Weezer
The Red Album (Deluxe Edition)


3.5
great

Review

by Insurrection CONTRIBUTOR (113 Reviews)
March 16th, 2016 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Equal parts incoherent, confusing, unconscionably bad, and musically brilliant.

Weezer has had a scatterbrained career to say the least. Their albums range from ‘90s rock staples like The Blue Album and Pinkerton, to collections of unassuming pop anthems in The Green Album and Make Believe, to the occasional dip into the experimental such as Maladroit and especially The Red Album. This is the point in their career where ringleader Rivers Cuomo wanted the band to be less of a passion project and more a collaborative effort involving every member, and you can tell. The Red Album has some of their most bizarre tracks and it’s by far their least cohesive record as a whole in regards to both musicality and overall quality. From track to track you may forget you’re listening to the same band. Right off the bat there’s the straightforward rock-driven ‘Troublemaker’ leading into the genre transcending opus ‘The Greatest Man That Ever Lived’, cheeky single ‘Pork and Beans’, and then the tender appropriately-titled ‘Heart Songs’. This diversity keeps things interesting for sure, adding momentum with each turn and demanding your attention to listen for the occasional gem, but it’s the deluxe edition that gives the album a semblance of completion and closure.

The Red Album is somewhat of a microcosm of Weezer’s career. It’s a musical mess; very high highs, offensively low lows, and few lingering in between. The aforementioned trifecta of ‘The Greatest Man…’, ‘Pork and Beans’, and ‘Heart Songs’ make up the album’s musical peak. After that is when things get hairy. There’s the 99 cent Red Hot Chili Peppers knock-off ‘Everybody Get Dangerous’ and then a saccharine exercise in tedium called ‘Dreamin’’ containing a painfully awkward heavy outro that’s as forced as it is unnecessary. The other band members take their shots at songwriting on the next three tracks, none being particularly offensive but none particularly memorable either. But the album closes on a high note, ‘The Angel and the One’, proving that a little subtlety and simplicity can go a long way. The deluxe edition bonus tracks are more focused than the album itself; a handful of cover songs and a few inspired original compositions that were bafflingly left off the initial release. ‘Pig’ in particular is one of the most gorgeous songs Weezer has put out in this era. Clocking in at a mere four minutes, ‘Pig’ starts as an acoustic slow-burn that builds and builds into an epic, beautifully layered melodic orgasm, coalescing distorted guitars, piano, bells, and Cuomo’s soaring falsetto acting as the aural sprinkles to the track’s well-frosted cake.

Again, it’s difficult to review The Red Album as a unit because it’s less of an album than it is a collection of ideas. Some solid, some horrendous, and some ranking among the best in the band’s illustrious catalog. The deluxe edition adds much needed depth to the LP, but the fact is The Red Album is an incoherent clusterfuck of a release. There’s no way around it. Thankfully when taking the bonus tracks into consideration, the good ideas here far outweigh the bad.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 16th 2016


24638 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's been a while. tried to avoid turning this into a track by track but this album kinda called for it

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FreddieDelaney31
March 16th 2016


4898 Comments


i guess i might have to actually listen to this album then

i've always heard really really good things about Greatest Man That Ever Lived in particular

onionbubs
March 16th 2016


9875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I find that Greatest Man that Ever Lived doesn't work at all. Rivers should never rap AGAIN. That "you come like a dog when I ring your bell" line makes me cringe everytime...some parts do work though. otherwise, i guess i agree with the review, though heart songs and troublemaker dont really do anything for me either.



the angel and the one is the album's strong point for me. that song is just fantastic, man.

BHAR
March 16th 2016


231 Comments


I've never listened to the deluxe edition but I find the original rather mediocre. Still a great review.

Why aren't you staff???

Ocean of Noise
March 16th 2016


10354 Comments


Never heard the deluxe edition either. As for the standard album, I really like some parts and really dislike other parts.

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 16th 2016


56207 Comments


your avatar is the worst thing I've ever seen on this site

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TedSchmosby
March 16th 2016


778 Comments


Agreed. Pig, The Greatest Man that Ever Lived and The Angel and the One are all great.

demigod!
March 16th 2016


49295 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pork and beans is one of my favourite weezer songs

Tunaboy45
March 16th 2016


16583 Comments


MARRYING A BIYOTCH HAVING SEVEN KIYODS

Tunaboy45
March 16th 2016


16583 Comments


I really like Thought I Knew.

LotusFlower
March 16th 2016


12001 Comments


that meme video for pork and beans is great

Tunaboy45
March 16th 2016


16583 Comments


Those are some old school memes.

Mutantsnowstorm
March 16th 2016


504 Comments


Had no idea they covered The Weight, just gave it a listen and while it isn't anything special its pretty good

Supercoolguy64
March 16th 2016


8651 Comments


last half of the (standard) album is really good tbh

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Gyromania
March 16th 2016


25915 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

nice work

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 16th 2016


24638 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"last half of the (standard) album is really good tbh"

i always thought this album was really top heavy. aside from the angel and the one, and to a lesser extent thought i knew, i dont care much for the second half. but again the songs are so different from each other it all depends on taste



do you like any tracks on this gyro?

SmileNerd
March 17th 2016


495 Comments


I agree with this review.

I would pos if I could.

WatchItExplode
March 17th 2016


6006 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I remember being in love with Miss Sweeney when this came out.

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2016


24638 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah that's a great one

onionbubs
March 19th 2016


9875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

why do you exist?



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