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Weezer (The Red Album) [Extra tracks]

Weezer Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B0019M632C
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,435 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1. Troublemaker
2. The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
3. Pork And Beans
4. Heart Songs
5. Everybody Get Dangerous
6. Dreamin'
7. Thought I Knew
8. Cold Dark World
9. Automatic
10. The Angel And The One/Non Musical Silence
11. The Weight
12. Life Is What You Make It

Early word on the sixth album from Weezer--and their third self-titled record, although fans, sensibly, are referring to it as 'The Red Album'--is that this is their 'experimental' record. Luckily, Rivers Cuomo isn’t interested in penning his own jazz odyssey; for him, experimental is just finding cunning ways to nuance Weezer’s stock-in-trade--crunchy, candy-sweet guitars and vocal harmonies--with new pop tricks. The sardonic lyric of "Pork and Beans" hints at a new direction: "Timabaland knows the way to reach the top of the charts," Cuomo sings, "maybe if I work with him I can perfect the art". Actually, Timbaland’s not on board, but producer Jacknife Lee brings a variety of drum machines and electronics, and Weezer rise to the challenge with some generally inspired messing around. "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Theme)" sees Cuomo adopt a gangsta rap slur over screaming sirens, while elsewhere, the other three Weezer members take a turn at the microphone. But it’s Cuomo’s songs that are the winners--notably "Heart Songs", a tribute to the songs that "never feel wrong" that swoops from melodic schmaltz to grunge scuzz with a deft invocation of Nirvana. Skip to the bonus tracks, meanwhile, for a great cover of "The Weight" that takes The Band’s original and drenches it in chundering guitars.--Louis Pattison

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weezers most versatile album yet! 24 Feb 2010
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This album is great, I know everyone has their opinions, but this is my own opinion. As a Weezer fan from 1996, this album has every single band member singing and writing on at least one tune together (respectively.)

Now, track one is Troublemaker and it gives an impression of old school Weezer, with catchy lyrics and clever hooks, this is a good opener. Track two is The Greatest Man That Ever Lived, to me this is Weezer mixing a lot of genres into one tune. Great to sing to as it bears a sound similar to that of The Beach Boys. Track three is their comeback single Pork And Beans. This particular number is a great one as it continues on from the great lyrical genius of Rivers Cuomo. Track four is Heart Songs and this is a bit of an ode to a list of artists of which has influenced frontman Rivers from early life to this point, listing the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Joan Baez in the process. Track five is Everyone Get Dangerous and this tune has got its kicks from both Rivers and bandmate Brian Bell and cheekily gives you a taste of Rolling Stones' Sympathy For The Devil.

Now on to track six and this clever little tune sounds like something that could be included on Pinkerton and has great driving melodies and hooks. Track seven Thought I Knew is a nice little acoustic tune of which guitarist Brian Bell wrote and sang on as Brian sings 'Sorry about my past life, sorry but we just missed'. Track eight is (in my opinion) Weezer's darkest song and quite ironically named Cold Dark World. This little tune was co-written by Weezer bassist Scott Shriner and lead vocalist Rivers Cuomo and it is quite the cool tune if one wants to hear a darker Weezer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Weezer, you'll LOVE most of this 13 July 2008
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Or the "Red Album" if you're losing track as this is the third self-titled Weezer album out of six. It's also the first since the debut (the Blue Album for those keeping track) to see Rivers Cuomo slightly loosen his autocratic leading of the band to let his bandmates show us their own songwriting chops.

Things didn't seem all that promising at first; not only were there rumours that this album was to see a highly experimental Weezer but record label Geffen were apparently of the opinion that the album didn't have any hits on it. The result was Pork and Beans, the album's lead single and one written entirely as a sly knock to the label's opinions. "Timbaland knows the way to reach the top of the charts" sneers Cuomo, "maybe if I work with him I can perfect the art". Ironically, of course, it turned out to be Weezer's biggest American hit in years.

Long-term Weezer fans are certainly catered for here; alongside Pork and Beans the likes of Troublemaker are the catchy pop nuggets you've come to love.

That said, there are definite departures from what you might expect. Heartsongs, which sees Cuomo list the songs and artists that have shaped his musical identity may eventually "rock out" but it's lilting and saccharine sounds take some getting used to. Nothing I write could amply explain The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations On A Shaker Hymn) to you but if you imagine six minutes of sonic eccentricity that takes in such different musical styles as metal, hip-hop, male voice choir, folk and glam rock then you get some idea of the huge scale we're talking about. More amazingly, it's a catchy track too.
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'The Red Album' is weezer's masterpiece so far. Don't let it fool you that the opener 'Troublemaker' is an archetype of the dynamic and melodic power rock known so well from earlier releases, 'cause what follows adds new and surprising dimensions to weezer's style. The second track 'The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations On A Shaker Hymn)' plays with the surprised but spoiled listener in its style variations based on the same rough yet harmonious theme and is, in my opinion, not only weezer's best composition ever, but no less than one of the most surprising, catchiest and simply... best rock songs released in years!

Yes, you read right: weezer goes from straight-forward melodic rock craftmanship to boasting out their musical talents in touching semi-epic progressive rock. From the 3-minute outbursts, they even dabble with songs twice as long. The other - brillliant - example is 'The Angel And The One'.

Before these highlights on an overall treat, it is almost relieving to give your concentration a break with the average 'Thought I Knew' and 'Cold Dark World', which surprisingly have found their way to the standard version, contrary to the sweet, almost symphonic 'Pig', the country rock style 'The Weight' or a more than decent cover of Talk Talk's 'Life's What You Make It', featured on the UK Edition. If you can get your hands on this release, or even better the Deluxe Edition, it is worth the search and the investment, as all of its tracks are wonderful and each has its own unique soul.

But even if not, weezer's Red Album is a gift to the rock public, proving courage and an unexpected maturity from a band that has so far not disappointed.
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