Weezer (The Red Album) CD (2008)

Artist: Weezer

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Label Fontana
SKU 208079316
UPC 602517671836
UPC 14 00602517671836
Format CD
Release Date 6/3/2008
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Author Weezer
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ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Since 1994, Cuomo has been the reigning auteur-genius of power pop, but his musical fluency is wide-ranging, and on Weezer's sixth album he's determined to cram everything in
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Reviewer Jody Rosen
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review The pairing of Weezer and producer Rick Rubin seemed like a no-brainer, but their first issue, 2005's "Make Believe," lacked the hoped-for chemistry between L.A.'s nerd-rock kings and a studio guru who has brought out the best in Johnny Cash, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Neil Diamond...Here's to hanging in there. Though it tails off toward the end, the second Weezer-Rubin collaboration...is a rush, starting with a sustained, four-song soliloquy on pop music's allure..."I'm gonna be a rock star and you are gonna bear with me / Cuz I can't work a job like any other slob," Rivers Cuomo sings in "Troublemaker," portraying an absurdly confident musician...Rivers doesn't make apologies for his sometimes crass characters, nor does he judge them. He forms them and animates them, then lets you deal with them. But all that attitude disappears with the onset of "Heart Songs," a musical autobiography that describes a lifetime of listening, from ABBA and Debbie Gibson to Iron Maiden and Nirvana albums, and ultimately to the singer's own induction into the fraternity of record makers...The next two songs vary the theme but don't let up as they capture, in turn, the bravado of youth and the appeal of imagination over day-to-day drudgery. Both "Everybody Gets Dangerous" and "Dreamin' " extend the album's audaciously dynamic sound. The music on "Weezer" is marked by constant surprise in the structures and textures, which combine the crunch of Cuomo's beloved KISS with a Who-like urgency and wit and the Beach Boys' celestial pop epiphanies...The album's slip into a stretch of three uneventful songs is puzzling, but Weezer recovers for "The Angel and the One," which ends this march through the material plane on a note of spiritual transcendence.
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Reviewer Richard Cromelin
ReviewRating 9
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Artist Weezer
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
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Alternative Press The Red Album is a wonderful jumping-off point for their second wind.
Hot Press Rivers Cuomo and co. deliver another scintillating collection of punk-pop -- with added experimentation.
MusicOMH.com ...brings forward everything they do best, with hooks aplenty, emotive and funny lyrics, all washed down with the odd frisson of self doubt.
Q Magazine Everything is supercharged and melodic, like a poppy version of Nirvana.
Uncut ...delivers the band's trademark combo of crushing power chords, pop-culture references and a healthy dose of ironic self-ridicule.

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