Make Believe

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's never easy to predict exactly which of his multiple personalities Rivers Cuomo will put on display when he returns from one of his side trips away from Planet Weezer -- the most recent of which took him to another stint at Harvard. Judging by the overall tone of Make Believe, the granddaddy of emo is still in close touch with his inner geek, the socially inept outsider desperate for love and totally unsure where to look for it. That anxiety lurks at the core of sadly soaring hook fests like "Hold Me" and the obsessive "We Are All on Drugs" -- on which his yelp conveys all the tortured post-adolescent yearning of Pinkerton's best moments. The disc, which clocks in ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's never easy to predict exactly which of his multiple personalities Rivers Cuomo will put on display when he returns from one of his side trips away from Planet Weezer -- the most recent of which took him to another stint at Harvard. Judging by the overall tone of Make Believe, the granddaddy of emo is still in close touch with his inner geek, the socially inept outsider desperate for love and totally unsure where to look for it. That anxiety lurks at the core of sadly soaring hook fests like "Hold Me" and the obsessive "We Are All on Drugs" -- on which his yelp conveys all the tortured post-adolescent yearning of Pinkerton's best moments. The disc, which clocks in at an epic for Weezer 45 minutes, has its share of unabashed rock moments, most notably the purposefully cheesy, inexorably driving "Beverly Hills," but the sonic palette is considerably broader than the band's earlier offerings. As often as not, the songs take surprising shapes -- from the neo┬ľTodd Rundgren dream-pop tone of "The Damage in Your Heart" to the airy, harmony-centered "Freak Me Out," on which Cuomo croons atop a synthetic beat like the bastard child of Paul McCartney and one of the guys in Naked Eyes. The band saves the biggest departure for last, closing the disc with the deliberately paced ballad "Haunt You Every Day," which takes seven full minutes to wind its way through a forest of piano and strings, leaving an appropriately misty wake. Make Believe isn't rife with the sort of instantly contagious sing-alongs that normally mark Weezer discs, and the angst is tempered somewhat by a new sense of melodic maturity. But beneath the placid surface, there's still plenty of passion -- and that's something few bands can convey with the honesty of Weezer.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As a Rolling Stone cover story on newsstands the week before the release of Make Believe made clear, Weezer leader Rivers Cuomo is an odd, ornery sort. He's a genuine rock & roll maverick, at once attracted and repelled by his star status, disappearing for long stretches at a time, often to return to college. He writes and records far more songs than whatever winds up on a final Weezer record, which are often whittled down to just 30 or 40 minutes, leaving untold numbers of songs in the vaults. What makes the situation even stranger is for as obstinate and unpredictable as he is, Cuomo does not make odd music: he's a pop songwriter fronting a hard rock band, equally enamored with big choruses and loud guitars. While each of Weezer's records has a defining characteristic -- whether it's a sound, a lyrical theme, or simply an emotional feel -- that separates it from its predecessor, each album is clearly written from the same perspective: that of a brainy misfit raised on cheap metal and new wave, whose nerdiness always kept him on the outside looking in. This was true even after Cuomo became a star, thanks in large part to how he had a gift for articulating how very awkward he felt within the constructs of a catchy, melodic, concise pop song. But as rock stars since Elvis have learned, fans are a demanding lot, especially when they identify so heavily with a specific work, as Weezer's cult did with Pinkerton, the band's second album. It flopped upon its 1996 release but became a word-of-mouth hit over the next five years, leading up to their eagerly awaited comeback, Weezer, their second eponymous album that is otherwise known as The Green Album. Appropriately for a self-titled affair, Weezer functioned as an introduction to a new incarnation of a band, one that sounded similar but had a different outlook: namely, one that was deliberately notintrospective, a conscious shift away from plaintive introspection of Pinkerton. The Green Album and its quickly released 2002 follow-up, Maladroit, were both sharply written, tightly constructed, quite excellent, and popular rock records, but that didn't stop some fans from grumbling that neither album was as affecting as Pinkerton. Those same fans will likely not be happy with Cuomo's return to musical, emotional bloodletting with 2005's Make Believe. It may be a spiritual cousin to Pinkerton, yet it's far removed from the raw, nervy immediacy of that album. Nearly ten years separate the two records, a long time by any measure, so it shouldn't be a surprise that Cuomo has a far different emotional outlook here. On Make Believe he purposely avoids the pain and torture of Pinkerton, where the guitars exploded and scraped, complementing the torment in his lyrics. Here, Cuomo is trying to sort things out, sometimes beating himself up over past mistakes, sometimes looking at his surroundings sardonically, but something separates Make Believe from previous Weezer albums: a palpable sense of optimism, a feeling of hope, a new positivity. That's not really what the legions of Pinkerton fans are looking for. They're likely going to find some of his lyrics perilously close to a self-help manual, particularly when Cuomo writes a sappy ode to his best friend -- and it's pretty much a given that they won't respond to Rick Rubin's sleek, layered, propulsive production, which makes Weezer sound far more new wave than Ric Ocasek ever did. Rubin also keeps the band far away from the pseudo-new wave of the Killers and the Bravery, which is why he's a highly paid pro. But let those fans pine for the past, because the very things that they'll find irritating about Make Believe are what make it yet another first-rate Weezer record. Part of the band's appeal is that Cuomo not only skirts the edge of embarrassment, he frequently passes far beyond it, and while that very trait is irritating in the hands of lesser-talented emo bands, in Rivers, it's quite ingratiating and endearing because he has the musical skills to back up his self-analysis. He never overwrites, either in his words or melodies, his songs are carefully, precisely crafted pop, and his love of metal and rock gives his music muscle and balls. These gifts are as evident on Make Believe as they had been on every other Weezer record -- the only difference is this has a lighter, brighter feel than any of its predecessors, not just in the music but in its outlook. It might not be what Weezer fans want, but as that aforementioned Rolling Stone article made clear, Cuomo never cared much about that in the first place. If they're not immediately taken with Make Believe, give it time. After all, Pinkerton didn't win fans immediately.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2005
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602498812884
  • Catalog Number: 000452012
  • Sales rank: 37,694

