The new Weezer album is practically unlistenable. I did some searching around the blogs and I am not the only one to feel this way. What happened to this once favorite band of ours? Ever since Pinkerton, I've tried to convince myself the subsequent albums were good. They haven't been.
They do have some great singles off the "Green" and "Red" albums, but in this day in age you need to come with a great album else we will just buy your singles off Amazon or iTunes. If you are ok with making sales a $1 a time, then fine. Although most bands don't make money off albums and instead make money from touring and merch.
Even so, not all the singles have been great. Catchy does not equal great. Like you - I can' help but to sing along to that monstrosity Pork and Beans.
Shall we take a listen? You'll have to play this from your own collection as DCG, Weezer's label, does a great job of removing the songs posted on the internet.
Everyone likes to dance to a happy song/With a catchy chorus and beat so they can sing along/Timbaland knows the way to reach the top of the chart/ Maybe if I work with him I can perfect the art.
Garbage. Sure it's catchy...and it's on the radio so often you are forced to love it. Alt-rock and pop radio I might add. It's a magic formula that Weezer front man Rivers Cuomo has, like a mad scientist, been working on in a deep dark lab somewhere. Really. In 1998, Cuomo spent a good year secluding himself in an LA apartment with black walls and covered windows disconnected from the world. He spent the year, like the geek he is, trying to figure out the formula to pop/rock success. He deconstructed all the popular songs he loved. He has a three ring binder of analysis's of every Nirvana, Green Day, and Oasis song. Trying to mathematically dissect the formula of these songs that he loves. He even calls it the Encyclopedia of Pop.
All this studying, tweaking, and anti-social behavior to produce what? Raditude?
I can't even get through this new album. One of the worst songs might be Can't Stop Partying. Take a listen.
Download Weezer - Can't Stop Partying
Not even Lil' Wayne can save it. In fact it might be better if it was just Wayne rapping on the whole song.
You might be saying, "What about that cute single off Raditude? That's a good song!" You mean (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To? One geeky love song is not enough to save this album. This album is bad. Even the god damn title irks me. (Thanks for nothing Rainn Wilson)
I have accidentally typed Ratitude about a dozen times.
I'm not spending anymore money on this band after dropping 9.99 in this shit economy on this sub par album. When the band has had enough of selling out, I'll be back.
Besides, another great band dropped an album the same week Raditude was released. Dashboard Confessional has come out with album number 6, called Alter The Ending. It's an amazing album that also includes an acoustic version in the deluxe edition. The funny thing is, that both Raditude and Alter The Ending were produced by Butch Walker. What a small world. Luckily for us, the end result is day and night when comparing the two albums. With Raditude you can polish a turd, but it's still a turd after all.
Download Dashboard Confessional - No News Is Bad News
Fuck it. Just buy them both...