Sound — 9
Earlier this year, Weezer returned releasing their 5th official full length album, Make Believe. Make Believe is a huge step forward from recent Weezer albums in all fields. Rivers Cuomo takes all the elements Weezer has used on their previous albums (the old school garage rock sound from the blue album, the pure emo sound from pinkerton, the beatle inspiration from the green album and the '80s hair metal influence from maladroit)and mixes them together to form a beautiful noise. Songs like 'Perfect Situation,' 'Peace,' 'We Are All On Drugs' and 'My Best Friend' are like support beams, holding the album up and not letting songs like 'This Is Such A Pity' and 'Beverly Hills' make it fall down. This is a great way for Weezer to come back.
Lyrics — 10
In the most recent of Weezer albums, the lyrics have slowly gotten worse and less easier to comprehend. Apparently, Rivers has fixed that. Rivers hits the same topics he has always hit with his flawless tenor voice, but this time, more heart-felt and easier to understand. Did I mention when he sings in his falsetto, you get a sense of what it would be like if angels could sing.
Overall Impression — 10
Make Believe is by far one of the most impressive albums to be released in 2005. When many thought Weezer were washed up and over with, they prove with this album, even if you are in your late '30s/early '40s, you can still rock as hard as ever. The composition of this album is brilliant, from album art to the final chord of 'Haunt You Every Day.' Make Believe ranks highly among other Weezer releases. I have few, if none, pet peeves about this album. Buy this album. You will be very happy with your purchase. Ya just gotta love the Weez.