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Raditude [CD]

Weezer Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (2 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: DCG Records
  • ASIN: B002P8KOME
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,580 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I'm Your Daddy 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Girl Got Hot 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Can't Stop Partying 4:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Put Me Back Together 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Tripping Down The Freeway 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Love Is The Answer 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Let It All Hang Out 3:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. In The Mall 2:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Don't Want To Let You Go 3:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Turn Me Round 3:090.99  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

When Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo sang lovingly about rock bozos Kiss, we forgave him as his band created two of the best albums of the decade. A fair exchange. So it's with great regret that we pass on news that the Californians now make Gene Simmons and co seem like Baudelaire.

Well, not quite, but since the five-year gap between their second and third records, Weezer have become both prolific and a near-parody of themselves. While 2002's Maladroit breathed life into the notion that Cuomo could re-establish himself as one of the great rock songwriters of his generation, it was followed by the dreadful pop-punk of Make Believe and last year's garbled ‘red album’, their third self-titled LP. This is a band in decline and, as if to prove it, they've made Raditude.

Recorded with a mix of other songwriters including Jermaine Dupri, Jacknife Lee and the All-American Rejects' Nick Wheeler, this is a strange album indeed. Let us not forget that Rivers is smart guy, a Harvard graduate no less, so hearing him sing for half an hour and in clunky terms abut the myriad joys of "partying all night" like a 17-year-old is fairly perturbing. The Girl Got Hot, the tale of a classmate from high school who, duh, "got hot", is the worst example of this douchebaggery. This is a band better than appealing to the basest of FM radio power-pop desires, surely.

There are a few good moments – particularly the single and first track (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To, which borrows A Town Called Malice’s bassline to tell the story of an anxious teenage love, and Love Is The Answer, a rock/classical-Indian fusion which features sometime Jai Ho singer Amrita Sen and was written for Make Believe before being recorded by Sugar Ray and resurrected here. Lil Wayne crops up to for a guest rap too, on the self-explanatory Can't Stop Partying. But these detours aren't enough to rescue proceedings.

It's the songs reused from Cuomo's Alone II demo compilations that are by far the best things here, and it's the sensitivity in these tracks that made early Weezer so great and, mainly, what’s missing elsewhere on Raditude. It’s an album seemingly designed to garner royalties from future films in the American Pie franchise; the sound, almost literally one assumes, of a band in a midlife crisis. --Will Dean

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reflections From A Weezer Virgin 25 Dec 2009
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I am always interested when I hear an album by an artist or
band who are totally unfamiliar to me. Weezer are one such.

That this is their seventh album means little to me at
the moment as I have heard nothing of the previous six.

Clearly the eleven songs which constitute this version
of the album have upset some of the bands fans and devotees.
(I have been a lover of the music of Joni Mitchell for four
decades and was hugely disappointed by her 1998 album
'Taming The Tiger'. I recovered however and so did she.
Her late Autumnal flowering 'Shine' was a complete joy!)
My point is that sometimes we have to cut some slack
for those who have worked hard to enrich our lives in
whatever small ways they are able.

Firstly, the album's front page photo is a hoot!
Mrs Wolf felt quite sure that she recognised the
flying dog as one of her second cousins six times
removed from a distantly (and tentatively) related
branch of her Californian forbears.
I am unable to confirm or deny this fanciful idea!

As for the music. Well, it's good American pop.
Rivers Cuomo writes some perfectly pleasant tunes
and sings them well. His fellow band members, in
particular the fine drummer they have in Patrick Wilson,
lend solid support to his (somewhat limited) vision
and seem, in general, to be having a nice time.

I particularly enjoyed 'Love Is The Answer'.
The attempt, with limited melodic and thematic ideas,
to re-create a little bit of East-meets-West-summer-of-67
West Coast-flowers-in-your-hair-optimism (sorry!)
is really rather charming (in a missed-it-by-a-mile
sort of way!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Weezer's worst album by far 29 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
As a huge Weezer fan, I've grown to accept that the band have moved away from the style that gave us "The Blue Album", "Pinkerton" and to an extent, "The Green Album" and "Maladroit". All four of those albums were incredible upon release and grow better and better with age. The new sound, as seen on the previous two albums and now pushed to extreme with "Raditude" is something I think Rivers Cuomo will need to re-examine, as it appears to have hit a brick wall now.

