Weezer
Raditude


2.0
poor

Review

by Electric City EMERITUS
November 2nd, 2009 | 418 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Like you expected anything different

Do you hear that" If you listen carefully, you can just make it out: a thousand Weezer fans, Pinkerton vinyl in hand, hopes once again elevated by a catchy, marvelous lead single, shouting GOD FUCKING DAMMIT at another cockshit album from Rivers Cuomo.

But those fans, the legion of diehards praying for 90s Weezer to come back, are slowly dying out. To most everyone else, the reaction to Raditude will probably be decided apathy. Anyone familiar with Weezer should’ve seen that Raditude would be the continued descent of Weezer into stupid, unfunny irony. To expect anything else after the putrid Make Believe would be, by definition, insanity (I mean just look at the cover. Shit, look at the name). It’s why it’s so easy to be completely numb to Raditude; the consistent self-slaughter of Weezer’s career has left them with few expectations to satisfy, and Raditude isn’t offensive so much as it is inconsequential. No one’s calling Raditude a return to Blue Album charm (as Rolling Stone did with Make Believe) this time around, and lead single “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” isn’t as reminiscent of “Good Life”-style irony as Red Album’s teaser “Pork and Beans.” Weezer have finally, totally rid themselves of any lingering legacy, and fans are left (nay, encouraged) to accept their music with the same indifference as Weezer put into making it.

This makes Raditude kind of acceptable in the sense that it’s not supposed to be “good,” but the problem is that Weezer are so dead set on flippant self-awareness that nothing really sticks. It puts Raditude in a weird state- the times Raditude works are when Weezer are so campy and cliché in writing shamelessly derivative pop songs they end up writing seriously terrific pop songs, and the times when it doesn’t are when Weezer confuse harmless pop with banality. Like most twenty-first century Weezer albums, Raditude has a couple songs worth ripping to “Let’s pretend Weezer only made one album in the last ten years” mixes, while the rest range between forgettable and awful. Of the former, “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” is the best, an honest but tongue-in-cheek plea to meet a girlfriend’s parents complete with one of Weezer’s best choruses since “Hash Pipe.” Other songs like “The Girl Got Hot” and “Put Me Back Together” are so masterfully constructed that every part, predictable and cheesy as they are, works beautifully.

Then there are tracks like “Can’t Stop Partying.” “Can’t Stop Partying” is the pinnacle of everything wrong with Weezer’s penchant for being really, really white. One would expect the hypocrisy of taking wry gibes at Timbaland one album then collaborating with Lil Wayne the next to arouse some sort of controversy, but five albums of negligible pop hits and idiotic filler has made it quite clear that Rivers has totally lost interest in honesty. Like “Beverly Hills” before it, “Can’t Stop Partying” assumes that white people doing black people things like rapping is funny. No dice however; Cuomo singing lines like "I gotta have patron, gotta have the E, gotta have a lot of pretty girls all around me!" isn’t as quirky as it would have been had Weezer any credibility to stand on. They’re just a parody of themselves now.

Then again, the whole album is really parody. The general sound of Raditude is Weezer recalling classic pop rock and totally invalidating it by having Rivers do his sad-boy shtick or worse, having him try to sound ironic. Rivers still has a great ear for a hook, but Christ, it feels like he’s completely forgotten how to use it. For example, the track “Love Is the Answer” takes a Beatles-esque Eastern influence then shits all over it with an irritatingly trite chorus (”Love is the answer! You have got to trust in the world!”) while songs like “In the Mall” somehow manage to out-stupid cock rock. Weezer are citing their influences liberally, using them either in homage (usually poorly) or lampooning them in a context so well treaded, the punchline is lost. Nerds and hair metal, white people and rap, it’s just not amusing anymore, and even if it is, Weezer sure as hell don’t make it so.

So just like most every Weezer album of this millennium before it, Raditude is another irritating reminder of the squandered potential of one of the greatest bands of the 90s. The dressing is a little different this time around; a few more jokes, a couple catchy tunes (this is most definitely not the worst Weezer album ever), but once again Weezer are content with churning out sugary pop tunes that go down easy and unimpressively. The result is that Raditude is completely harmless- a one off listen that’ll provide a catchy hook in a fix, maybe even a smile or two before it inevitably settles somewhere between Maladroit and Red Album in the Weezer discography, likely never to be listened to again.



