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Make Believe

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As to why it says 2007

...an update on an old mystery: The various versions of "Make Believe". Heres the scoop: Originally, the album was released (May 10, 2005, contrary to what iTunes says) and that was that. But then it was discovered that there were 2 problems. The wrong version of 'We Are All On Drugs" was included, and there was a minor audio problem in "This Is Such A Pity". (Both of these things were things that the band could hear, but if you hadn't heard the song before, you wouldn't know what was 'wrong'.) So, early on, a second version of the album was issued with the 'Drugs' and Pity' corrected. Its not known if any of the original copies were returned and destroyed at that point. Theres likely plenty of both of these first two versions out there, as "Make Believe" sold half a million copies in a matter of weeks (and is currently well over 1 million sold). But then, when it came time for a 3rd single, the band made some changes to "Perfect Situation", changing the "whoa oh" melody and adding the "Perfect Situation" background vocals near the end of the song. This became known as the 'single version' or the 'video version', but the band decided it was better than the original and wanted all further pressings of the album to have this new version instead. So, therefore, a 3rd version of the album was made, and thats the version thats currently on iTunes and in stores (unless they still have very old stock of the CD). (Thanks to Robert M. for asking some good questions - your suspicions were correct!)

Not their finest work, but hey... it's Weezer.

Ever since I first heard Weezer when I was younger, I loved them. Rivers Cuomo will eternally be my hero. He's a genius at writing songs. His lyrics make sense, and the instrumentals are phenomenal. Anyways, the album. 1. Beverly Hills - This song is decent. However, I don't necessarily think it should have become such a huge overplayed song. It sold Make Believe into becoming so very mainstream. For me, anyways, part of Weezer's appeal has always been the differentness of them. I mean really. Think about the band - 4 nerdy guys writing songs about their lives. You wouldn't imagine them to become anything incredibly popular. Don't get me wrong - Weezer is my favorite band in existence. Beverly Hills just is too... [insert word here] for me. I doubt it was intended to be that way. It's had some negative and positive outcome for the band, but nonetheless, Beverly Hills is not my favorite. 2. Perfect Situation - I really do like this one. It shows a bit of emotion and insecurity. I like that, because it's almost as if this track is saying to me, "Even though track 1 plays us off as really cool, we aren't flawless." 3. This is Such a Pity - I like the idea and lyrics, and most of the song. I also like the synth use, reminiscent of older songs such as Buddy Holly. Some of the song is not entirely favored by me, but overall I like it. 4. Hold Me - I do like this one a lot. I have mixed feelings about the transitions from calm to guitar/bass-infested. I think the song could have been pulled off as a ballad. 5. Peace - This track is decent. I can often relate to it, which makes it all the better for me. 6. We Are All On Drugs - This song is slightly ridiculous, but in a Weezer sort of way. I like it, but I think it is often viewed as very odd and damaging to the overall Weezer image by those who have only listened to Make Believe. However, I'm not saying those people matter all, because they don't. 7. The Damage in Your Heart - This song makes me sad, but I really like it. 8. Pardon Me - The beginning of this is very enjoyable in my opinion. It has a very Make Believe-esque feel, which you will probably develop if you listen to the rest of the album. 9. My Best Friend - Not entirely Weezer-like, but I love it. 10. The Other Way- This track is pretty sweet, I must say. It's sort of sad, and confusing at times, but I do like it. 11. Freak Me Out - I'm not hugely keen on this one, but it's okay. 12. Haunt You Every Day - This one is all right. As I have written this whole review, I know I have said things are Weezer-like or non Weezer-like. I do not mean they don't sound like the other songs on otheralbums by that, because that's a given, as that's a given. I mean that they are something I would not entirely expect in relation to how Weezer has changed and grown over years. This review has probably seemed slightly confusing, and that is probably because it is partially just me rambling on about Weezer to no one in particular because I don't know anyone who's as big on them as I am.

Weezer in full effect.

I'm so glad to see this album renewed on iTunes. For some odd reason weezer fans have this idea that if it's not Rivers screaming "Getchoo" that it's not a good CD. Wrong. Make Believe is incredible. It's fresh and shows Rivers' developing maturity. In "Beverly Hills" Rivers busts out a wicked "boom boom chop" song which reviews the perks of living in the hills. Perfect Situation opens with a rocking guitar solo and proceeds to a piano entangled verse. This is such a pity shows what weezer can do without distortion. It has lots of synth action and a rocking dueling guitar solo. Hold Me and Peace find Rivers waxing so poetic that it is reminiscent of Butterfly. The Damage In Your Heart has great one liners such as "One more loss in a losing world doesn't hurt so bad anymore." The Other Way is about Rivers debating whether or not he should reach out to comfort Jennifer Chiba after Elliott Smith's death. Freak Me Out finds Rivers dusting off the harmonica for the first time since the days of Blue and busting out tons of harmonics. Haunt You Every Day is an excellent closer and in my opinion is the best closer since Butterfly. Make Believe finds Rivers venturing back into the territory of personal and deep song writing. Rivers looks for love, questions how he can put himself at ease, offers advice for friends, and even goes so far as to ask everyone he has offended to forgive him. For those who have spent the past 8 years waiting for Weezer to return to form your complaints should finally be silenced. Weezer has found an excellent way to blend their past with their current selves. Even the cover, the harmonica, and the release date are strikingly similar to old blue. Oh, and for those curious as to what "correct mix" means on track 6, it would be the bridge. Original pressings of Make Believe featured an incorrect bridge that said "I want to confiscate your drugs, I don't think I can get enough."

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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