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Posted by: Dave on June 10, 2008 at 9:07 am

WeezerRedSound: Classic Weezer – a mix of riffin’, poppy rockers and breezier, dreamier odes with easy-to-hum melodies and a loose, carefree attitude. This album differs from the rest of their catalogue for a couple reasons, though: 1. Three songs clock in at over 5 minutes – two of them are multi-sectioned epics – which is unusual for the habitually brief band. 2. For the first time, each of the three bandmembers that aren’t frontman Rivers Cuomo actually sing lead on a song – guitarist Brian Bell (“Thought I Knew”) and drummer Pat Wilson (“Automatic”) even wrote their tunes, while Rivers wrote “Cold Dark World” for bassist Scott Shriner to sing.
Heavy Rotation tracks: none
Medium Rotation tracks: “Dreamin'”; “Cold Dark World”; “Thought I Knew”; “Everybody Get Dangerous”
Recommended: The Red Album suffers from being lyrically lazy and uninspired. Rivers Cuomo can still write plenty of catchy hooks, but his slacker, silly wordplay and rhyming-for-the-sake-of-rhyming style often feels tired. Thankfully, though, he passes the pen and the mic to his bandmates on three occasions, which make for three of their fresher (but certainly not their best) tracks in years. There are enough curveballs and memorable moments on The Red Album to pique your interest, though this certainly isn’t one of Weezer’s finest moments.
Grade: B

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