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Weezer (Red Album) [Deluxe Edition]

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Editors’ Notes

Weezer’s sixth album is their most ambitious to date. While still featuring the band’s trademark mix of punk-pop, crunchy powerchord guitars, smooth, soothing harmonies, and Rivers Cuomo’s aching, arching melody lines, the songs in many instances expand beyond the usual and expected. Recorded in three separate sessions, with Rick Rubin overseeing the first attempt, the band self-producing a second batch, and finally Jacknife Lee finishing things for the final polish, the self-titled “Red Album” explores new territory. The first single, “Pork and Beans,” is straight-forward and hooky, but “Heart Songs” is a four-minute tour de force, basing itself on a laid-back near G-funk groove that builds without ever climaxing, while reveling in the power of music as Cuomo recounts his childhood musical faves. The six-minute “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” includes a falsetto vocal from Cuomo, along with near-rapping and numerous stylistic shifts within the one tune. “Everybody Gets Dangerous,” from the film 21 (but not included on the soundtrack), rips with a street-walkin’ charm that resolves in a refreshing Weezer-like chorus. “Dreamin’” takes Weezer’s usual gait and stretches it over five minutes.

Customer Reviews

decent

this album kind of disapointed me. i have no time for songs like troublemaker that have 2 or 3 power chords the whole time. most of these songs are somewhat catchy, but they're nothing like the old weezer. pork and beans and dreamin' were decent but everything else was meh.

Not their best effort

I was really looking forward to this album as Weezer's past efforts are some of my favourites; Pinkerton and the Blue Album are two of my favourite albums of all time. Of the 15 tracks on the Red Album (including bonus material) only four feel like a genuine effort; the rest feel more like filler (especially those with vocals from other Weezer members). There’s some catchy stuff here, but as an overall effort it really missed the mark for me. It’s not a terrible album, just not the calibre I’ve come to expect from one of my favourite bands.

Greatest Album I've Heard By Anyone

This album is so amazing, and its so worth it to get the deluxe edition. There isn't a song I don't like, but some of my favourites are "Troublemaker", "Everybody Get Dangerous", "The Spider", "Miss Sweeney" and "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived." I really like how in the booklet, beside the lyrics for every song they have facts about the song such as insperations or personal stories. This is my favourite album ever, and should defenetly be checked out.

Biography

Formed: 1993 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

As one of the most popular groups to emerge in the post-grunge alternative rock aftermath, Weezer received equal amounts of criticism and praise for their hook-heavy guitar pop. Drawing from the heavy power pop of arena rockers like Cheap Trick and the angular guitar leads of the Pixies, Weezer leavened their melodies with doses of '70s metal learned from bands like Kiss. What truly set the band apart, though, was their geekiness. None of the members of Weezer, especially leader Rivers...
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