The rather misleading single, the excellent "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" starts the album off with a bang. It could very easily be the best Weezer song since "Dope Nose" or "Island in the Sun". But it is short lived, as every song after is an absolute turkey. Gone is that punky-pop-quirky-nerd-rock, replaced with dodgy pop with odd synthetic dance beats and hiphop segments randomly thrown about. Second song, "I'm Your Daddy" and the following song, "The Girl Got Hot" bring some of the worst lyrics I've ever heard, with Rivers Cuomo even seeming to lose his voice during parts of the latter.

Even more bemusing is the cameo of L'il Wayne on "Can't Stop Partying", an artist who will bring absolutely nothing of value to Weezer fans. One of the most cringe-worthy lines of his is "Okay bitches, Weezer and it's wheezy, upside down MTV, please don't shoot me down 'cos I'm an endangered species". If only he was. It just seems to me that the band have run out of ideas, and in order to make a stir, they've brought in another guy to look so bad as to try to disguise the terrible songwriting on this album.

The album doesn't get much better after that.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not rad, but not bad 8 May 2012
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
After 'The Red Album' provided a return to form for the band who had released the frankly awful 'Make Believe', hopes for 'Raditude' were fairly high. Quality wise, it's somewhere between the two. There's nothing particularly great about 'Raditude', but nor (barring the hilariously bad Lil' Jon collaboration 'Can't Stop Partying') is there anything dreadful about it. This is a set of 12 catchy and likeable enough tunes, all of which sound pretty similar; filled with pleasantly breezy, poppy melodies; but nothing original or well-wrought enough to really set any of the tracks here out as a Weezer classic. Things kick off with the album's lead single, the upbeat, jerky 'If You're Wondering if I Want You To (I Want You To)', which has generally been regarded as the album's best song, and onto the slightly-too-cheesy but infectious 'I'm Your Daddy', and the AM-radio pop swagger of 'The Girl Got Hot'. The album's best two tracks, in my opinion are 'Let It All Hang Out' and 'In The Mall', but the album ends on a slightly sour note with the brattish, sneering 'Turn Me Round', where Cuomo moans about a girl he doesn't want who just won't leave him alone, to a generic, Green-Day-ish pop-punk tune. It feels rather a long way from 'Pinkerton'.

'Raditude' isn't really a record that will change anyone's opinion of Weezer, let alone change their lives. Latter-day Weezer fans will find enough here to like, and 'Raditude' is certainly pleasant enough on the ears. Old-school fans of the band will probably, and with fair reason, be disappointed that the band still seem incapable of channeling the kind of gleeful surf-rock sounds of 'The Blue Album' or the moving, introspective lyricy of 'Pinkerton'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Raditude - my two cents.
There seem to've been two Weezers: there was the one that gave us "Blue" and "Pink'" and there's the one that gave us the other six. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D.T.W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Haters gonna hate...
Personally I have found their last few albums a bit same-y whereas Raditude offers something different and fresh from the awesome Weezer. Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2010 by jimmypop
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album as a whole with one or two not so good songs
This is a good album with standout tracks such as 'I Want You To' and 'Put Me Back Together' as well as 'I'm Your Daddy' but with poorer songs like the about love with indian music... Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2010 by Iain Hudson
4.0 out of 5 stars Big, dumb and full of fun
People appear to be missing the point of this album. It is an obvious party album with its tongue firmly in cheek. At first listen, it seems very shallow, but hey! Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2010 by Ronarid
1.0 out of 5 stars Busted Weezer
Rubbish. Sounds like a poor man's Busted. Pathetically juvenile lyrics from what is supposed to be a serious mature band. Don't waste your money. Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2010 by Toncho
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Give It A Chance
As a long time Weezer fan I was initialyy disappointed with this album. I skimmed thru, couldn't find anything that stood out and then ignored it for a couple of months. Read more
Published on 13 May 2010 by Mr. M. W. Money
2.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye pop punk. Hello pop
Okay,so I love Weezer. I'm also into experiementation. Why not try something different? But Raditude really, really doesn't do it for me. Read more
Published on 9 May 2010 by Bill Door
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff from Weezer
I was put off by the initial reviews here on Amazon but am so glad I ignored them and bought this CD. Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2010 by M. Burke
2.0 out of 5 stars RIP Weezer
I can almost picture the meeting in the recording studios pre Red Album release.

"Hi guys you have a distinct choice chaps, do you want produce a pop album full of... Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2010 by Christopher Wheldon
5.0 out of 5 stars No one does this better
Rivers Cuomo's talent is such that he could write blistering melodies even in his sleep, and he's probably tried. Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2010 by J. Baglin
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