Weezer
Maladroit


3.5
great

Review

by MrZuckerberg USER (2 Reviews)
December 2nd, 2010 | 12 replies | 4,359 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Better than Green? Sure. Underrated? Absolutely.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

What was next? That was the question posed by Weezer fans shortly after the release of Pinkerton. After a hiatus of five years, Weezer (The Green Album) was released to lukewarm reviews. Critics were split in two; one side said to turn your brain off and enjoy the album for what it was, while the other side argued that after two certified masterpieces (The Blue Album, Pinkerton), there was no excuse for mediocrity. This kind of reception left us all to wonder: which side would their next album shift to? The mediocre, so-so sound of Green? Maybe the perfection of their first two albums? What was next?

The answer is, quite frankly, ALMOST both. Sure, the simplistic power-pop present on Green is also present here, but at times you can ALMOST hear the essence of their first two albums sprinkled on a few of these songs. Almost...

The album opens with "American Gigolo" with no Richard Gere backing vocals to speak of, but that was just an initial dissapointment. As the drums start pounding and as the guitar comes crunching in, one would expect a killer of a song...until Rivers starts speak-singing his way through the verses. The song picks up a bit in the chorus and leads into a relatively awesome guitar solo (if compared, of course, to the solos in Green, which were non-existent). "Dope Nose", with it's nonsensical lyrics and catchy guitar riff, is one of the best songs on the album. "Death and Destruction" is absolutely one of Weezer's most underrated songs; a beauty. "Burndt Jamb" brings us back to that tropical-ish sound we first visited in "Island in the Sun", and "Fall Together" is a stylistic reprise of "American Gigolo" as well as an overall solid song.

When the album gets bad, though, its BAD. It's lowest point is "Space Rock"; off key vocals and an overload of distortion does not a good song make. "Possibilities" just alright, and the other songs are hit or miss.

To sum up this album is to say that its an overall better product than Weezer (Green Album), but just barely. Half a step above it's predecessor...a .5 if you will.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
MrZuckerberg
December 2nd 2010



21 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

One thing I failed to mention was the B-side available on some editions of the album, "Living Without You". Very catchy song and worth looking for!

MrZuckerberg
December 2nd 2010



21 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, Weezer IS my favorite band :P

And there is no way in HELL I'm giving those albums such high ratings...this website doesn't offer them yet ;]

bloc
December 2nd 2010



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Equal to the Green for me, quite a few enjoyable songs.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

xfearbefore
December 2nd 2010



1245 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice succinct review, but it could use some work.

I've always loved this album, thought it was criminally underrated. It's Weezer fully embracing their 70s metal influences and turning the amps way up, obviously nowhere near the level of Blue or Pinkerton, but still really enjoyable.

Album brings back lots of good memories.

Digging: Tiger Army - Tiger Army

tiesthatbind
December 2nd 2010



7371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dope Nose rules.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

MrZuckerberg
December 3rd 2010



21 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Only way to get better at writing reviews is to keep writing em! Thanks for the comments, dudes...

TheOceanInside
December 3rd 2010



439 Comments


anything past green album = utter shit

hellblau
December 3rd 2010



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

nah, anything past maladroit. this was their last truly good album.

TheOceanInside
December 3rd 2010



439 Comments


could be true to be honest... i didnt even know this existed.

god i hate the red album, ratitude, and hurly. such a gigantic shit.



MrZuckerberg
December 4th 2010



21 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hellblau, completely agree. And OceanInside, I suggest you listen to this...then you'll agree anything past THIS album is shit :P

TheOceanInside
December 4th 2010



439 Comments


lol

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
February 25th 2014



11956 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

4.5

Digging: Various Artists - In Utero, In Tribute



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