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  • Summary: The fourth self-titled release for the alternative rock band led by Rivers Cuomo was inspired by Southern California beach life and was produced by Jake Sinclair.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Apr 15, 2016
    90
    [Cuomo's] eccentricities slip out from the cracks in his carefully constructed songs. Sinclair wisely decides to accentuate all these quirks, whether they derive from Cuomo or the band's interplay, so The White Album crackles underneath its tight presentation.
  2. 85
    The White Album is, hands down, the best Weezer album since... well, since it became so hard to agree on what the last great Weezer album was.
  3. It’s a fan-pleasing record that’s actually more Beach Boys than peak Beatles.
  4. Mar 30, 2016
    70
    For the most part, these ten tracks are a welcome throwback to the summery fun of The Blue Album and The Green Album.
  5. Apr 18, 2016
    70
    While the band may never again reach the heights of their two ‘90s albums, The White Album is just as listenable as those second era albums.
  6. Mar 30, 2016
    62
    We listen to Weezer in 2016 largely for nostalgic dog whistles. We listen because Blue retreads like "Endless Summer" and "Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori" offer Proustian pleasures in spite of their obviously-recycled frameworks, and because the simpering, sweet "L.A. Girlz" is the group's best single since "Island in the Sun."
  7. Magnet
    Apr 15, 2016
    10
    Weezer, the 10th album by Weezer, is about as good (or bad, your call) as Weezer, several measures worse than Weezer, and a once-you-hear-it, you'll-never-unhear-it skid mark on the shorts of Weezer. [No. 130, p.51]

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  1. Positive: 50 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. May 10, 2021
    10
    Without question, this is one of Weezer's best albums ever made. It mixes the best of all their sounds from the past two decades and creates aWithout question, this is one of Weezer's best albums ever made. It mixes the best of all their sounds from the past two decades and creates a unique and cohesive whole that is 100% them. Even the bonus tracks are gems. This is essential listening for not just Weezer fans, but anyone who likes alternative rock. Expand
  2. p2c
    Apr 5, 2016
    10
    Solid Weezer record. it flows effortlessly from song to song. In various parts, reminiscent of their first four albums. Lyrics areSolid Weezer record. it flows effortlessly from song to song. In various parts, reminiscent of their first four albums. Lyrics are thoughtfully crafted throughout. Lot's of sonic nuggets to be found. Very well produced and it really sounds great with airy vocals and crunchy guitars, but also rocking piano and guitar runs.

    The performance of bass and drums stand out in the best possible way throughout. Pat Wilson brings it all to the table and has you air drumming. As for bass, Scott Shriner's bass tones just rock. It is apparent on every track he put lots of work into this record.

    The two songs written by Rivers and Brian Bell stand out as excellent Weezer songs. I hope the next record keeps up this production style and in-band co-writing. Much of the Blue album was written by Rivers and Pat.

