Maladroit

Maladroit

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by Weezer
     
 

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There's something about the way Rivers Cuomo and company chew on the most basic forms of rock sustenance -- cheesy '70s-metal riffs, shout-along choruses worthy of any stock car rally, and, of course, their fearless leader's heart-on-sleeve vulnerability -- that makes Weezer the least likely rock archetype for the new millennium. Still, on this apparent rush-job (one

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There's something about the way Rivers Cuomo and company chew on the most basic forms of rock sustenance -- cheesy '70s-metal riffs, shout-along choruses worthy of any stock car rally, and, of course, their fearless leader's heart-on-sleeve vulnerability -- that makes Weezer the least likely rock archetype for the new millennium. Still, on this apparent rush-job (one day short of a year since their previous effort), the band sounds as snotty and sincere -- a combination that's mighty hard to pull off -- as any combo in recent memory. Cuomo's dalliance with decadence returns on the Van Halen-meets-Black Flag slur of "Dope Nose" (probably the disc's strongest track), while the nifty Strokes nod "Fall Together" makes it clear that there's no time warp pulling the members back into the days of yore. Maladroit buzzes with a more focused energy than Weezer's last self-titled disc, waxing deadly serious (on the wrist-slashing "Death and Destruction" and pulling a Uu-turn to bop in ultra-adrenalized fashion on "Island in the Sun." There's nothing particularly earth-shattering in the disc's grooves -- although it is kinda heartening to hear Cuomo let his guard down on gnarled bits of self-analysis like "Slave" and "Slob" -- but there's more than enough progression to make fans and foes alike rethink the notion of Weezer as simple noisemakers.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bands used to make records like this all the time. They'd release an album, tour all year, write a bunch of songs, record 'em, release another album a year later. Since hardly anybody -- not even indie bands -- did that in 2002, it's a remarkable event when Weezer does exactly that, especially following a half a decade of inactivity. But, it's hard not to think that this is the way it should be done by all bands, since Maladroit retains the high quality of The Green Album. True, it doesn't offer much that's new -- it has a similarly short length, clocking in at 33 minutes, it favors riff-heavy, melodic rockers and has a lack of ballads, while Rivers Cuomo is doggedly avoiding the exposed-nerve confessions of Pinkerton -- but there are a couple notable differences that give it its own character. Since the band has returned to self-producing, there's a tougher sound -- nowhere near as raw as Pinkerton, yet similarly loud and raucous, overflowing with guitars spitting out riffs and solos with a gleeful abandon. So, it's essentially a harder-rocking version of the last album. But you know what? It doesn't matter because the band is at a peak. Cuomo continues to write consistently strong songs, occasionally penning a flat-out stunner ("Dope Nose" is one of Weezer's all-time greatest songs), the band is tighter than ever, and the record crackles with energy -- nothing new, per se, but still vibrant, catchy, and satisfying. It's so good, it's hard not to think that it offers definitive proof that even in 2002, it's best for a band to keep going once they've hit a peak, to turn out a bunch of records that find them at the top of their game instead of waiting three or four years to craft a follow-up. After all, that's what builds not only a body of work, but a legacy.
Spin Magazine - Laura Sinagra
"7"... Finally free to feed the hard-rock flame without donning the asbestos suit of irony, Cuomo has penned the Pinto-rocking Van Halen record of his dreams.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/14/2002
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949324124
catalogNumber:
493241
Rank:
65408

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Tracks

  1. American Gigolo
  2. Dope Nose
  3. Keep Fishin'
  4. Take Control
  5. Death And Destruction
  6. Slob
  7. Burndt Jamb
  8. Space Rock
  9. Slave
  10. Fall Together
  11. Possibilities
  12. Love Explosion
  13. December

