02 November 2009
by Luke Morton
It was only last year when that Weezer released their sixth studio- and third eponymous album (dubbed The Red Album by fans and critics alike), but now they’re back with Raditude, the album Rivers Cuomo should never have written.
Maybe Weezer are trying to maintain their resurgent popularity (thanks the kids who discovered Weezer through Pork & Beans), but Raditude is not the way to do it. It’s an awful mix of middle-aged men singing about adolescent relationships and not really trying to be ironic about it. The band seem to have forgotten their previous 15 years work and gone straight in for the cliché ridden world of pop-rock love songs – and the resulting record is abysmal.
Starting from the first single, ‘(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To’, you’re flung face first into a wall of pop-rock hooks, insipid choruses, and lyrics that make you want to tear your eardrums out before you actually realise what you just heard. The lyrics for the entire LP are fairly lacklustre, with such examples as “not just in oh-ten and oh-eleven, we’ll be together from now until we’re up in heaven” and “we’re reaching straight for the top, our engine never will stop”.
While songs such as ‘Buddy Holly’, ‘My Name Is Jonas’ and ‘Hash Pipe’ wre all great Weezer songs to get up and dance to, the tracks on this album virtuall force your hand toward the skip track button. The odd bursts of potential are squandered, with tracks like ‘Let It All Hang Out’ descending into something utterly unimpressive. There’s even the odd bit of token experimentalism tossed in for good measure, with pianos, sitars and Lil Wayne all making appearances.
Watch the video to ‘(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To’
Raditude is an release that isn’t actually needed by anyone – at all. It’s not often an album conceived, written and released in the year following its predecessor is particularly good and this is no exception. With almost every song is about girls, relationships and the emotions of going through it all, the result is that Raditude is simply painful to listen to.
Sounds Like: a band choking on their own success
Top Tracks: Let It All Hang Out, I’m Your Daddy
Weezer – Raditude tracklisting
(If You’re Wondering If I Want To) I Want To
I’m Your Daddy
The Girl Got Hot
Can’t Stop Partying
Put Me Back Together
Tripping Down The Freeway
Love Is The Answer
Let It All Hang Out
In The Mall
I Don’t Want To Let You Go
Turn Me Round
Get Me Some
Run Over By A Truck
The Prettiest Girl In The Whole Wide World