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As one of the most popular groups to emerge in the post-grunge alternative rock aftermath, Weezer receive constant praise from critics and fans for their hook-heavy guitar pop.Weezer has a large die-hard fan base. With each new release since their 1994 debut,Weezer has sharpened their wicked edge and raised the bar in alternative pop. Features the single Beverly Hills'. Geffen. 2005.

Taking three-years between albums has made Weezer grow slower and more sober. But on its fifth disc the Los Angeles quartet is no more secure about its place in the world than it was a decade ago in longing tunes like "The World Has Turned And Left Me Here." Singer Rivers Cuomo, still struggling with adolescence at 34, is all apologies. "All I have to do is swing and I'm the hero/ But I'm a zero," he sings on "Perfect Situation," and "I am terrified of all things/ Frightened of the dark," on the lighters-aloft power ballad "Hold Me." The band, meanwhile, keeps things from getting too heavy by punctuating the songs with a familiar rush of bouncy new-wave melodies and fizzing power-pop riffs resulting in the hair-flinging metal of the future D.A.R.E. theme song and album high-point, "We Are All On Drugs." --Aidin Vaziri

1. Beverly Hills
2. Perfect Situation
3. This Is Such A Pity
4. Hold Me
5. Peace
6. We Are All On Drugs
7. The Damage In Your Heart
8. Pardon Me
9. My Best Friend
10. The Other Way
11. Freak Me Out
12. Haunt You Every Day

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 10, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000850JP8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (346 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,609 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tea on May 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
For a bit of a background about the meaning of this album:

I first met weezer sometime after pinkerton came out, during a time when weezer was thought to be no more. Their first two albums quickly became my favorite (and still are). To clarify, i am a pinkerton-weezer fan.

so, naturally, i was overjoyed when i heard weezer had suddenly come back to give us the green album. I bought it and was disappointed in less than 30 minutes. (that's it? were's the rest?). yeah, there were a few catchy tunes, but it wasn't the weezer we all knew and loved. Then maladroit came out, and i thought, finally! we'll get the real weezer back! but sadly no, it wasn't.

For those who are not aware, the green album brought about a segregation between weezer fans. Some fans (the "green" fans) love the pop-tunes of the green album, maybe they liked a few songs from the blue album once they found them later, but they all agreed that pinkerton somehow sucked. Then there was the "blue" fans who loved the old weezer and thought pinkerton was the greatest album ever. Even though most were happy that weezer was back, they were disappointed that weezer wan't weezer and had become nothing more than shallow pop music.

As for album #5, i think this album has the power to unite the fans so that we can all listen to a single weezer CD together. it's all 4 CDs roled into one. Actually, I think this album is a bit of an apology to pinkerton fans, who he knows were disappointed with the last two albums (or maybe i'm just happy thinking that it is). Tracks like "Pardon Me" and "The Other Way" are what give me that feeling.

This is the weezer hopefully everyone can be content with. Don't buy it and expect pinkerton.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ben Hogan on April 23, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Alot of comparisons have been made between Rivers Cuomo and Brian Wilson. Both have long lost albums that are cited by fans as God-like (Weezer's "Songs From The Black Hole" and The Beach Boys' "Smile"), both are notorious for their reclusiveness, and both have written some of the greatest pop melodies of all time. But one correlation that has yet to be adressed is their similar downfalls.

After "Pet Sounds" fell as a commercial failure the Beach Boys never fully recovered. Although albums like "Wild Honey" are critically praised today, they don't hold up to the sound (and pop greatness) of the early Beach Boys. Similarly, the world lost another pop genius when Rivers let the same critics who praised the Offspring get to him with their negative reviews of "Pinkerton".

We should seriously learn from history folks. Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Rivers Cuomo, Lou Reed; these guys were all musical genius' at one point in their life. They still have the ability to write good music, but not the amazing music that they will be remembered for. Nothing lasts forever.

Now this leads to "Make Believe". Nobody likes to judge a book by its cover but I sure noticed that the album art was not only another rip-off of their already overdone "Blue Album" concept, but it was one of the ugliest album covers I have ever seen. To be truthful I have noticed a correlation between an album's content and it's artwork (Magical Mystery Tour being the ONLY exception!). The album's songs lack the cohesiveness that even Maladroit was capable of achieving. This isn't to say that the music itself it horrible. There are songs on this album that I hold in high regards as Weezer tracks.

I first heard "Hold Me" a little less than a year before this album was released.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Blackberries on March 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have no problem with people giving an album I love one star, but it's only fair to Weezer, a band that has been uniquely involved in my (others too I'm sure) adolescence and early adulthood, that you justify your position. One poor track on an album is not enough grounds for it to be called a failure, and it's certainly not enough grounds to say that 'Weezer sucks now'. Here's why I think 'Make Believe' is a stunning return to the great, emotive (not emo) feelings of joy, uncertainty and nostalgia that so accurately defined Weezer in the early 90s.

Beverly Hills is clearly not a good choice for the first single. However, it makes sense that the band chose it to be so. I read in an interview that Rivers wanted the best songs on the album to be discovered after a person bought it. He didn't want his greatest creations immediately thrown out to dry over the airwaves. Considering Rivers' eccentric songwriting history and his general disposition of being extremely protective/paranoid about his work, this should come as no surprise.

That being said, the next four songs totally rock. Perfect Situation is truly Weezer. That means that it is extremely catchy, abounding with lady frustrations, and in spite of the seemingly light topic material, is powerful and moving. 'Get your hands off the girl. Can't you see that she belongs to me? And I don't appreciate this excess company.' Doesn't this remind you of, 'I want a girl who will laugh for no one else. I want a girl who puts her makeup on the shelf.' Weezer is staying the same here in the best way possible. The music has changed slightly with its incorporation of 80s sounds and more complex harmonies, but the lyrics, in their heartbreaking simplicity, are pretty much the same. That is a great thing.
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