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Weezer (Red Album)

Weezer Audio CD
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1. Troublemaker
2. The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)
3. Pork and Beans
4. Heart Songs
5. Everybody Get Dangerous
6. Dreamin'
7. Thought I Knew
8. Cold Dark World
9. Automatic
10. The Angel and the One

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2008 album from the Alternative rockers. Weezer, one of the biggest and most influential bands of the last decade will, for the third time in its six-album history, release a self-titled album already being referred to by people as The Red Album. Comprised of sessions produced by Rick Rubin, Jacknife Lee and the band itself, the album is adventurous and undeniably Weezer. The first single, the quirky and catchy 'Pork and Beans', was recorded under the watch of the Irishman Lee and already a Modern Rock smash hit. 10 tracks.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Trouble Makers...? Sept. 16 2008
Format:Audio CD
This whole album seems to be tongue in Cheek. "I am the greatest man that ever lived"..."step up I'll mess with your face" etc. Great starting kick with Troublemaker. Heart Songs talks about their influences and is another standout. Pork and Beans has a great message "I look in the mirror and I'm tickled pink, I don't give a hoot about what you think." Be happy with yourselves the way you are kids! Who cares what anyone thinks!

Great CD. Best Weezer CD since the Blue album.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars red album July 26 2008
Format:Audio CD
Although weaned on prog-metal, educated in classical music at Harvard, and once viewed as a representative of the indie rock set, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo prefers to write simple music that can be easily enjoyed by a mass audience. It was one of many elements that defined him in the beginning, on his band's hugely popular 1994 self-titled debut (The Blue Album), if one of few remaining characteristics defining his music today.

Following poor initial sales of the record's follow-up, the more introspective cult hit Pinkerton, Cuomo famously retreated from the public eye. Over the next five years, the band would remain silent, cultivating goodwill and an ever-growing army of fans. But most of that goodwill has deteriorated since their re-emergence in 2001, in the wake of three mediocre-to-awful albums that were, in many ways, the opposite of what made Cuomo's band so adored in the first place.

Sadly, the once burned-out Weezer continue to fade away: Those first two records capture their decade in 75 minutes of near-perfect power-pop: straight-faced irony, eccentric sincerity, meta references, and bipolar guitar distortion from ordinary-looking outcasts who became stars and then complained about it. Punk that's too catchy to offend. Pop that's too smart to cop to itself. And, uh, emo. After Pinkerton, the deluge; rap-metal and post-grunge wound up so thoroughly conquering modern rock that now even staunch rockists are making excited noises about "American Idol" winner David Cook. Hey, somebody's supposed to save mainstream rock'n'roll, right?

Not these guys.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Condition Red June 5 2008
By Tim Brough - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Following the path of their color coded classics The Blue Album and The Green Album, Weezer issues their "Red" album and it's their best since, well, the green one. Much like Peter Gabriel's refusal to give his early albums titles, it forces more attention to be paid to the music. Thus, eleven years into making music, this is Weezer facing middle age and they want you to focus.

They do so with both a wink ("Everybody Get Dangerous") and nostalgia (the terrific "Heart Songs"). There's even an attempt at an American Idiot style punk-opera with the oddball "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived." Using the traditional Shaker Hymn as its jumping off point, it's almost as odd as hearing the rest of Weezer sing. The 3/4's of Weezer that isn't Rivers Cuomo take up tracks 7, 8 and 9, with Brian Bell's "Thought I Knew" being the best of the batch. Maybe there was some idea behind democratizing the band. But let's face it, Rivers is the bent mind behind what makes Weezer the most thought provoking. It might not always be the most commercial move he could make and it makes executive bean counters nervous, but it is what makes Weezer, even on their aimless Make Believe album before this one, an exciting band.

So when Cuomo sarcastically lets the record company suits have it for claiming there was no single here, he writes about it in "Pork and Beans."

"Timbaland knows the way
To reach the top of the charts
Maybe if I work with him
I can perfect the art."

