Album é uma cereja azeda em cima de um bolo com bolor. Expand

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