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Weezer (Red Album)

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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.

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You don't like the red album

you love it.

Just OK

I have been a Weezer fan from Blue to Make believe, stuck with them through Pinkerton, and have utterly enjoyed them over the years. While I applaud them for trying new things/using new singers, I found it difficult to connect with any of these songs and really enjoy them. None of the Album is like the first single, Pork and Beans, My suggestion is to buy the Deluxe version and get a few gems that are not released on the regular album.Let Rivers sing and write.

Classic Weezer

I couldn't wait to wake up this morning and download this album from iTunes. In many ways, it's exactly what you'd expect from a Weezer album: Tight, catchy lyrics you'll sing for the rest of the day. Then there are tracks like "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived," which reminds me a lot of "Jesus of Suburbia" from Green Day's American Idiot. "It's Easy" (one of the bonus tracks), is one of the best songs on the entire album. If you've ever liked a Weezer album (from the Blue Album to Make Believe), the Red Album won't disappoint.


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 gleaned from bands like Kiss. What truly set the band apart, though, was their geekiness. None of the members of Weezer, especially leader Rivers Cuomo, were...
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