Weezer Remain In On The Joke

noah | November 3, 2009 10:00 am

Our look at the closing lines of new music reviews continues with a roundup of reactions to Raditude, the seventh studio album by the jokesters who make up Weezer: • “Accepted on these terms, Raditude might be enjoyed for what it is — extremely catchy, fist-pumping pop — and for what it represents: escapism. Still, its flaws are obvious; the second half sags, the ballads bore, and weirdly, it’s too short. Old-school Weezer fans won’t like it, and neither will blog-rock acolytes. But that’s the point. Raditude is the murderous revenge of the middlebrow.” [Spencer Kornhaber, Spin] • “Cuomo still turns out more functional hooks before his breakfast tequila than most bands get in a career. ‘(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To’ and ‘Put Me Back Together’ reclaim gum-snapping pop-punk from Weezer’s myriad hijackers. But how does one appropriately respond to tracks like the buffet-soundtrack sitar jam ‘Love Is the Answer’ and the Warrant-worthy ode to post-puberty ‘The Girl Got Hot?’ Maybe just relax and order a double.” [August Brown, LAT] • “Raditude is full of gloriously cheesy Weezer tunes, led by the ridonk geek-love anthem ‘(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To.’ He teams up with Jermaine Dupri and Lil Wayne for the hilarious ‘Can’t Stop Partying,’ and he veers into dance-pop production with Dr. Luke for ‘I’m Your Daddy,’ wowing the ladies with his moonwalk moves and cheese fondue. His willingness to make fun of his psychosexual damage only makes it more poignant. The not-quite-ironic melancholy of ‘Can’t Stop Partying’ may reflect a uniquely twisted relationship with his twisted audience. But from the sound of Raditude, Cuomo savors every minute of it.” [Rob Sheffield, RS] • “Ultimately, it’s Weezer’s deft mixing of immediately hummable rock with lyrics that reveal Cuomo’s own melancholy gaze on the pop landscape that makes Raditude a passionate surrender to growing up and a throw-your-arms-up-and-scream ride down the other side of the mid-life roller coaster.” [Matt Collar, Allmusic]