Weezer
Hurley


2.5
average

Review

by Nevin USER (56 Reviews)
September 7th, 2010 | 85 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Weezer makes it obvious once again that trying anything new is not what they have in mind.

If there was any adjective to describe the last five years of Weezer's career, "serious" most certainly would not be it. Since the release of their 2005 LP, Make Believe, lead man Rivers Cuomo took his writing into a strikingly strange and completely out of left-field tangent. The spectrum of his music went from a witty, easy-going rock to a progressively immature and campy (or "self-parody" as some wish to see it) mess. After releasing two lackluster-at-best records, all within or just over a year of each other, the fan base had stopped scratching their head, and began turning their backs. And following the nearly unbearable mid-life-crisis that was 2009's Raditude, it was hard to imagine that there was any life left in Weezer. However they return once again, unsurprisingly within just a year of their previous record, sporting only a slightly more bearable approach to how they make music.

To showcase the positive aspects of Hurley would be to highlight everything that Weezer has done well before. There are the catchy melodies on tracks like Memories and Brave New World, and the somber moods of numbers like Unspoken. However, it's those familiar styles that also severely hinder this record. Saying that Weezer are simply going back to their roots here is an understatement, a majority of this record begins to feel utterly recycled from the moment it begins -- And therein lies its killer. The guitar pattern on Ruling Me could easily be swapped for every generic lick on radio rock hits, and with lyrics to only accentuate that statement. The bland and sometimes embarrassingly bad lyrics on Smart Girls and Trainwrecks continue to portray everything that has gone with Weezer since 2005. If a line such as, "I wanna be a bad boy right now" being sung by a forty year old man isn't enough to warrant a laugh, then I don't know what is.

While Hurley doesn't quite reach the lows that Weezer's previous outing achieved, it's still a prime example of what not to do when you're attempting a comeback. However for the fans who thought that the spark in Rivers Cuomo died with 2005's Make Believe, there may be a slight glimmer yet. There are definite signs of potential within the small successful moments of this record; however they are unfortunately overshadowed by the utterly dry musicianship and lyricism in all that remains. If there are any final words to say about Hurley, it's that the cover almost makes up for every misdeed throughout it. Almost.



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other reviews of this album
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  • yidnarc (2.5)
    This definitely isn't the worst album I've ever heard but it's really only okay; not as go...

    fsharp (3)
    Hurley isn't a true return to form, but it's a return to something....

    DrEpic4181 (3.5)
    An album that pits old weezer with new weezer, and old weezer wins....

    Ciaran McManus (1)
    Weezer's apparent 'return-to-form' is nothing but hype...

  • Adam Thomas STAFF (3.5)
    They're still kicking ass. They're train wrecks....

    nebuzad0 (4)
    Hurley has caused a rip in our universe as the destined probability that this album would ...

    CasualListen (3.5)
    The only thing you really need to know about this band is that there is really, really goo...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Slum
September 7th 2010


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Yep. So I wrote this for my school newspaper so excuse my needless history in the first paragraph. All critique is welcome so have at it.

NeutralThunder12
September 7th 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

great review, listening to Blue again for the first time in years. What a masterpiece. Ill check this out if I get back into them

Slum
September 7th 2010


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Thanks, Neutral. I would recommend skipping it

Lambda
September 7th 2010


2428 Comments


Ah too many Jorge Garcias on the front page

bailar12
September 7th 2010


1766 Comments


bailamos slum

Slum
September 7th 2010


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

You want to dance..? If google tells me right, then god yes Enrique

bailar12
September 7th 2010


1766 Comments


didnt read the review or even listen to the entire album but im gonna pos and agree anyways

Slum
September 7th 2010


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

What a swell guy

Lakes.
September 7th 2010


27956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sorry, but "Unspoken" and "Time Flies" sound like nothing they have ever done. This is hardly a retread.

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

bailar12
September 7th 2010


1766 Comments


if this isnt any better than the red album theres no point anyways

ill just download like 2 songs off it and then cry while i fap to pinkerton

Lakes.
September 7th 2010


27956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is better than red album silly

bailar12
September 7th 2010


1766 Comments


DONT YOU LIE TO ME

Lakes.
September 7th 2010


27956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i'm not, look at the average rating, look at my rating, look at a-thom's review. this is fosrs

Slum
September 7th 2010


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

395 votes for Red
68 for this
Oh.

bailar12
September 7th 2010


1766 Comments


pretty sure enrique iglesias' last album has higher rating than both of these tbh

Slum
September 7th 2010


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

All classics imo

Lakes.
September 7th 2010


27956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Euphoria has a 3.2, this has a 3.4

bailar12
September 7th 2010


1766 Comments


but it has liek 8 votes dude

thats the point

you have to judge by moar than just a few votes

Slum
September 7th 2010


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Sputnik ratings hardly indicate quality

ebay
September 8th 2010


501 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Totally agree with you. I like this more than the last three releases, but it still isn't much.



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