It's a soon-to-be classic. But for me, the clincher was "Heart Songs," where Cuomo follows his musical evolution from listening to corny AM radio hits from Michael Jackson to Eddie Rabbit, but hitting the turning point when he hears the album that had "a baby on it, he was naked on it." It's a flattering, sincere ode to the transcendent release of musical creativity (and also one of the most heartfelt songs the band has ever done). It makes Weezer's Red Album their most personal since the confessional Pinkerton, and a solid addition to their discography.
27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Brand New Weezer (3 1/2 stars) June 3 2008
By Mike Coleman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Red Album is the biggest surprise that this band has released to this date. While at times it has its typical weezer hooks, chugging power chords, and cuomo melodies, this album sheds a whole new light on who Weezer actually is today in 2008. It's the first Weezer album where the other members had the same amount of insight as Rivers on ideas for the songs. Some of the songs are sung entirely by other members of the band. Also, the members of the band switch instruments multiple times. I think it is safe to say that this is the most experimental album by far by Weezer.

Troublemaker - This opening track is crazy catchy, but doesn't really go to many places and is probably one of the weakest tracks on the album(especially lyric wise). "Marrying a biatch, Having seven Kiads"...?? The track is able to keep you on your feet, but that's about it.

The Greatest Man That Ever Lived - The most epic track on the album crosses over to many different genres. The song constantly changes for the whole six minutes of the song includes challenging choral pieces, punk breakdowns, pop verses, and original Weezer and Rock melodies.

Pork and Beans - The first single of the album. In a way, it was a tease for what was to come for the album since a chorus of a Weezer song hasn't sounded like this for years. While the verse has a new Weezer feel, the chorus takes you back to 1994. Written after an intense meeting with Geffen, Rivers angrily went home to write this song that is an allout backlash at the record company for not respecting the freedom of the band. "Imma do the things that I want to, I ain't got a thing to prove to you". One of the strongest tracks on the entire album for sure.

Heart Songs - Rivers' influences mean a lot to him. Which is why this sincere ballad another one of the strongest tracks on the album. Describing all of his influences by name, Rivers mentions all of the rockstars and past musicians that helped him become who he is today. At times, the song sounds a bit corny moving into the chorus. But, the bridge is one of the strongest bits on the entire album with insanely catchy overlapping vocals and distorted guitars. He mentions that his room mate showed him "Nevermind" by Nirvana, and that it "broke the chains it had up on me" and by that time he set out to start a rock band with his friends.

Everybody Get Dangerous - One of the hardest tracks on the album. *Personally* its my least favorite on the entire album next to Troublemaker. But at the same time, the song starts out absolutely rockin. I also feel like the verses are really strong. Reminiscent also of the chili peppers and maybe zeppelin. The chorus seems a bit corny, especially with the "boo yah"! The highlight of the song is towards the end where Pat goes off by himself, and the rest of the band is just shouting having fun.

Dreamin' - Rivers pushed this one to be on the album. I see why he did it too. Maybe not the strongest track, but it definitely brings back the Weezer feel to the album. It sounds like a lost track off of Make Believe or Maladroit. Sort of has a "Keep Fishin" type of feel but a little harder. Also, a pretty interesting breakdown with Brian singing lead. Very psychedelic sounding, and then it gets a bit more poppy as it goes on.

Thought I Knew - Brian's song on the album. He sings lead vocals. It definitely has a "Space Twins" or "The Relationship" type of feel on the album. It doesn't sound like a Weezer song at all. But it is a good tune, it just doesn't feel like it flows too well with the rest of the album. The lyrics are definitely nice, as well as the guitar work. The track itself is really great, but I'm not too sure it belongs on here.

Cold Dark World - Scotts song on the album. Another weak one on the album (personally I feel this way). The song doesn't really go anywhere. It just feels dead. Scotts not exactly singing in the verse, its more talking. The chorus "Angel come in a cold dark world, im gonna be your man". The chorus had potential but doesn't really hit it right. The strongest part of the song is when the guitar has a break by itself. It's really pretty.

Automatic - Pats song on the album. Very rockin and pretty awesome. It's really in your face. The only thing that was a dissapointment was the tempo. In the remix that was first released, the tempo was set MUCH MUCH higher. And it gave a whole new feel to the song. Pats vocal perfomance is impressive, and this was definitely a good choice from him and the band to put this one on. Very solid track.