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beverly Hills (3:16)
  2. 2 Perfect Situation (4:15)
  3. 3 This Is Such a Pity (3:24)
  4. 4 Hold Me (4:22)
  5. 5 Peace (3:53)
  6. 6 We Are All on Drugs (3:35)
  7. 7 The Damage in Your Heart (4:02)
  8. 8 Pardon Me (4:15)
  9. 9 My Best Friend (2:47)
  10. 10 The Other Way (3:16)
  11. 11 Freak Me Out (3:26)
  12. 12 Haunt You Every Day (7:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Weezer Primary Artist
Akiko Tarumoto Violin
Jason Freese Saxophone
Stephanie Eitel Vocals, Background Vocals
Doug Forsdick Guitar
Akiko Turamoto Violin
Technical Credits
Weezer Producer
Rick Rubin Producer, Audio Production
Jim Scott Engineer
Rivers Cuomo Composer
Francesca Restrepo Art Direction
Chad Bamford Producer, Engineer
Jordan Schur Executive Producer
Ryan Williams Digital Editing
Mike Fasano Drum Technician
Bobby Schneck Guitar Techician
Jeff Kwatinetz Management
Vlado Meller Mastering
Carson Ellis Illustrations
Doug Forsdick Guitar Techician
Kelly Perkins Management
Chris Bamford Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You will learn to love it.

