Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Weezer - Raditude

(As seen on DeafLeftEar.com)

So you've given up on Weezer. That's okay - we all can agree that The Red Album blows worse than Courtney Love in need of drugs. But there is good news if you're willing to hear it. Weezer's seventh studio album, Ratitude, feels like a return to the Weezer you want to like.

It's a werid thing to type, but this album sounds like a collection of Weezer songs. (Kind of like using the word you are trying to define in the definition) But that's a good thing! "My Name is Jonas," "Buddy Holly," "Pork and Beans," "Say It Ain't So," "Dope Nose" all have that Weezer vibe to it which was wholly lacking on the last album.

The weird-ish thing is that Rivers Cuomo is damn near 40 and he's still pumping out jams about summer camp love, losing girlfriends, partying (we'll get to that in a minute) and finding out who got hot after all these years. Just playing to the crowd maybe?

If you have a radio clearly you've been inundated with "If You Want Me To," which is fantastically catchy. Songs like "I'm Your Daddy," "The Girl Got Hot," and "Put Me Back Together" all have that same "Weezer quality (n.)" you want to hear from them.

Track 4 is a song that Rivers and Jermaine Dupree wrote together. It's essentially a hip-hop song about partying... I guess Rivers wanted to do something unexpected and different so he brought in the soon-to-be incarcerated Lil' Wayne to spice it up. It's cool though, I can actually cross something off of my "Top 10 Things I'll Never Hear on a Weezer Album" list:
#3 - Lil' Wayne rapping: "Okay bitches it's Weezer and it's Weezy, upside-down MTV, please don't shoot me down because I am endangered species."

In summation - many old Weezer fans probably stopped listening or caring about this band but if there was any chance you'd find a way to bop your head to new Weezer material - this is it, because god knows when Rivers Cuomo finally releases those 3,000 never before heard songs he hides in his basement, you'll want to remember them for something better.

1 comment:

bcallow said...

I am the Greatest Man that ever lived was a quality song!