Raditude CD (2009)

Artist: Weezer

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Raditude is the seventh studio album by Weezer, released in November 2009, and was produced by Jacknife Lee (Bloc Party, the Hives) and Butch Walker. The title of the album was suggested by Rainn Wilson, while the cover photo was the winner of a National Geographic reader-submitted photo contest. Many of the songs on the album are collaborations with professional songwriters.

Track Listing
1. (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
2. I'm Your Daddy
3. The Girl Got Hot
4. Can't Stop Partying (Feat. Lil Wayne)
5. Put Me Back Together
6. Trippin' Down The Freeway
7. Love Is the Answer
8. Let It All Hang Out
9. In the Mall
10. I Don't Want to Let You Go


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 212317879
UPC 602527205373
UPC 14 00602527205373
Format CD
Release Date 11/3/2009
Author Weezer
Artist Bio
WeezerEstablished on February 14, 1992 in Los Angeles, California, these four guys at that time still looked for a proper name for their band when Rivers Cuomo suggested to call the band "Weezer." Since the other members could not find something else that sounded more distinctive, they all agreed to apply "Weezer" as the name of the band.Their debut album was released on May 10, 1994. It was a self-titled one, but was more commonly known as The Blue Album. Having produced by Ric Ocasek, this album made a breakthrough with its hit tracks, such as "Undone (The Sweater Song)" and "Buddy Holly." Both songs were reinforced by innovative music videos, making them became well known throughout the world.After spending almost one year to establish their next album, Weezer launched Pinkerton on September 24, 1996. Although it was praised by critics, the album unfortunately could not surpass its predecessor. It was partially because Rivers refused the idea of making another innovative music videos. As a result, the album could only secure 19th position at Billboard 200. The sale was also disappointing, far from the band's expectation. Despite this glum situation, they eagerly embarked on their tour.After recording some demos in L.A., Weezer participated in a festival of punk/ska music and extreme sports named Warped Tour on June 23, 2000. It turned out very well and the band continued to perform by conducting a summer tour. The tunes that they had sung during this tour were labeled the Summer Songs of 2000 or SS2k. Some of them later appeared in their long awaited album, Weezer (2001) which was often called The Green Album. This was the band's turning point for one of its tracks entitled "Hash Pipe" became a smash hit, reaching 2nd rank at Billboard Modern Tracks. Its success was followed by "Island in the Sun" and "Photograph" which both were included in top 20 of the chart. The band afterwards went to hold their live shows for the rest of the year. By July 2002, The Green Album had sold over one million copies so that Weezer once more was certified Platinum.They later continued to produce another album, Maladroit, which was released on May 14, 2002. To their relief, it strived to 3rd rank at Billboard 200, becoming the band's first album to enter top three of the chart. This year also was marked by the mysterious departure of Mikey after being together in Weezer for 4 years. Scott Shriner (born July 11, 1965) came in to fill his position. The band soon began to collect materials for the next album. Conducting many demo sessions, they concluded to abort the songs they had recorded, thus took their fourth break for about one year. They reunited in December 2003 with the determination to complete the recording process of their upcoming album. Make Believe ultimately appeared on May 10, 2005. Produced by Rick Rubin, the album soared to 2nd rank in U.S. charts due to the success of its brilliant single, "Beverly Hills." In the meantime, "Make Believe" received various responses and reviews. Some fans considered it as an attractive album, but others, along with music critics, detested and scorned this particular album.The band fell into another uncertain future after Cuomo hinted a break-up during an interview with MTV in 2006. A media turmoil soon occurred, reporting the band was indeed splitting for good. It was however denied by each members, particularly Cuomo who made it clear that he was misquoted. The band was in fact in full speed to write for the next album, The Red Album, which was released in June 2008.
Grammy (2009) Weezer, Winner, Best Short From Music Video
MTV Award (2005) Weezer, Nominee, Best Rock Video
MTV Award (2001) Weezer, Nominee, Best Rock Video
MTV Award (1995) Weezer, Winner, Best Alternative Video,Weezer, Winner, Breakthrough Video,Weezer, Nominee, Video of the Year
ReviewSource AllMusicGuide.com
Review If Weezer's 2008 eponymous Red Album was all about singer/songwriter Rivers Cuomo coming to terms with heading into middle age, then 2009's Raditude finds Cuomo looking back upon his own carefree, dirt bike-riding youth and writing songs about it, but filtered through the eyes of Weezer's younger fans. In that sense, Raditude comes off as a kind of Big Chill-esque concept album for Gen-Y kids who grew up in the '90s. To these ends, Cuomo packs these largely poppy and rockin' songs with concrete images and cultural references that are just slightly warped and out of phase with his own generational timeline. As on the driving, '60s-soul inflected opening track "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To," Cuomo croons to his teenage girlfriend, "Your Slayer t-shirt fit the scene just right" and later, "We watched Titanic and it didn't make us sad." The Titanic reference is clearly a touchstone for any Gen-Y kid, and even the Slayer shout-out -- though an '80s metal band -- seems to imply a '90s teen wearing her older brother's worn-out t-shirt. At first, the song seems to be a sophomoric and jokey make-out track hinging on the line, "So make a move 'cuz I ain't got all night." However, the song ends with the teen couple staring at each other as grown-ups in a troubled marriage with nothing left to say to fix their problems but, "make a move 'cuz I ain't got all night." The ironic ending only backs up the notion that Cuomo, having worked through his own mid-life crisis on the Red Album, now has his aging Gen-Y fans and their issues on his mind. Musically, Raditude really sounds like vintage Weezer, but never in a pandering, played-out way. In that sense, we get the band's now-classic mix of old-school '50s pop with big, hooky '70s rawk guitars, and tracks like sublimely power poppy "I'm Your Daddy," and the cheeky glitter rock-inspired anthem "The Girl Got Hot" are as sparkling with creative enthusiasm as anything the band has done since "Buddy Holly." Similarly, tracks that include the slight hip-hop and R&B touches the band has favored in recent years fit perfectly into the sound of an album crafted for an audience who came of age in the late '90s and early '00s. Even the much anticipated party-rap song "Can't Stop the Partying" featuring rapper Lil Wayne is a dark, minor-key rumination on the downside of living it up on the party circuit and is the furthest thing from white-guy novelty-rap goofiness. Ultimately, it's Weezer's deft mixing of immediately hummable rock with lyrics that reveal Cuomo's own melancholy gaze on the pop landscape that makes Raditude a passionate surrender to growing up and a throw-your-arms-up-and-scream ride down the other side of the mid-life roller coaster.
Reviewer Matt Collar
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Artist Weezer
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
Ben Ratliff, The New York Times Raditude sounds like a high-stakes game of chicken, and the intellectual gamesmanship becomes more satisfying than the music.
Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone Magazine [Rivers Cuomo's] willingness to make fun of his psychosexual damage only makes it more poignant.
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