    My only complaint is that it is not longer. It is tight, but Endless Bummer could be another "Only in Dreams" style 6 or 7 minute masterpiece.
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  3. Apr 1, 2016
    10
    As a long-time fan I am undoubtedly biased, but this album - like 2014's Everything Will Be Alright In The End - is Weezer at their best. AAs a long-time fan I am undoubtedly biased, but this album - like 2014's Everything Will Be Alright In The End - is Weezer at their best. A fantastic mix of 90s-reminiscent tracks (e.g. Do You Wanna Get High, LA Girlz), upbeat pop-rock (e.g. Wind In Our Sail, King of the World) and interesting new directions (e.g. Thank God For Girls, Jacked Up). A perfect summer album. Expand
  4. Apr 9, 2016
    9
    Finally a Weezer album that sounds like Weezer. Glad to see they are satisfied with being themselves again after wandering in the musicalFinally a Weezer album that sounds like Weezer. Glad to see they are satisfied with being themselves again after wandering in the musical woods for a few albums. Expand
  5. Apr 8, 2016
    8
    I think I officially don't hate Weezer anymore! This record continues the trend that EWBAITE went with, which is going back to the basicsI think I officially don't hate Weezer anymore! This record continues the trend that EWBAITE went with, which is going back to the basics with the classic 90's Weezer sound. But here they do work with more keyboards and pianos, and they go with a bit of a Beach Boys 60's pop influence. It's not too overpowering, but it is enough to stay interesting and fresh when compared to other albums the band has put out in the 90's. Kind of like how EWBAITE ended with that long epic guitar finale! So it seems like Weezer have found a formula that keeps their classic sound while trying new things and experimenting a little bit here and there. But "Thank God for Girls" is just really stupid and annoying. But that is the only track I don't like. The rest of the album is very solid. "King of the World", "Do You Wanna Get High?", "California Kids", and "Endless Bummer" are my favorite tracks. So overall, I'd definitely suggest picking this up if you liked Weezer's last album and if you like their first two albums. This is probably my 4th favorite Weezer album! I'm not sure if this record will be one of my favorites of the year or not, it's too early to tell. But what I do know is that this is a good album! Expand
  6. Jun 21, 2017
    8
    It’s becoming entirely grating how every Weezer album since Pinkerton is hailed as their “comeback” album. At this point, what does that evenIt’s becoming entirely grating how every Weezer album since Pinkerton is hailed as their “comeback” album. At this point, what does that even mean? Around the time of The Green Album that meant a return to The Blue Album sound but at this point it just seems like a promise that Rivers won’t feature another rapper like Lil Wayne on a track or that he won't let any of the other band members on the mic (which is much appreciated). Everything Will Be Alright In the End made well on these promises and found the band playing towards their strengths- catchy choruses, soaring guitar solos- while steering clear of the I’m-fresh-off-my-meds creativity of songs like “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived."

    Weezer continues down this path with yet another self-titled release, better known as The White Album. The latest from the 90s alt-rock band is a beach album, of sorts. Rivers once again tackles feelings of being lost, rejected, being too weird for his own good, but also has moments of optimism with songs like “California Kids” and “King of the World.” These songs exude a thinking that as long as you have the sun in your face and the sand in your toes, everything will be alright. This optimism stands in stark contrast to the creeping guitars in “Do You Want To Get High” and the lyrical depression of “Endless Bummer,” songs that make this thinking seem painfully ironic.

    “(Girl We Got A) Good Thing” plays on both these feelings, as the song joyfully jingle-jangles along until everything suddenly bottoms out in the bridge with Rivers screaming, “You scare me like an open window”- the whole band shatters two times in response- BAM BAM!! It’s these intense moments, shared similarly in the verses of “L.A. Girls,” that cut to the core because it actually feels like something is at stake- it could be a loved one, or maybe your sense of normalcy. This threat looms over the album, giving the record a freaky quality over repeated listens.

    As for lyrics, you’re going to get your standard Weezer “woah-oh’s” and your fair share of awkwardly revealing moments- “I put my shirt over my head/I’m trying not look at her chest.” Weezer switches things up with “Thank God For Girls,” where he messes about with gender roles. The track doesn’t do anything groundbreaking, but the imagery of cannoli being shoved in a man’s mouth is hard to forget. “Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori” is the only snoozer this go around- a lyrically unfocused paint by numbers Weezer track.

    Weezer’s White Album is a beach album in the sense of getting stung by a jelly fish at the beach, or getting jumped by a gang of surfers. The album lures you in with promises of a feel good time but are left with your face in the sand by the end. This trickery is a real treat though, as the contrast of tones keeps things unpredictable.
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  7. Apr 7, 2016
    5
    As a fan it pains me to say it but this is sadly another patchy offering from Weezer . They've been 'treading water' now for a long time andAs a fan it pains me to say it but this is sadly another patchy offering from Weezer . They've been 'treading water' now for a long time and maybe it's time to call it a day. Expand

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