Weezer
Hurley


3.5
great

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
September 7th, 2010 | 288 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: They're still kicking ass. They're train wrecks.

Well shit, just when it seemed like the final nail in Weezer's career was about to be hammered into the the glossy, fat dude from Lost laden cover of their new album Hurley, it appears that the band, who spent the last decade releasing exceedingly worse and worse records under the guise of self-parody and irony, have remembered that having a quality album is more than suckering in people with massive singles like “Pork and Beans” and “ (If You're Wondering If I Want To) I Want To”. Make Believe, The Red Album, and Raditude made it seem like the mid-nineties glory days of Weezer were a thing of the past. Rivers Cuomo had eschewed everything that made millions of kids fall in love him in the first place for one dimensional, piss poor party anthems and awkward hymns of teenage baggage – really the last thing that was expected from the socially awkward, middle aged Harvard alumnus.

Hurley proves that Rivers still has some gas left in the tank. At the same time it was announced that Weezer were jumping ship from the major label home that they had been residing at since their explosion on to the alternative rock landscape with the Blue Album in favor of the punk mega-indie label Epitaph records, Rivers also let it be known that his creative impetus for Hurley was 1960's pop music. Trading in hitting the clubs with Jermaine Dupri for holing himself up with Beach Boys and Love vinyls has rendered the best in Weezer's output since Rivers decided to open up to his love of Asian girls. The influence isn't always apparent, as Weezer still hold fast to their trademark crunchy guitars and songs like “Ruling Me” and “Brave New World” come off as the classic Weezer sound of the 90's being reworked into the semi-electronic modern pop side that has dominated the latter half of their career, but with the lo-fi analog hum of the folky “Time Flies” and the gentle flute flourishes that elevate the emotionally bare “Unspoken” from acoustic rocker, to one of the band's all time best songs it is impossible to overlook. Unfortunately some of the eccentric, tongue and cheek bullshit that bogged down every Weezer CD starting with Make Believe still rears its ugly head now and again with the cringe inducing cacophony of “Where's My Sex” and the bland repetition of “Smart Girls”, making Hurley not quite a total return to form, but a solid step back in the right direction.

With Weezer's career in the oughts having been one of the longest running jokes in the music industry, it's Weezer that end up getting the last laugh with Hurley. While Hurley can in no way compare to The Blue Album and Pinkerton, it sits proudly atop the list of everything Weezer have done since. Sure that may not be saying much, but damn, it's a pleasant surprise.



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    DrEpic4181 (3.5)
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    Ciaran McManus (1)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2010


16922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i just can't get into this band any more, but based on the positive attention it is recieving i'm sure it is better than what i think of it

Digging: Low Roar - 0

demigod!
September 7th 2010


45266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

WOO!

Can't wait to own this on hard copy.

Best since Pinkerton, without a doubt.

Digging: Black Sabbath - Master of Reality

AnotherBrick
September 7th 2010


9772 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

best album by them

NeutralThunder12
September 7th 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

their first two albums are fucking amazing

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2010


16922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

best album by them

album rating: 2

lol

Slum
September 7th 2010


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Great review, Adam, though I still can't see how this can be above 2.5

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2010


17231 Comments


i've learned never to have expectations when it comes to weezer.

Ire
September 7th 2010


41828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2010


28822 Comments


sputnik should totally have the new weezer + linkin park albums under "Best New Music"!!!

Digging: Charli XCX - Sucker

pizzamachine
September 7th 2010


12572 Comments


Aaaagh Hurley's everywhere

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
September 7th 2010


7427 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review, pretty much sums up how I feel, though I kinda liked Where's My Sex? for some reason.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
September 7th 2010


24098 Comments


"sputnik should totally have the new weezer + linkin park albums under "Best New Music"!!!"

Haha yes that would be awesome! 3.5s have made it there before.

Digging: Mitski - bury me at makeout creek

Ire
September 7th 2010


41828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

*A-Thom

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2010


31628 Comments


Album is still bad

Digging: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence

ThePalestMexican
September 7th 2010


2816 Comments


Album cover is the greatest thing in music history

McP3000
September 7th 2010


3941 Comments


its a retarded album cover

EVedder27
September 7th 2010


6088 Comments


awesome review, so pleasantly surprised with this

tripleb2k
September 7th 2010


217 Comments


album cover makes me laugh.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2010


15743 Comments


cockshit

Ire
September 7th 2010


41828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Downer



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