With 2001's "The Green Album", Weezer re-invented themselves,as a straight-foward rock band. Their songs became shorter in length,and packed less of the emotional punch of their two previous efforts (see "The Blue Album (1994), and "Pinkerton" (1996), what remained were the extremely catchy melodies that have propelled songwriter Rivers Cuomo to stardom. With "Maladroit", Cuomo once again seeks to re-invent himself, and has for the most part succeeded. "Maladroit" is infinitely "heavier" than it's predecessor, both lyrically, and musically. The songwriting is also far darker and often delves back into the rocky emotional terrain, Cuomo previously explored in "Pinkerton". While the work is not entirely strong as a whole, contained here are some of the best Weezer songs to date. There are several standout tracks including, "Slob", "Slave", "Death and Destruction",and "Take Control". These tracks showcase blistering rock riffs, as well as intelligent and personal songwriting. The rest is more fun-time rock n' roll, and I mean that in the best way. Simply put, Weezer has made an album that rocks, and that was all they set out to do.