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Maladroit 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Whether you're looking for another taste of so-called ''slacker-rock,'' you're a hard core Weez-head seeking Pinkerton II, or you're new to Weezer, Maladroit is going to get you. The contagious butt-kicking Dope Nose, the heavy groove of Fall Together, and the slow scream of Take Control along with a host of other goodies comprise Weezer's fourth album, Maladroit. In an effort to provide the best possible music, Rivers Cuomo and company released demo versions of these songs via their website journaling their progress and responding to fans feedback. The result is Maladroit, arguably the best Weezer record yet, full of the geek rock that led many to Weezer in the first place, but turned up a few notches. To the uninitiated: if you want a taste of the music that opened the door for bands like Jimmy Eat World, this is the record for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For most Weezer fans the Green Album was a blessing and curse. A blessing in the fact that the album was the first Weezer cd in 5 years, but a curse because the songs were so unlike the weezer we had known before. Well Maladroit fixes these problems. Weezer has brought back the rock and each of these 13 songs will be stuck in your head the second you hear them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new album really rock and rolls. There is a new sound to it but its still the same glorious weezer. Every song on he album could be made into a hit. It's a great follow up to the green album. ROCK ON
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey, a Weezer album that has more than ten songs! Rock on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Weezer is one of the best band around right now. Their first album was good, their second was kickin', but the Green Album? It didn't meet my expectations. But now Maladroit is here, and they have reclaimed their rocking title. Long Live Weezer!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Weezer is awsome and this new album is just another reminder of that. Everybody loves them I know I do. I love this new album it's grrrreat. Everyone should buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am the biggest weez-head around and i had this entire cd 2 months in advance. i love it to this day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This riff heavy album kicks! I was one of the many who found all these sounds on various websites months ago and it's been a CD in my regular rotation for a while now. Granted, I'm a bit biased since Weezer is one of my favorite bands, but this album isn't as up-front and catchy as the Green Album, but overall, it's a much better album. The substance of the Green album was very shallow, but Maladroit will keep you interested much longer. Check it out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Weezer is back again with their fourth album Maladroit. I can definatly say that this album is much better than the Green album, and will probably end up as a Pinkerton II in my book, I am gonna go listen to it all night now...
Guest More than 1 year ago
One year after the Green Album, Weezer has come out with a musically advanced album that is reminiscent of their earlier work. The Green Album was good, but lacked the personality and development of the other Weezer albums. In short, it was watered-down. Maladroit, however, is a masterpiece. Those who like the power of Weezer will enjoy ''American Gigolo'' and ''Dope Nose,'' while those who admire Weezer's musical complexity will also enjoy ''Slob'' and ''Burnt Jamb.'' All in all, a great album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The album has alot of the Pinkerton feel to it. Weezer still suprises me after all these years. After the green album which got tons of teeny boppers, I could use some of there good old geek rock. Does have thirteen songs instead of the usual 10, which does prove to be a good thing, there was alot of change in the actual layout of the album, but proved to be a good thing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The vocals on ''slob'' are truly amazing and couldn't get any better! You will find that you can't listen to just one song off maladroit at a time. great album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm an old skool Weezer fan, and I hate to diss because the first album just rocked my world. I mean, every song on that album was like MY personal feel good anthem. Pinkerton was really pimpin' too, but in a different way. I'll even give em some props for the Green album, but I seriously can't sit by and condone this substandard attempt at artistry. The lyrics are half-a**ed, and the guitar is sloppy and somewhat forgetable. Dudes, go back and try again tommorow... please. I could lie and act like I like it and think it's so awesome just because it's Weezer, but I'm afraid that ain't my style, and frankly, this album just isn't up to par in my book. Sorry guys. Weezer is still the cat's a**, but this album belongs in the litter box with the rest of the poo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
