I'm back! Miss me? I'm sorry it's been so long, I've been a busy little soldier recently. Anyway, to business.Weezer - Raditude (2009)
So it's pretty safe to say that for the past few years, Weezer have been well off their beat. After putting out a couple of pretty boring, unimaginative records, and Rivers playing the 'mystic' on musical hiatus I'd given up on Weezer putting out another decent record any time in the near future.
I was oh so very wrong. Raditude
, released just this month is the best Pop-Punk record I've heard for a long long time. Back to their brilliantly satirical ways, Weezer open up with a real barnstormer: (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
is in no uncertain terms, catchy as hell, and it sets a real standard for the rest of the album. The hilarious I'm Your Daddy
is pop-punk by the book, with Cuomo spinning a tongue-in-cheek tale of a verile young man's pursuit of his dream girl. A twisted lament over thick guitars and a tasty
synth line, this is one of the standout songs on the record. The fourth track Can't Stop Partying
is an ironic tribute to the 'gangster' club scene, and features a surprise vocal appearance from Lil' Wayne. Oh, and that tasty synth is back again.
Mid-way through the album Cuomo indulges his Avant-Garde side, with Love Is The Answer
featuring backing from a sitar, and a pair of traditional Indian vocalists. Despite this minor digression, we're soon back to basics with Let It All Hang Out
blazing a trail towards the record's penultimate tracks.
In my opinion the album closes as strongly as it opened, maybe I'm just blinded by the reocurrance of that beautiful synth sound, but the much more mellow and moody sound of I Don't Want To Let You Go
feels like a really fitting climax to an excellent record.
To be honest, there's very little to say about Raditude
, aside from the fact it's straight-up Pop-Punk, straight-up Weezer, and bloody brilliant. Full of hooks and singalongs, this one left me smiling for hours after listening. Pick it up. It's well worth it.