WEEZER - MAKE BELIEVE


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Album: Make Believe
Artist: Weezer
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It has become very trendy to make fun of Weezer (Pitchfork, i'm looking at you). Herohill doesn't like to jump on a wagon, but Rivers is becoming increasingly strange, and the sound the band is producing is all over the map. Gone are the days when Rivers opened up his soul to his listeners (Pinkerton). Today, he puts together songs that sound like they were written for lyrics he wrote in high school.

That being said, in the past, when Weezer was bad, they still managed to write some catchy pop songs. This effort however, seems to be an attempt to latch onto any style that might be popular for the kids buying the album. They have ballads, anthems, Beatles-esque tracks, and filler. Lots and lots of filler. I have to think radio-crafted songs about being on drugs are beneath this band. So are songs about being the odd man out. The single "Beverly Hills" sounds like some kind of white guy, indie rap that I could see Barenaked Ladies rocking in Americna Pie 5. Newsflash, you are in Weezer. I find it a tough pill to swallow when i try to picture Rivers feeling like no one lets him in. Indie kids would sell a testicle to hang out with him and girl/guys probably throw themselves at the sensitive songwriter.

Rick Rubin produced the album, and now the band is releasing songs about a minute longer than usual. While a minute might not seem long, in pop records, having a minute added to a song that goes nowhere, is painful. Past efforts where crunchy albums, that seemed to be a complete product, start to finish. This album is more like a grade 9 makeout session. You get mildly aroused, but never enough to make it memorable. Weezer - Make Believe We Are Doing More Than Dry Humping.

People talk about artist's growth. Well, I think River has finally jumped the shark. His usual introspective lyrics seems childish and boring. I could honestly see Rob Thomas singing these songs. "I don't wanna be in Weezer no more...."

I guess it is easy to crap on the band and expect past greatness, but seriously... songs like Pardon Me (no, it isn't an Incubus cover) seem to read like a diary. "I tried my best, I gave my all, sometimes my best wasn't good enough for you". Come on. "You're My Best Friend and I Love You". Is Rivers hoping to make a sequel with Jennifer Garner? 30 Going on 13!!! Another apologetic ditty with a heavy drum/guitar chorus? Does Weezer really want to be playing with Blink-182 for the 13 year-olds? They even make hand-claps sound bad. Any song with hand-claps usually make me laugh. The Other Way is painful.

Overall, I think this album is weak. Weaker than a lot of the radio crap you hear everyday? Maybe not, but would I watch a Charlie Kaufman version of New York Minute and be satisfied? Nope.


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