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While Weezer leader Rivers Cuomo sports a detached, loner pose that suggests a deep-seated inability to socialize with others, his songs reach out and touch his audience with their emotionally ambiguous honesty and — most importantly — their undeniable catchiness. Cuomo has cited KISS as a major influence on his work and one easily hears KISS’s merge of forceful hard rock and shameless pop in Cuomo’s writing. For Weezer’s fourth album, Cuomo and company make a quick break with an opening trilogy packed with a solid crunch of rhythm guitar and harmonies (“American Gigolo,” “Dope Nose,” “Keep Fishin’”) that draw immediate attention with their intensity. Though little more than a half-hour, Maladroit covers a great deal of territory. ‘80s alt-gods the Cure and Dinosaur Jr. are recalled in the whimpering melodies and elliptical moan of the slow-burning ballad “Death and Destruction,” the overcharged volume of “Slob,” and the giddy “Lovecats” bounce of “Burndt Jamb.” “Possibilities” tilts towards generic hardcore, but “Love Explosion” makes good use of a cheesy ‘80s hard rock guitar solo to color the wall of the band’s block guitar chords.

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Harder Weezer

Right from the get-go, Rivers wants to let old Weezer fans know that this isn't him trying to please anybody; as "American Gigolo" says, "If you hate this, I can't blame you." To know the album you should probably know two things: first, Rivers loves KISS and played in a hair metal band a few years prior to Weezer; second, Rivers self produced this album, which keeps it loose and rocking the whole time. The album is littered with hooks, catchy riffs, and killer solos. Pat goes wild on the drum set and because the album is self produced, the drums have a huge a great way. The album is even further from Weezer's earlier albums in terms of lyrical content, but that's not a bad thing at all. "Dope Nose" was written the same night as "Hash Pipe" so you know it rocks, "Keep Fishin'" sounds a lot like a harder version of an early Beatles tune, "Death and Destruction" is touching with Rivers using some sweet falsetto. "Slob" is insane; it doesn't sound anything like "Say It Ain't So", but it still gives me same really rocking vibes. "Possibilities", although short, is hooky and punch and even has an awesome solo. "December", the closing track, is very touching and has the same effect that every other Weezer album's closer has had. Also, you can get a couple dozen B-sides to this album off of the internet if you look around. In closing, Weezer is rocking harder than before, but they never once compromise they hooks.

Arguably one of their best albums

I often debate on whether this album or "Pinkerton" is their best (often times I'll go with "Pinkerton") but this album is definitely not to be overlooked. If you do overlook it, you're missing out on some of Weezer's catchiest, most hard-rocking stuff ever.

Some of their Best Work

First of all, let me start by saying I now own every Weezer album, besides the Deluxe Edition of the Blue Album (but soon that too, hopefully!). This album has some of Weezer's best instrumental work, and the powerful drum intros and heavy guitar riffs and solos are far from the simple poppy chords found on the Green Album and most of Make Believe. There is a good mix of classic Weezer instruments and vocals with more modern Weezer lyrics and mixing. Rivers' singing is also top-notch and sounds good whether its a faster or slower song. However, some songs on this album can get a little bit bland and skippable. The best songs are Dope Nose, Keep Fishin, Burndt Jamb and Fall Together. Overall, this album gets a 4 out of 5 stars. If you're just getting into Weezer, I would far more highly recommend The Blue Album, which is one of the greatest rock cds ever made. But for a regular Weezer fan who's looking for more, this will be sure to please. =W=


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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