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Music: Weezer

November 12, 2009

by Taylor Aswell

With the release of their seventh studio album, geek rockers Weezer once again change up their style and continue to rock the airwaves.

“Raditude,” a 10-track walk through the happier, poppier side of front man Rivers Cuomo’s mind, provides the listener with a solid glance of what pop-rock should be.

On their last album, known as the “Red Album,” Cuomo and crew traded instruments on songs and each member sang at least one song on the CD.

“Raditude” has every member playing their original instrument and once again has Cuomo rightfully back where he belongs, belting the tunes he penned just like they once did.

While the album does get back to the Weezer basics, with its catchy choruses, enthralling guitar riffs and simplistic style, there are some new things that have never been done before from this Los Angeles based quartet that cause the listener to sit up and take notice.

The first single from the album, “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” is a happy almost 50s style romp through a love song that is sure to leave you smiling and singing after the first listen through.

There is even a special cameo from Lil Wayne on one of the album’s tracks, “Can’t Stop Partyin’.”

That’s right, Weezy and Weezer get together for a song that will have you either scratching your head or tapping your feet.
“Get Me Some” is a bonus track that you should definitely consider getting.

Cuomo and guitarist Brian Bell shred solos all over the song, showing the skill they posses while simultaneously allowing the solos to not completely dominate the song.

“Love is the Answer” features more unique guest vocals in the forms of Amrita Sen and Nishat Khan, two Indian singers who sing background to Cuomo on a song that is not short on creativity.

Traditional Indian music mixed with American pop rock should probably not be in Weezer’s future, but the song does entertain.
Marketing for the album was also very creative for the group as they even had a special deal where you could buy a Weezer snuggie, or a “Wuggie,” and get the album free with your purchase.

Lyrically the album leaves little to the imagination, but intentionally so. Cuomo was trying to make a CD that would give the listener a happy sing-a-long feel.

Simplistic songs about partying and being in love reign heavily on the album, but in this, simplicity lies the true joy of the album.Cuomo allows the listener to go on a happy journey with him from start to finish.

The only problem with this lies in the fact many listeners are upset Weezer is not the same as they once did.

Long gone are the days of “Pinkerton” and the “Blue Album,” but the days of Weezer are still alive and kicking.

They are just headed in a slightly different direction, which is expected from a band that has been playing together for nearly 20 years.

Whether you are a fan of Weezer or not, the album is most likely going to be something you will either love or hate, without much in between.

The songs are fun and easily memorized, but the lack of meaning behind the lyrics makes it unlikely this will be a CD you will be listening to constantly.

If you can get over the silly lyrics, and the cheesiness, it is a very solid album that gives you a strong 40 minutes of geek rock that will make you happy and pleased to be listening.

The one thing people need to realize is that this is Weezer, don’t take them so seriously.

If there is a next album, odds are, it will sound slightly different from “Raditude.”

Until that day, sit back and enjoy the poppy-goodness Weezer brought to the table with “Raditude.”

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