Weezer – Raditude Weezer – Raditude

Weezer - Raditude

Weezer - Raditude

The first thing we all need to do is concede that this is not going to be The Blue Album or Pinkerton. They were a different band back then and their lives have changed; which translates as “they’re famous and getting laid now, and have stopped doing (insert toxic substance here)”. The second thing we all need to do is make it very clear that talking shit about Pinkerton will result in fisticuffs. I won’t apologize, that’s just how I feel. Lastly, we’ll all have to agree that everything after Pinkerton is like the out-of-focus background in a photograph—a little fuzzy, hard to ignore, but perhaps out-of-focus for a reason.

I suppose calling it the out-of-focus foreground would make more sense; although, I don’t know nearly enough about photography or art to know if that’s even possible.

In a perfect world, my analogies would not be affected by light and color and physics, my stomach would be able to tolerate dairy products and Weezer’s post-Pinkerton era would not be complete shit. Unfortunately, natural science is real, I can’t eat ice cream for shit and everything Weezer has produced in the last 10+ years has been awful.

I don’t read enough of the message boards or blogs or twitter feeds to think I know what these dudes think or aspire to achieve, but my hope was that Raditude would have the clarity of their first two albums, rather than the fuzziness of everything after. But like my analogies and lactose intolerance, life ain’t perfect, and neither is this album and all I had hoped for. But it doesn’t totally suck either.

As almost anyone could have predicted, there are a few songs like that shitty “Beverly Hills” song that are supposed to be all tongue-in-cheek, but it’s just so fucking obvious that it’s not even amusing in anyway; especially after hearing it the millionth time. (Fuck, don’t ever drive across the country in a U-Haul with nothing but an AM/FM radio in 2005). But Every time you’re just about to call bullshit on Rivers Cuomo being a genius songwriter, musician, etc. – the band busts out with a song that brings you back to places that The Blue Album and Pinkerton took you to in the first place. And that’s kinda worth it.

Track Listing:
Disc: 1
1. (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
2. I’m Your Daddy
3. Girl Got Hot
4. Can’t Stop Partying ft. 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

Disc: 2 (Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks)
1. Get Me Some
2. Run Over by a Truck
3. Prettiest Girl in the Whole World
4. Underdogs

Weezer - Raditude, reviewed by Delicious on 2009-11-04T16:20:13-08:00 rating 2.7 out of 5

2 Responses about “Weezer – Raditude”

  • Anonymous says:

    peeps need to get over the fact that they’re not going to make Blue or Pinkerton again. srsly. it ain’t happening. i genuinely believe they’re making exactly the kind of music they want to make totally removed from anyone’s expectations. it just so happens that it’s absurdly simplified, emotionally detached, commercial pop. even so, “I Want You To” is straight bliss.

  • Josh says:

    That dog is awesome as fuck though. Haven’t heard it yet, probably gonna pirate it, but i trust your judgement enough to not pay a hard earned dollar.