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A different flavour, but a good album
on 19 March 2017
Although Weezer's previous studio album, the self-titled green one provided this Los Angeles band with not only a triumphant comeback, but their fastest selling album to date, I have to say that, although I do favour the latter, it's 2002 follow-up 'Maladroit', which arrived just a year later, is artistically superior, and stronger, if less commercial. It was also, the first Weezer album to feature bassist Scott Shriner, following the then recent departure of Mikey Welsh.
The opening track on 'Maladroit', 'American Gigolo' is an edgy hard rocker, along with another standout track 'Slob', which remains an all-time favourite of mine. The hit singles 'Dope Nose' and 'Keep Fishin'' are typical singalong feel-good anthems, and a contrast to the mellower 'Death and Destruction', and funky 'Burndt Jamb', which provide two other personal highlights.
If you enjoy the sound of early Weezer, then it might take some time to get used to the turned-up hard-rock flavour, but the trademark punk edge is still there throughout. If you're a lifelong fan, and happen to still not have this overlooked record in you collection, then you'll probably enjoy the band's forth studio album, because Maladroit' is. quite possibly one for the more than casual fan, but with the inclusion of those apparent heavy metal riffs, which were uncommon to their previous releases, it might well win over some new listeners as well.