Weezer (Red Album) [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
An old critical cliché is that eponymous albums are statements of purpose, so what to make of Weezer and their third color-coded self-titled album? Well, the band proves that axiom true, as every one of these eponymous efforts functions as an act of introduction, from their 1994 Blue debut to their 2001 Green comeback to 2008's Red Album, where Rivers Cuomo turns many of the group's long-standing rules upside down. This isn't a radical sonic makeover -- ever a pop formalist, Rivers has Weezer stick to their signatures of big guitars and bigger hooks -- but rather a question of attitude, as Cuomo loosens up as he stares down his impending middle age, choosing to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
An old critical cliché is that eponymous albums are statements of purpose, so what to make of Weezer and their third color-coded self-titled album? Well, the band proves that axiom true, as every one of these eponymous efforts functions as an act of introduction, from their 1994 Blue debut to their 2001 Green comeback to 2008's Red Album, where Rivers Cuomo turns many of the group's long-standing rules upside down. This isn't a radical sonic makeover -- ever a pop formalist, Rivers has Weezer stick to their signatures of big guitars and bigger hooks -- but rather a question of attitude, as Cuomo loosens up as he stares down his impending middle age, choosing to get silly rather than serious. He tears down his self-imposed three-minute barriers, writing two long-form suites and another track that clocks in over five minutes, he sneers at Timbaland's hitmaking prowess in "Pork and Beans," he never avoids his age, whether he's making asides to Rogaine or indulging in warm nostalgia in the pseudo-"In the Garage" sequel "Heart Songs" and, most importantly, he steals a page from the Noel Gallagher playbook and deliberately shares the spotlight with his bandmates. Not for nothing does Weezer cover "The Weight" as a bonus track on one of the international editions of the Red Album -- nowadays, everybody in Weezer gets a chance to sing lead, just like the Band did way back when. Bassist Scott Shriner is given Cuomo's mildly creepy original "Cold Dark World" to sing, but longtime fellow travelers, guitarist Brian Bell and drummer Pat Wilson, write and sing their own tunes "Thought I Knew" and "Automatic," respectively, turning in sweet pop tunes that complement Cuomo's style even if they help give the Red Album a bit of a ragged edge, especially when compared to the brutal efficiency of Maladroit and the oversized, highly buffed Make Believe. Of course, the very point of the Red Album is for Weezer to not take things so seriously, to reconnect to their beginnings while taking the advantage of their rock star status to act seriously goofy. This freedom is entirely within the mind -- musically, this is all easily identifiable as Weezer -- but it invigorates such seemingly by the books rockers as "Troublemaker," where the loopy lyrics are as prominent and irresistible as the hooks. As the album opener, it sets the stage for a cheerfully restless record, one where all the parts don't fit and it's better because of it, as it has a wild, willing personality, suggesting that Weezer is comfortable as a band in a way they never quite have been before. Given that feeling, it makes perfect sense that the Red Album is another self-titled record, as it plays like an opening to a new chapter instead of merely more of the same. [A Deluxe Edition of the CD was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602517726451
  • Catalog Number: 001133602
  • Sales rank: 137,495

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Weezer Primary Artist
Stevie Blacke Strings
Eric J. Dubowsky Percussion
Technical Credits
Stevie Blacke String Arrangements
Rick Rubin Producer
David Schiffman Engineer
Dave Collins Mastering
Andrew Scheps Engineer
Robert Fisher Art Direction
Mike Fasano Drum Technician
Bobby Schneck Guitar Techician
Tom McFall Engineer
Doug Forsdick Guitar Techician
Henry Trejo Guitar Techician
Jacknife Lee Producer
Eric J. Dubowsky Engineer, Sound Design
Tracy Rodan Guitar Techician
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Weezer's newest self-titled album has a great sound that is both new and the same. The album is obviously experimental, with different band members not only writing their own songs but singing lead to them as well. However, this album brings back the nostalgic sounds of The Blue Album(TBA) and their sophmore album, Pinkerton, that I and many other fans fell in love with in the first place. Weezer seems to be happy and having fun, and I for one am happy with the music that they are putting out. For me, the deluxe edition is a must. The extra songs really expand the album to a higher level of music. "Miss Sweeney" sounds similar to the classic TBA b-side "Susanne", but is very different, in a good way. "Pig" is a very simple, but powerful song much in the vein of "Butterfly" off of Pinkerton. "The Spider", like much of The Red Album, really uses great imagery that brings you into the song. "King" is also a good song, featuring Scott Shriner(bassist) singing lead vocals. This album is a great album that should appeal to any Weezer fan, new or old. This review in nutshell: BUY THIS ALBUM!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    It's been a long time coming, and it has been quite worth the wait. Weezers sixth studio album has a lot of great songs. Personally, my favorite songs are The Greatest Man That Ever Lived, Pig, King, Automatic, The Angel and The One, and of course, Pork And Beans. This is definetely a must have for any Weezer fan out there. It is also a great album for if you are just starting to get into Weezer. So don't wait another second, buy The Red Albvum

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