*Due to the censorship of these reviews, any part of this that may contain inappropriate dialog has been censored, and filled with one of these thing-a-ma-bobs:() that gives hints to the real word* I'm not gonna go into any of that ''Weezer Rulz'' (insert desired swear word) right now (Although it is true) I'm just gonna start off by saying that this is much better than last years album without the five year wait. Green Album was a HUGE disappointment for me, since when I bought it I was going by Pipe (I am calling it this for the sake of the censorship of these reviews), but this one is no disappointment at ALL. It's still WAY too short for my tastes, but I'll get by. I mean, 33 minutes is a little short for a 13 song CD. Only a few hit 3 minutes, and a couple don't even get 2. But aside from that, This is a great album. If it was a little longer I'd say it was better than the Blue Album. I'm singing American (Fill in the blank: Deuce Bigolo, Male _____), Fall Together, Take Control, and Burndt Jamb right now in my head as I type this. If you like any Weezer or bands like Jimmy Eat World, buy this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An interesting album obviously aimed at pleasing the Green album alienated, but the masterful songwriting of the first 2 mind blowing CDs is just not there and the grunge guitars are monotonously overdone (on every song!). Then again, Pinkerton took me 8 listens to love
Guest More than 1 year ago
Weezer has been giving us great music since '94, and it just keeps on coming. They've got great guitar, drums, base, vocals....everything is awesome. The riffs, the drum solo, I love it all. Long live nerd rock!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Weezer really pulled together a tight album here. This disc will get a lot more playtime in my car than the greean album did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You never quite know what to expect with Rivers Cuomo at the wheel. Every album seems like a new Weezer debut and this album is no exception. However, I've heard many Weezer bashings of late. Some say that they've regressed in each successive album since Pinkerton and that their sound has become more simple, their lyrics less profound and their overall scheme less artistic and more predictable and childish. Screw that, this album simply rocks. It would be unnatural and impossible to deny that this album just as good (be it for different reasons)as any of their other releases. Weezer has never found strength in being conventional, rather they've maintained a sincerity and spirit that tops that of any other band today and is more than enough reason to make Maladroit worthy of any listener.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very catchy and well-produced. Rivers definietly learned something from Rick Ocascik (The Cars) on the production end of things from their last release and this album is a reflection of that education. This album is a solid rock effort with many catch hooks (tracks 4 & 10 especially) and is definitely worth the purchase.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Weezer's heyday is long gone. This album has no real eye-catchers. It is a compilation of B-sides that should be C-sides. Vocals are weak, killer guitar riffs non-existent. If you want to buy this for the mere sake of saying you own every Weezer album then by all meand waste 14.99.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the weez rock out on maladroit, a bubbly yet brutal album that explodes with flurries of sweet guitar riffs and thrashing solos. maladroit is the musical antithesis of the green album, cuomo's attempt to craft the perfect pop song. where green was simple and impersonal, maladroit is layered, complex, produced to perfection, and shines with biting lyrics that more closely mirror cuomo's cry-with-me pinkerton days. yet this is not the same cuomo who wept and grieved on pinkerton. this rivers cuomo is a hard rocker, with attitude and lyrics to match. still not as satisfyingly genius or fresh as blue or pinkerton, maladroit is a rad album that showcases the talents of fout very special dudes. WEEZ ON.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Weezer has constantly let me down since the Blue album. Granted, that was a rare masterpiece, one of the greatest albums us 20-somethings had ever heard without our older brother first lending it to us, but each of the subsequent albums has seemed like a half-hearted effort. When I first heard ''Tired of Sex'', on Pinkerton, I thought, hey these guys are back with a passion. That song rips. But everything since then has been a letdown. Sure, there are highlights on ''Maladroit'', but, as a whole, it's not even as good as the Green album. Knowing the talent that these guys displayed at first, I expected far greater things.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey Weezer Rockers, Maladroit has finally been released, and what an amazing album! Although the Green album (in my opinion) was a step down from the Blue album and Pinkerton, Maladroit shows a return to the band's original style (along with some new surprises)! The first notable difference is that frontman Rivers is finally singing with more soul (on songs such as ''Slob'' and ''Slave''). Also this album includes amazing gitar solos on energetic songs such as ''Dope Nose'' & ''American Gigilo''. ''Death and Destruction'' is a sweet (and sad) balled which reminds me of Pinkerton, which I love! Also, ''December'' has a Blue album feel to it with a vocal/guitar solo! ''keep Fishin''', ''Possibilities'', and ''Love Explosion'' are all excellent catchy songs with strong hooks and vocal harmonies. Songs like ''Take Control'' and ''Fall Together'' show the band's heavier side which is satisfying and different. On this album Pat Wilson (The Drummer)and Scott Shriner (New Bassist)rock out. Pat does some of his best drum work to date, and Scott is much better and cooler than previous player Mikey Welsh. In my opinion, this album lives up to the Blue album and Pinkerton and buries The Green Album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasnt a fan of the green album as compared to earlier weezer albums, and i was a bit hesitant to buy this album but i picked it up and it definatly makes up for the green album.. i love this record