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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: 53 out of 87
  2. Negative: 21 out of 87
  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. jro
    Jun 5, 2008
    10
    I love this cd. Weezer has been a favorite of mine for a long time, but they almost lost me with efforts like "maladroit." But every "color" I love this cd. Weezer has been a favorite of mine for a long time, but they almost lost me with efforts like "maladroit." But every "color" album has been great, with the "red" album finishing a close 2nd to the incredible debut "blue." So come on folks, "everybody get dangerous." Expand
  3. R.H.
    Jun 7, 2008
    9
    It's truly remarkable how critics will bash a band for being too predictable, only to complain when their next album is wildly It's truly remarkable how critics will bash a band for being too predictable, only to complain when their next album is wildly different. The criticism for "Make Believe" was mostly deserved, but critics are way off-base for this one. This album is without a doubt the band's best since Pinkerton and needs time to grow. The songwriting is daring and succeeds on most fronts. Cuomo could have easily churned out another Green Album or Make Believe, but takes the band in a bold new direction. The deluxe edition is certainly recommended since it contains 3 of the best tracks that Cuomo has ever written. Erase all expectations for what a Weezer album should sound like and give it a fresh listen. It's a grower. This album will be hailed as one of their best many years from now. Expand
  4. fILAZAFERx
    Jun 11, 2008
    7
    I think people are being way to hard on this cd, especially on the other band mates who contributed songs. I thought their songs were pretty I think people are being way to hard on this cd, especially on the other band mates who contributed songs. I thought their songs were pretty good. The last song on the deluxe cd is actually my favorite song on the cd and it's sung by another member. No, this is not the masterpiece all Weezer fans wanted, but it is the best cd they have done since Pinkerton. For the masterpiece we will keep waiting, but I recommend this cd to any Weezer fan. Expand
  5. Jan 5, 2016
    6
    An OK record, slightly better than Make Believe.
    Includes great songs like Pork and Beans, Pig, the catchy troublemaker, and a few more, but,
    An OK record, slightly better than Make Believe.
    Includes great songs like Pork and Beans, Pig, the catchy troublemaker, and a few more, but, in general, you feel like Weezer can give you so much more than this
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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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