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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Leaping from the majors to the indies, Weezer misses not a beat, choosing to continue the co-writing craze Rivers Cuomo kicked off on 2009's Raditude. Hurley -- named after Jorge Garcia's beloved Lost character for no particular reason, but anybody with three eponymous albums in an eight-LP career doesn't care much for titles in the first place -- is marginally louder and rougher than the clean sheen of Raditude, but not enough to fool anybody into thinking this is a punk rebirth. For Cuomo, independence means he can follow whatever notion seizes his fancy, and in this case he's capitalizing on collaborations, penning eight of Hurley's ten songs (the album runs ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Leaping from the majors to the indies, Weezer misses not a beat, choosing to continue the co-writing craze Rivers Cuomo kicked off on 2009's Raditude. Hurley -- named after Jorge Garcia's beloved Lost character for no particular reason, but anybody with three eponymous albums in an eight-LP career doesn't care much for titles in the first place -- is marginally louder and rougher than the clean sheen of Raditude, but not enough to fool anybody into thinking this is a punk rebirth. For Cuomo, independence means he can follow whatever notion seizes his fancy, and in this case he's capitalizing on collaborations, penning eight of Hurley's ten songs (the album runs four longer on a Deluxe Edition that includes a strong cover of Coldplay's "Viva la Vida") with a roster so diverse it borders on the nonsensical. Rivers is open to writing with anybody: he'll construct slick modern pop with professional songsmiths Desmond Child and Linda Perry; sharpen up his power pop with the assistance of fellow former college rockers Dan Wilson and Ryan Adams, whose respective "Ruling Me" and "Run Away" are among the album's highlights; and craft his sweetest, smartest tunes with No Doubt's Tony Kanal (the crisp "Smart Girls") and Rick Nowels, who co-wrote the classic "You Get What You Give" with Gregg Alexander and collaborates on "Hang On" here -- then, of all people, Cuomo gets old pro Mac Davis to work on the closer, "Time Flies." Nothing on paper ties all these writers together but Rivers is the common denominator, so there's a consistency of sound -- his co-writers amplify quirks and help him hone his craft, turning the songs tight and efficient. Sometimes, the quirks become overwhelming -- the one-note joke "Where's My Sex?" wears out its welcome by the second verse -- but usually the melodies and riffs are clean, simple, and powerful, hooking immediately and sticking around for a while. Again, Cuomo doesn't suppress his emotion; he just prefers sentiment (albeit delivered somewhat ironically as on lead single "Memories"), but what he loves most of all is a pure pop song and Hurley offers up its fair share.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2010
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • UPC: 045778712625
  • Catalog Number: 87126
  • Sales rank: 73,980

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Memories (3:14)
  2. 2 Ruling Me (3:29)
  3. 3 Trainwrecks (3:21)
  4. 4 Unspoken (3:00)
  5. 5 Where's My Sex? (3:28)
  6. 6 Run Away (2:55)
  7. 7 Hang On (3:33)
  8. 8 Smart Girls (3:10)
  9. 9 Brave New World (3:56)
  10. 10 Time Flies (3:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Weezer Primary Artist
Desmond Child Piano
Brian Bell Group Member
Tony Berg Hurdy-Gurdy
Jimmy Harry Guitar
Greg Vail Flute
Dan Wilson Background Vocals
Patrick Wilson Group Member
Rivers Cuomo Group Member
Ryan Adams Bass, Guitar
Scott Shriner Group Member
Cat Gray Viola
Blake Mills Keyboards
Michael Cera Mandolin, Background Vocals
Theresa Leonard Percussion
Chris Pontius Guitar
Gabrielle Hamann-Guennette Cello
Kayleigh Miller Viola
Kellen McDaniel Viola
Yoon-Kyung Shin Violin
Devin Franco Cello
Avram Sills Percussion
Brian Sherwood Viola
Carrie Campbell Viola
Jeremy Van Sylke Violin
Maria Van Der Sloot Violin
Emily Botel Violin
John Batchelder Viola
Cecilia Huerta Cello
Allegra Young Violin
Technical Credits
Mac Davis Composer
Desmond Child Composer
Jimmy Harry Composer
Rick Nowels Composer
Linda Perry Composer
Greg Wells Composer
Dan Wilson Composer
Rivers Cuomo Composer, Producer
Dave Collins Mastering
Danny Clinch Band Photo
Tony Kanal Composer
Ryan Adams Composer
Cameron Webb Engineer
Alex Greenwald Orchestration
Ben Patterson Marketing
Johannes Gamble Art Direction
Shawn Everett Producer, Engineer
Florian Krentz Orchestration
Simon Gamache Orchestration
Daniel Field Cover Photo
Tyler Fitzmaurice String Arrangements
Allegra Young String Arrangements
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