    Though this album at first may seems something hard to swallow but after hearing it a couple of times you begin to see that Rivers was not the instigator of this album but it's clearly the rest of the group. In fact the band asked Rivers to write songs again. You can hear the input of the each member of the band in this album and since this is an album that they really wanted it to be made for themselves then we clearly see the creative input by who. I guess the bands might be going a different direction with the new bass player in tow and all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not the best but cool

    this cd is not the bes t weezer cd ever but its cool i do enjoy most of the songs like such a pity, pardon me, beverly hills, perfected situation. but there were disapointments. like the fact they use the piano. thats more like pop than rock and when i buy a weezer cd i expect rock. but the words are very interesting. i do recomend this cd to people who love great music. =w= still rocks!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    Another great album with bittersweet tonality and lyrics to match it. The hit track "Beverly Hills" topped #1 on the Billboard charts and other great songs including "This is Such a Pity", "Hold Me", and "We Are All on Drugs" are also key tracks to look out for. Rivers' lyrics, however, seem more straight forward and "cliche-y" if you will, opposed to the clever, witty lyrics of the Pinkerton days. Over all, it is an excellent (and catchy!)album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Weezer Rolling Again

    After many fans were disappointed by "Maladroit", Weezer's 2002 album, they again have reason to rejoice. "Make Believe". This album is right up there with the band's first release Weezer Blue. In the first track, "Beverley Hills", Rivers raps to metal. In "Perfect Situation" you hear the piano which is rare for Weezer whose signature is power chords in measures of three. "This is Such a Pity" is a charming 80's ballad and there's the upbeat "We Are All On Drugs". The songs are about Weezer's frontman Rivers Cuomo shyness, loud, routy people in L.A., or a spider. The album open with a bang in "Beverly Hills" and ends with the mesmorizing "Haunt You Everyday". A must have for any Weezer or even any music fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    you must buy this

    So good. Weezer never dissapoints. Come as you are Rivers makes everyone welcome. Young and old geek or jock you have to have Make Believe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Great Album

    This album is more in the direction of Blue and Pinkerton. I just love this album and every song is so different yet it blends well together. My favorite songs are This is Such a Pity and We Are All On Drugs. My suggestion - see Weezer live and get this album ASAP!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Different is good.

    If you already like Weezer, you'll love this album. If you're new to Weezer, this album is a good introduction. Although it is not like the previous albums, it definitely has some great tunes which are soon to be favorites. I can't wait for the radio stations to start playing some of the other songs on the album. If you've only heard "Beverly Hills" thus far, wait till you hear the rest! It's great. There are some upbeat songs like "Beverly Hills", but there are some slower, sadder songs too, that are a great listen. You can definitely sense River Cuomo's spirit in the music. This album is better than the last two, for sure! Try it! You'll love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Make Believe" album of the year !

    Weezer has done some very beautiful albums,but Make Believe is a definite favorite!! If you haven't bought the album yet, go buy it! You will love it! It has songs that really touch you! It's a must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    weezer has done it again

    Weezer has done it again with their indie/emo/rock style alive in the hearts of millions as their album reached number two at its debut on May 10. If you liked Weezer before, you are sure to love them now. I give it two thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    make believe

    when i heard beverley hills for the first time i was worried. it was not the weezer sound that i was used to. after much deliberating about it i realised that it was ok but did i really want to buy an album where the first single i only thought of as ok??? in the end my love of past weezer albums convinced me that it waould be a worthwhile buy..and was i right??? the album rocks!!!!!! it starts off with beverley hills which again worried me at first listen but the second song, and third, and forth and so on put my mind at ease. this album is a progression from the previos weezer albums. if you don't like beverley hills don't worry, it sounds nothing like it (and its the first track so its easy to skip). weel worth it and i highly recommend it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BUY THIS ALBUM

    I'm an avid weezer fan so I was ready for whatever the band threw at me. I count this album as my third favorite album (blue and pinkerton are in a tie for first). "make believe" has several new and different sounds to it, but I could still hear the weezerness in each song. "hold me" could have come straight out of pinkerton and "we are all on drugs" had a maladroit meets the blue album feel. This is an album well worth owning, so please buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Weeztastic!-ish...

