Weezer-Raditude

Posted: 2nd June 2010 by Mister Critic in Random
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Reviewed by Mister Hand

Weezer is back!
After 16 years of music, an album for nearly every basic color, and more songs about not getting the girl, Weezer has released yet another CD – Raditude. I was hesitant to listen to it let alone buy it since I’ve been somewhat disappointed with their barrage of albums starting with the Green Album in 2000. The review is coming I promise, but first some background for context.
I discovered Weezer in high school and fell in love with their Blue Album. Their catchy lyrics, edgy guitar, and unpolished sound, so true to most of the music I liked from the early 90’s, grabbed me from the start with “My Name is Jonas” and never let me down throughout the CD. My favorite song to date is “Undone – The Sweater Song,” and who can forget the “Buddy Holly” video? That was also when MTV showed music videos and this was and is one of my favorite and most memorable music videos. They followed up pretty well with Pinkerton (gotta love “El Scorcho”), but then disappeared on an apparent hiatus.

After more than 3 years of silence, Weezer returned with the Green Album, which I felt was a formulaic approach to creating an album of radio friendly-pop songs. It was more of a mathematical “this plus this equals a radio hit!” I’m not saying I don’t like “Island in the Sun” or “Hash Pipe,” but it didn’t seem as deep or Weezerish for me. They followed the Green Album up with what seemed like a new CD every week (3 albums) but thats probably because it was as though the flood gates had reopened and I wasn’t used to new Weezer music so frequently. One highlight to note because credit should be given where it is due, is the use of the Muppets in a music video for “Keep Fishin” off the Maladroit Album.

This all brings me to the point of the review – Raditude. At long last I feel Weezer has created an album that blends their newer radio sound with the rawness of thefir roots. I heard the first single “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” just a few weeks ago (even though it hit the radio in August, 2009) and didn’t know what I was listening to but knew I needed to buy it. It wasn’t until that night that I found out it was my long lost friend Weezer. It still has that Weezer sound, but I’d grown accustomed to their more pop feel than the raw stuff I missed from 1993. This is not to say it is a replica of the Blue Album, but rather an musical evolution, bringing the old and the new together in a way that only Weezer could do (yes it came with blue kool-aid that brainwashed me). One song that especially caught my ear was the “Can’t Stop Partying,” which features Lil Wayne of all people.

I’d go into all the songs and why I love them, but people just need to check it out for themselves and rediscover the Raditude that is Weezer.