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  • Summary: The sixth studio album for the Los Angeles band was produced by Rick Rubin and Jacknife Lee.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. A cheerfully restless record, one where all the parts don't fit and it's better because of it, as it has a wild, willing personality, suggesting that Weezer is comfortable as a band in a way they never quite have been before.
  2. Q Magazine
    80
    Everything is supercharged and melodic, like a poppy version of Nirvana. [July 2008, p.111]
  3. There are a few clunkers, and the three songs sung by other band members don't add much, but the so-called "Red Album" is better for its unevenness.
  4. All in all, this is pretty good album and it is by no means horrible.
  5. Aside from a few missteps like 'Everybody Get Dangerous,' there really isn’t anything to get all pissy about here because it’s an older Weezer willing to take a few chances and still doing what they want to do.
  6. Like the YouTube culture the "Pork and Beans" video depicts so well, the song--and this album--relies on a high quantity of short-lived pretty good ideas to distract from a shortage of great ones.
  7. Weezer seems to have driven their old shtick into the ground so perfectly, it almost seems like they've purposely become tired and boring.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 91
  2. Negative: 21 out of 91
  1. BlakeW
    Oct 5, 2008
    10
    First off , buy the deluxe album . If you don't you're an Idiot. Secondly , these guys are progressing on every album (minus make First off , buy the deluxe album . If you don't you're an Idiot. Secondly , these guys are progressing on every album (minus make believe). Tehy will never sound like the blue album or pinkerton ever again so the cool thing for peopel to do is bash them. but let's cut the crap, Pork and Beans was a #1 song for a while , this album is great and brings Weezer back on track from the last album that was MEH. This band is growing and people don't wanna let it grow , it's a shame. This Album kicks ass as well as the band itself. Expand
  2. J
    Jun 7, 2008
    10
    Best satire on the industry in years. They took the best formulas out there and reinvented them Weezer style.... great stuff.
  3. DanP.
    Jun 8, 2008
    9
    Amazing and honest album. The follow-up we needed after the subpar Make Believe. This album will generate many singles over the summer that Amazing and honest album. The follow-up we needed after the subpar Make Believe. This album will generate many singles over the summer that will power our radios! Expand
  4. AdamP.
    Jun 4, 2008
    8
    I find the critic reviews hilarious in their range. It's almost as if they haven't paid attention to Weezer's discography I find the critic reviews hilarious in their range. It's almost as if they haven't paid attention to Weezer's discography other than just the Blue Album. You may not find too many top 40/video songs here, but the song writing and arrangement are extremely entertaining. Songs twist and turn direction, seldom staying on pace for more than a few minutes at a time. My only beef is the second track, it seriously disrupts the tempo and would probably fit better latter in the disc with the B sides. Check it out, and force yourself not to skip any songs, they will string you a long just for a later payoff. Expand
  5. May 12, 2021
    6
    Weezer (Red Album) by Weezer: 5.63

    Troublemaker: 0.5 The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations On A Shaker Hymn): 1 Pork And Beans:
    Weezer (Red Album) by Weezer: 5.63

    Troublemaker: 0.5
    The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations On A Shaker Hymn): 1
    Pork And Beans: 1 :)
    Heart Songs: 0.75
    Everybody Get Dangerous: 0.75
    Dreamin’: 0.5
    Thought I Knew: 1
    Cold Dark World: 0.75
    Automatic: 0.75
    The Angel And The One: 0.75
    Miss Sweeney: 1
    Pig: 0.75
    The Spider: 0.25
    King: 0.75

    10.5/14 = .750 -> 5.63

    Weezer’s Red Album is so far the most wacky of their albums, and that isn’t necessarily a good thing. While I found that there are several problems with Weezer’s Red Album, perhaps the most critical issue of it was its lyrics. Even for Weezer, which always comes with sometimes corny lyrics, the words to many of the songs on here were just too weird. As for the music, while a few songs certainly did not disappoint with the “classic Weezer” sound, it got on my nerves that there were so many acoustic songs right in a row at the end. I guess I shouldn’t look too much into that specifically since those songs make up the deluxe version. That being said, Weezer really did like to use the acoustic guitar as a starting instrument, which got repetitive over time. The synths also could feel a little intrusive at times.

    Thanks to the character limit, I am unable to provide my song-by-song commentary, which would perhaps give people who don't agree with my rating more understanding as to why I gave this album what I gave it.

    In general, I had a rather mixed experience with this Weezer album. It just felt repetitive and low effort. While there were some good things about it, I found myself frowning at the music more often than I would have liked. The synths were hit-or-miss and the lyrics could also be rather disappointing. There are only a couple songs from this album I would listen to again, and compared to the Green Album I had a not-so-great experience. I will listen to the next Weezer album because I really hope that I will get another good one. That being said, I didn’t completely hate the Red Album, it was just not nearly as good as I would have hoped. In the excitement that the release of Van Weezer made, I was really looking forward to listening to more Weezer, though after this I should probably lower my expectations. Weezer fans may like this but it’s hard imagining that any non-fans will be won over to the band by this album alone. Highlights: The Greatest Man That Ever Lived, Pork And Beans, Thought I Knew, and Miss Sweeney.
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  6. Jan 30, 2015
    4
    This album flows in the vein of Make Believe with its hastily written lyrics that stretch to unbearable lengths to rhyme. For every decentThis album flows in the vein of Make Believe with its hastily written lyrics that stretch to unbearable lengths to rhyme. For every decent track, there's a mediocre one. The instrumentals aren't bad, but they aren't anything spectacular. Overall, it's a step up from Make Believe, but two steps down from Weezer's next best album, 2001's Weezer. Expand
  7. TomK
    Jun 5, 2008
    0
    Biggest let down since Make Believe.

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