Album Review: Weezer – Raditude

By now, everyone who loved Pinkerton, The Blue Ablum and even most people who loved The Green Album will have deserted Weezer and headed off to other bands for their power pop fix, this isn’t an album which is going to win back any old fans. In fact, they’ll hate it. But for everybody else there really is alot to enjoy here, in a dirty “I shouldn’t like this at all kind of a way”.

Opener “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” is, much like the rest of the album, unbelievably catchy. In an age where pop is Lady Gaga, Weezer bring the guitar back. It’s not a clever song by any stretch of the imagination, but what it does do is make you sing along on the chorus, tap your feet and just enjoy it. A Trade not often employed by too many bands these days, its refreshing. Follow up “I’m Your Daddy” surprisingly isn’t based on an episode of Jerry Springer/Jeremy Kyle (Select one for relevancy to your particular country) and can be heard below in what might be called the meeting of two musical genius’s, like if Bach hung out with Mozart, almost. Huge hooks, poppy beats, hand claps and Cuomo sounding geeky as ever, guaranteed to clutter up radio waves for longer than its welcome. “The Girl Got Hot” is really quite awful. Sounding more like a Disney channel theme tune than anything worth listening to and along that theme of songs that shouldn’t exist on this album “Can’t Stop Partying” featuring none other than Lil Wayne, oh yeah. You heard me. Unlike many of the other songs on the album have a tongue in cheek, ironic element to them, this statement falls on death ears over the sound of grating synths and uh… Lil Wayne. Who, for reference sounds like he’s singing a long lost part of Bloodhound Gang’s “Discovery Channel”.

“Put Me Back Together” is lovely but not amazingly memorable, acting more as an palate cleanser after the war crime that was “Can’t Stop Partying”. Before Weezer lets us have “Tripping down the Freeway” one of only two songs written solely by Rivers on the album. Sounding like a mix between classic Weezer and oddly enough, The Strokes. Believe me, it’s much more pleasurable than it sounds. “Love Is The Answer” starts out al Indian, and then rivers sings a cast off Michael Jackson lyric “Love is the answer/Makes no difference what you have heard/Love is the answer/You have got to trust in the world” Oh dear. Although the backing track will defiantly end up on a mobile phone advert. Trust. It’s got some pretty Indian singing though, so it’s cool. So thank god for “Let It All Hang Out” which screams at us with solo from the start and brings up on familiar power pop territory. “In The Mall” is serviceable but not a song that’s going to will you to return to it. In fact, most of this album wont demand a re-listen. Its instant fun, party songs. And that’s alright for Weezer these days.

The real problem is Rivers attachment to power pop having to sound like a 14 year old boy. Some of the albums better lyrical moments come when Rivers acts like a big boy but simultaneously he tones down the mood. Case in point, “I Don’t Want To Let You Go”. This isn’t a bad album; in fact it’s almost a 7. Its fun, and those of you expecting a giant return to form will be disappointed here (Were you really expecting a return to form with that album artwork?). Old fans, go listen to Pavement, Weezer may as well be a Pavement cover band. Anyone looking for radio friendly power pop fun, step right in, Raditude has something for you.

6/10

Alec