Sound — 4
Now that Weezer are on to their fifth album, they have shown what could go down as the clearest, most blatant decline in modern, mainstream rock history. After an amazing start with the Blue Album and a really good follow up in Pinkerton, the decent, very litenable Green Album came out, keeping prospects high. Good so far. Then Maladroit - middling, having more downs than ups. Now, get ready for Make Believe. The sound of the album is decent, but without the slightest hint of originality or even effort. The songs are very, very bland. It borrows from previous Weezer albums, but never well, coming off like a second-rate b-sides album. The most regurgitated previous effort would have to be The Green Album, but now minus edge, or even humor.
Lyrics — 2
Woos and Hoos and Woops abound, amid the "Hold Me" "And I Love You". Lyrics are repeated incessantly, even for this kind of fluff-rock. Rivers is repressed and ignored and wants this made clear at all times. Now that he's rich and successful, this is clearly still going on. Either that or he still hasn't thought of anything new to say. Maybe some fresh ideas would have helped.
Overall Impression — 4
The songs don't work. The lyrics are almost as bad as they could possibly be (try Nickelback's "I like your pants around your feet", "I like the freckles on your back" for as bad as they could possibly be). You're not missing anything later, as these songs never really develop so much as crap out. Honestly, they do better as clips. This is a really bad album.