The Angel And The One - One of my favorites on this album by far. This song has one of Rivers' best performances in years. Or maybe it's just nice to hear him talking about love again. It is by far the best album closer since Pinkerton, and has Rivers describing how he is at peace with his love life "I am complete, is what im sayin. I'm flying up so high, my purple majesty displaying". Even the guitar work is beautiful towards the end. Which is nice to hear since the album barely showcases any guitar work. Nothing else to say except that this is a beautiful song.

The other 4 deluxe tracks are amazing. Miss Sweeney starts to sound like Old Weezer but at first sounds like something completely new until it hits the chorus, the full band version of "Pig" is utterly satisfying compared to the demo, The Spider is beautiful and actually very trippy sounding, and lastly King is a great acoustic song sung by Scott. This one should have replaced Cold Dark World. King is a very strong track. I guess the only thing I have to say is that I was dissapointed that there wasn't one real guitar solo on the whole album. Also, the b sides/covers are really awesome so I suggest everybody tries to get their hands on them. Enjoy the album everyone, it is yet another success by Weezer.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Confused by the extreme reactions to this album. June 6 2008
By Kyle Garret - Published on Amazon.com
Is this Weezer's best album? No. It is their worst? No. Is it their strangest? Definitely. It would seem to me, though, that people are either so enamored with the band or so enamored with the past they've lost a critical ear. But let's take it song by song:

1. Troublemaker -- Fairly standard Weezer fare, really, although a bit more pop than perhaps their earlier stuff. Enjoyable, but not really memorable.

2. The Greatest Man That Ever Lived -- Yes, it's strange and rarely repeats -- save for the main chorus -- but each section is pretty catchy on it's own. They lyrics are pretty hilarious.

3. Pork and Beans -- Again, fairly standard Weezer fare, backed by a great video. It's pretty catchy, but not really that interesting.

4. Heart Songs -- Yes, it sounds a bit cheesy when it starts, but it's a great song, backed by an experience we all share: those songs that never leave you, that will always be important no matter how much time passes. It builds really nicely, too.

5. Everybody Get Dangerous -- For what it's worth, I liked "We Are All On Drugs," which probably informs my opinion of this song. I enjoy the heck out of it. The chord changes are great and the lyrics are hilarious -- a great job of taking me back to my youth and a legitimate question: what do we do when our kids act like we did?

6. Dreamin' -- An obvious single, made less obvious by the outro, which is really cool. A good song and classic Weezer.

7. Thought I Knew -- Yes, Brian sings lead on this. And, yes, it doesn't sound like a Weezer song at all, even on a album that's redefining what a "Weezer" song is. On it's own merits, this might be a great song, but it's simply too jarring to hear on the album.

8. Cold Dark World -- Scott sings lead on this one and it's much less jarring to me. I actually like this song. It's fairly driving and Scott delivers his vocals a lot like Rivers (who sings on the choruses).

9. Automatic -- I think this might be Pat on vocals here. Again, a twist from Weezer, but not completely different. It's an okay song. I think a big problem people might have with this album is the fact that these three songs come in a row.

10. The Angel and The One -- This is a great song. This is classic, heartfelt Weezer. I read a review where someone said this album didn't have the emotional appeal that previous Weezer albums have had, and while that might be true on a whole, this song (and Heart Songs) just really hit home.

BONUS TRACKS

11. Miss Sweeney -- I agree with a previous reviewer -- this song makes the bonus album a required purchase. It's just a great song and Rivers' vocal delivery is just so great. It's songs like this that make you realize just how creative Weezer can be.

12. Pig -- Another good one, kind of folksy, kind of earthy, but still quirky in that Weezer way.

13. The Spider -- Yeah, it's a little bizarre and kind of sounds like one of Rivers' home recordings. It might grow on me in time, but now it's just kind of there.

14. King -- Man, I don't know if Scott writes the vocal lines and lyrics or if Rivers handles that and just has Scott sing it, but I have to say that he's pretty freaking great. This is probably better than "Cold Dark World."

Overall, I think it's a good album. I'd have given it 3 and a half stars initially, but I'm sure it will earn the extra half a star going forward.
22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weezer's 'Red Album' aims to please, mostly hits mark June 19 2008
By Dustin Perry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The dudes from Weezer have it rough.