Recent reviews by this author
Beach Slang Cheap Thrills On A Dead End StreetThe Men Tomorrow's Hits
Macintosh Plus Floral ShoppeThe Dismemberment Plan Uncanney Valley
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 ExperienceThe Men New Moon
user ratings (1182)
Chart.
2.1
poor
other reviews of this album
1 of
  • Kiran EMERITUS (3)
    Raditude may not be a return to form but it's definitely a step up, hitting the fun, power...

    AtavanHalen (2.5)
    (If you're wondering if this album's bad) This album's bad....

    endlessartix (3.5)
    Weezer doesn't try to sway the haters, but have created another appealing album for fans....

    nebuzad0 (5)
    Weezer has dropped a deuce on us all, and while it may smell bad, taking it seriously only...

  • Crymsonblaze (3.5)
    Trading the pseudo-experimentation of their previous album for an ultra-poppy gloss, Weeze...

    Jaundice (4)
    The more things change, the more they stay the same....

    Nosferatwo (1)
    Just when you think it can't get any worse, it gets worse....

    yidnarc (3.5)
    Rivers Cumo channels superpop to his highest potential and the band follows suit making fo...



Comments:Add a Comment 
Roach
November 2nd 2009


2148 Comments


I guess this is why I haven't listened to a Weezer album since Blue and Pinkerton.

cvlts
November 2nd 2009


9443 Comments


Weezey and Weezer... how cute.

pass

hydeyomoney
November 2nd 2009


934 Comments


Rivers is a faggoth

Schizophrenik
November 2nd 2009


847 Comments


"Shhhh… do you hear that? If you listen carefully, you can just make it out: a thousand Weezer fans,
Pinkerton vinyl in hand, hopes once again elevated by a catchy, marvelous lead single, shouting GOD
FUCKING DAMMIT at another cockshit album from Rivers Cuomo."

pretty much.

Electric City
Emeritus
November 2nd 2009


15762 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

mx likes our summaries to be nice



edit: smooth edit

AtavanHalen
November 2nd 2009


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Fucking great review; one of the best staff ones I've read in ages.



"Cockshit" = fucking beautiful.



I think I'll still listen to this; my intrigue beast plagues me.

Schizophrenik
November 2nd 2009


847 Comments


haha, damn my second guessing

moderndaydrool
November 2nd 2009


322 Comments


Opening paragraph made me lol.

Awesome review, i've never really been a fan of Weezer although from what i've heard, I tend to agree.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 2nd 2009


3901 Comments


yes yes yes a thousand times yes to this review.

crazyblinddude
November 2nd 2009


3390 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lol at 1st paragraph

overall a very real interpretation of weezer in this century

sad but true

plane
Emeritus
November 2nd 2009


6929 Comments


This is a rad review Downer.

TheStarclassicTreatment
November 2nd 2009


2910 Comments


I quite enjoyed the songs I've heard so far but I can imagine this will be an average/sub-standard release as per usual.

Matte
November 2nd 2009


600 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Perfect review for this album.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2009


15660 Comments


haha, review is so good

StrizzMatik
November 2nd 2009


3652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Review is pretty spectacular; however there's a bit more to like on this record IMO than most of their last four (excluding some of Maladroit). It definitely deserves a higher rating/average than Make Believe, Red and most of Green.

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
November 2nd 2009


867 Comments


spot on dude

PanasonicYouth
November 2nd 2009


7413 Comments


sounds about right
'specially the opening paragraph
sigh
there will be a day when they are good again, i can just feel it

Athom
Emeritus
November 2nd 2009


17241 Comments


you forgot to mention that put me back together is one of the best weezer songs in years

AggravatedYeti
November 2nd 2009


7684 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

brilliant.

also, cover slays.

rasputin
November 2nd 2009


14958 Comments


the album's title is so bad

i'll stick with pinkerton



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2017 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy