Maladroit

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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), ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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.

"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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2002
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949324124
  • Catalog Number: 493241
  • Sales rank: 64,612

Tracks

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

Performance Credits
Weezer Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Brian Bell Guitar, Vocals
Patrick Wilson Drums
Rivers Cuomo Guitar, Vocals
Scott Shriner Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Weezer Producer
Chris Carroll Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Craig Montgomery House Sound
Rod Cervera Producer
Francesca Restrepo Art Direction
Chad Bamford Producer, Engineer
Jordan Schur Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Is it that bad?!

    Frankly, I don't think Maladroit is all that bad of an album. Sure it's not one of Weezer's best compilations, but there are a lot of catchy songs such as "Keep Fishin'" and "Burnt Jamb" and the head-nodding melodic "Dope Nose" (plus its shredding solo). Over all this album isn't that bad at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Weezer fans must appreciate Maladroit

    For any true Weezer fans Maladroit is a piece of art. Brian Bell displays powerful lead guitar riffs in a remake of Van Halen's "Dope Nose" and in Weezer's own "Keep Fishin'", which was elected by fans to appear in a music video and to be the album's single. "Slob" is classic Weezer with the grinding guitar and clashing symbols. Distortion is put to great effect in "Space Rock" and is one of the best tracks on the album which is a must have for any Weezer or pop-rock fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    hard to tell what to think of this album

    this album is catchy and worth owning. its problem is that there isnt enough variation in places (dynamic contrast, guitar style)and it seems choppy because thoughts don't connect from song to song. But it's enjoyable to listen to because it's stuff you didn't know Weezer could do. Except for that solo in Tired of Sex (on Pinkerton), who knew how well the Weezer men can shred? Some fans will tell you how bad it sucks, and some fans will tell you how much they like it because it is different from other Weezer albums. Really, it's just one of those albums you have to check out for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I hear Death and Destruction...

    This album was, indeed, put together harshly. There are some creative pieces, and very enjoyable ones at that, in this album... but there also some disgraces to the name of Weez. Don't get me wrong, I love every single song Rivers writes. But compared to his other breath taking works, this does not compare. Ages 10 and up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Return of Soul & Guitar Solos!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    nice

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Weezer doesn't cut it any more

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rivers, dude, what's happening here?

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    weez on

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Green Album only better... Much better

    *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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definitely maladroit

    Just plain boring. A poor effort by Weezer. Pale in comparison to the diversity of the Blue Album and the Green Album. Maladroit offers nothing new and nothing worth listening to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this one is for all the little pop-punkers...

    For those of you who have been clutching on the last straw since the dudded 'green album', you can now let go. Although a few of these songs have that treasured weezer-esque quirky intimacy, Maladroit is yet another willful surrender to the ever-hungry gods of popular radio. Farewell to the days of old, when they really didn't care if the kids liked it or not. half a decade and millions of green t-shirts later, rivers cuomo has finally succumed to the will of the teens. I'll be the one in the corner clutching onto good ol' pinkerton and all the import singles, as another good band goes bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Weezer's got another hit

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Weezer's back with a kick.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    Weezer really pulled together a tight album here. This disc will get a lot more playtime in my car than the greean album did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Album but Pinkerton II... I think not!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't expect a Pinkerton here....

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oh oh possibilities

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Re-Hash Pipe? Nah.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Their Greatest

    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.

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