Imagine being part of one of *the* defining rock bands of the mid-'90s post-grunge era -- a band whose members kick-started their careers with back-to-back, indisputable masterpieces (the blue-hued, self-titled debut "Weezer" and its painfully personal, less-pop-sensible follow-up "Pinkerton"). Now imagine the pressure that comes with trying to meet or exceed the stratospheric expectations of both critics and rabid fans looking for you and your bandmates to recreate that magic on subsequent releases -- to, in essence, make lightning strike twice, *twice*.

The band's 2001 comeback (also titled "Weezer," but nicknamed "The Green Album" because of the cover art's color palette) came closest to appeasing their mass of followers, partly because it was seen as somewhat of a return to form, but mostly because it was also literally Weezer's "return" after a four-year hiatus. By the time 2002's mildly praised "Maladroit" came out, even some of the band's most devout loyalists began to lose hope. And don't even mention 2005's schmaltzy "Make Believe" (or its ubiquitous, love-it-or-hate-it single "Beverly Hills") to a Weezer fan unless you want to get punched in the face.

So, does the band's sixth LP "Weezer" (dubbed "The Red Album" for clarity's sake) manage to finally recapture the glory days of the emo-pop foursome at their creative peak? Well ... no. I think by now, it's obvious that doing so would be impossible, which is why I believe "Red" (and the rest of the post-"Pinkerton" albums, for that matter) shouldn't be judged against the band's earlier work. Instead, it should be appreciated for what it is: a well-rounded collection of catchy, decent-to-great pop songs that, at the very least, will leave even the most finicky Weezophile satisfied.

If you've logged on to YouTube in the last couple of weeks, there's a good chance you've seen the video for "Pork and Beans," the album's first single. It's the band's latest incarnation of "Buddy Holly" -- after "Hash Pipe," "The Good Life," "Keep Fishin'" and "Beverly Hills" -- and was written by lead singer Rivers Cuomo to spite record executives who pressured him to pen a radio-friendly hit. (Ironically, with its inescapable chorus and driving guitar rhythms, all crammed into a perfect three-minute run time, "Pork and Beans" is the summer's prime candidate for nonstop airplay on Top 40 stations across the country.)

Elsewhere, Cuomo plants his tongue firmly in his cheek for a song detailing rock star excess ("Troublemaker"); "boo-yah"s his way through a speedy, metal-inspired tune about his days as a reckless teenage prankster ("Everybody Get Dangerous"); and lays out a laundry list of his diverse musical influences ("Heart Songs"). The band's most epic experiment to date comes in the form of "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)," a six-minute, Queen-esque rock opera that cobbles together rapping, Prince-like falsetto wailing and church-choir backing vocals.

When I heard each of the three other band members -- guitarist Brian Bell, bassist Scott Shriner and drummer Patrick Wilson -- would be getting lead-vocal duties for one track apiece on this album, I was a bit leery. And alas, after hearing their respective entries, my fears were largely confirmed. Bell's "Thought I Knew," Shriner's "Cold Dark World" and Wilson's "Automatic" aren't necessarily "bad" songs; their biggest detriment is simply due to the fact that, without Cuomo's trademark voice, not one of them is identifiable as a Weezer Song. Sequenced one after another near the end of the album, they have a jarring effect on the listener, like someone placed a trio of generic alt-rock staples from 1999 on the CD as a joke.

The best way to wash the aftertaste of those misfires out of your mouth is to pick up the deluxe edition of "Weezer," which includes four Cuomo-sung bonus cuts, including fan favorite "Pig" and the heart-laid-bare "Miss Sweeney," about a real estate executive who secretly pines for his secretary.

Pound for pound, The Red Album is another solid effort from the elder statesmen of emo. And although this album doesn't come close to matching the decade-defining influence of Weezer's first two outings, it definitely gets points for *not* trying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Life and Feelings of a Rock Star (Actually I am reviewing the deluxe version) June 3 2008
By Michael D. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
[Review of the deluxe version but the songs I talk about are on the short version too] Wow, a new Weezer CD and I was able to get the deluxe long version four days early too. Never mind how that happened. Another self titled album, Weezer "Red". I had a feeling they would do that again someday, and put out another self titled album. A note, Peter Gabriel has three self titled albums all on different label but not solid colored. What I did not expect was this particular album. Finally a CD length CD from Weezer, at just under 60 minutes. But only as the deluxe version. Oh, well.

