Sound — 6
Musically, this album is 'run o' the mill' and standard fare rock. Intentional? Probably, knowing River's love of literal sarcasm. Sure, they are good guitar players and musicians as a whole, but that's what makes this album so frustrating to me. I know they are capable of better. I don't think it quite hits that 'we meant it to sound like this' level either, or it might be understandable. Quite honestly, it sounds a bit complacent and lazy. With a gross amount of filler and cliche' riffs, it's hard not to hold this one up against the more itelligently flavored Pinkerton. Yes, I know they are not the same band they were in 1994 or 1996 for that matter. But that's all the more reason to expect something greater. It's a matter of potential. We've heard it, we've seen it. We as fans want to be blown away, not just pacified. As a musician myself, I do feel a certain amount of responsibilty in that arena. To say the sound/instrumentation is bad would be a lie. It's not bad, but it's definately average. I don't think they could do bad, they're too talented for that. But it does sound like they have produced a record for the sake of producing a record, something not right about that.
Lyrics — 2
Oh this one is just sad. Lyrics are terrible. Please, they have shown us some amazing lyrics. We all know this. These lyrics are literal and simple. It sounds like a 12 year old with a crush on his babysitter wrote the lyrics for them. I don't think much more needs to be said here. Maybe these lyrics would fly if it were a Bad English album or Air Supply, but this is Weezer, we expect some more intelligence, it's that simple.
Overall Impression — 2
I don't buy Weezer albums to hear how they've improved as musicians. I want to hear witty, humurous, intelligent rock. That's what Weezer is to me. This album is far from any of those things. Overall it's insulting.