    Okay, 'Make Believe' is a decent album. The only criticism I have is about the lyrics. Mainly just the song, "My Best Friend". This is just a bad song, the lyrics are horrendous. I love them all, and am pleased to say that they made up for "My Best Friend" with "Haunt You Every Day". A wonderful song. The diehard Weezer fans will have some doubts and criticism about 'Make Believe', but it doesn't mean they hate it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    weezer does it once more!

    once again, eezer is at the front of music future, leading the way conservitivly, but wonderfully. Different from all the other albums,but has the heart of blue/green and comesfrom he same place as pinkerton.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty frickin' aweseom

    Some may say that this is not Weezer's best album, but I'd say they'd be wrong. The songs on this album are very well written and expertly played. Mozart couldn't write these songs better and he was a child prodigy. The tunes are catchy but not too cute. Anyone who loves Weezer or who loves music at all will enjoy Make Believe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Weezer CD is da bomb-diggity!

    If you like any of Weezer's CD's, you will love this one. Takes the best of all the different sounds they have had, and puts them all in one CD! Definitely recommend!!!A++++++++++++++++++

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Weezer is Weezer

    This album rocks ! Rivers Cuomo hasn't sounded like this since Pinkerton and the songs are done with sincerity and the gusto Weezer didn't have on their last two albums. This isn't a Blue and Pinkerton baby it has it's individual vibe and sound. Some songs are rocking with the moog..theres some keyboard action and best of all the harmonica is back! Don't listen to the album expecting Blue or Pinkerton treat it as Make Believe and you can experience an amazing album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    Weezer has been one of my favorite bands since they came out with the blue album and I have to say "Make Believe" doesn't dissapoint. Every time I listen to this album I love it more and more. It has definitly become one of my favorite cds. Some of my favorite tracks are "Peace," "Perfect Situation" and "Other Way."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Weezer is back!

    Its safe to say that weezer is back. They've managed to create an album that has successfully combined sounds from all of their previous albums. Not only are the songs on make believe catchy, they also carry meaning. Believe me...you won't turn this one off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Come To Where The Flavor Is...Come to Weezer Country

    For those of you left wondering "what happened?" after hearing Weezer's last two albums, 'Make Believe' is return to the Weezer you all know and love. Catchy riffs, heart-felt lyrics and sassy hand claps will put 'Make Believe' at the top of your summer play list. I recently had the chance to check out the band in Chicago and the new stuff, as well as the old, sounds absolutely amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Weezer's Come a Long Way

    I've been a fan of Weezer since "The Blue Album" came out, and I wasn't sure what to expect with "Make Believe." I bought the CD the day it came out, not knowing what to expect. I popped it into my CD player and I can say, I was not disappointed. A quick rundown of some songs: "Beverly Hills" - first single, catchy like Blue Album songs, solid. I also love the video for it (which you can see on their website, weezer.com). "This is Such a Pity" - very 80s, possible tribute to the Cars. This is a really good song, and to be honest, I wasn't sure if I liked it at first. However, listening to it multiple times over and then hearing it live made me appreciate it much more. It shows how diverse Weezer can be. "We Are all on Drugs" - The chorus gets stuck in my head, admittedly, and the song rocks. I would say it's somewhere in between Blue Album and Pinkerton with elements of Maladroit in it. "Pardon Me" & "Haunt You Every Day" - slower songs that Rivers shows what he has. I think he writes really beautiful lyrics that show a sensitive side of Weezer. The layers of the songs are really wonderful, too. So should you buy "Make Believe?" Definitely. If you're sitting on the fence about it, Weezer's new album shows their versatility and their evolution. Bands that stay the same throughout time get boring. That isn't Weezer, and it is very evident with "Make Believe." In addition to the great songs, the artwork is really incredible with full lyrics and really interesting drawings, as well as great photos. The CD also has some bonus stuff (videos, stuff to access online) that I would recommend to anyone, whether or not you're a hardcore Weezer fan.

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