After having heard the new "single" from the album, "Pork and Beans" I figured that this album would be a lot like their previous one. Well, that could not have been more wrong. Some of it sounds typically Weezer, yet other aspects of it (most of the songs), have me feeling "Where did that come from." Well, the liner notes sort of answer that. From the mind and soul of Rivers. Yet this seems to be a part of him that we've never seen before. I can't say if I love it or hate it. The few faster, more Weezer like songs are great, but the others? It leaves me feeling similarly to how I felt after first hearing the Smashing Pumpkins Adore album, "what?" I gradually grew to really like that album but it is like in a different niche in my mind from their other work. I'll have to see how I feel about the slower half (slower two thirds of the deluxe version), and basically later part of the new Red Weezer CD after a few listenings.

This album could have been called "The Life and Feelings of a Rock Star." Most of the songs are probably not autobiographical but Rivers uses himself as a metaphor for how he feels about life in general. On the surface it may seem egotistical but it is deeper than that. A bit like the Kinks self-parody in many of their songs. This could be the 21st Century's "Lola Versus Powerman and the Money Go-Round Part 2". But unlike the Kinks, Weezer (Red) has no story line, but it still seems to have a concept to  of it.

My thoughts on some of the songs. "Troublemaker": Typical Weezer music with a heavy edge. Lyrics are kind of punky yet self-parodying. "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)": If you were expecting sacred music, guess again. The Shaker reference is only because parts of the melody and the piano running through much of the song sounds like a Shaker hymn. Interestingly, this "hymn" music has riffs that sound like typical Weezer, hmmm. This song is about being a rock star - but in the Kinks type of parody, not the dark Pink Floyd "The Wall" sort. This is a long piece in several "movements". Rivers seems to ape or reference many artists that were probably influential on him. After the intro, the first part starts with a rap like theme (not sure of any specific artist), then a portion that again I am not sure who it might be like. Then there is a short Beatles-like verse. Then there are several verses that sound like a combination of Queen, Mott the Hoople, Mark Bolan, and David Bowie (i.e., a glam-rock thing). Rivers does a nice job with the voices. Then there is a more Weezer-like chorus. Now comes a spoken work section that seems to reference the Kinks' "Perservation Act 1" and "Perservation Act 2" and a few other Kinks songs and albums from the early to mid nineteen seventies. After that, we get an almost hymn chorus with Beach Boys like harmony. Nice! The song ends with a fast Weezer-like rendition of the chorus. Strange but cool song.

"Pork and Beans": Looks like the big hit of the album. Sounds like Weezer. Simple but effective riff and some power chords. "Heart Songs": Is a pop song were Rivers directly names the artists that he has on his mind. Some of these may surprise you; Abba! "Everybody Get Dangerous": A heavy song that definitely reminds me of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. This song is about many of the possible dumb, dangerous, risky, and extreme things young people often do and later wonder how they ever survived their youth. It ends with some Mick Jagger like hooting and hollerin'. Actually a good track like "Pork and Beans."

"Dreamin'": Sounds like Weezer. "Thought I Knew": Great catchy pop song. This one was written by Brian Bell and sung by (I think) Pat. Rivers Cuomo plays drums and Pat Wilson is playing guitar. This is a technique used by R.E.M. of old when Bill Berry was still in the band: They would switch instruments on some songs. It can produce some interesting and great results. "Cold Dark World": Sounds like it could be a theme song for an episode of the TV show "Criminal Minds." Rather creepy. Is that a Talk Box I hear? Do they still make those things? Are Weezer friends with Joe Walsh or Peter Frampton? Seems like Joe Walsh's style more.

I wont try to analyze what all these songs actually mean to the wider implications of this album and Weezer's career. Other people can describe the other 6 songs. Actually my biggest complaint with this CD is the tiny print for the liner notes to each song. I need a magnifier to read them. The lyrics themselves are large enough. Again these are only my opinions at this time, I might easily be persuaded to change by some insightful and mature discussion.
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