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Weezer (Red Album)

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In 2014, the conventional wisdom is that the album is dead, and that nobody listens to a record the whole way through. Rivers Cuomo figures there's two ways to respond. "You can change with the times, give in, and not put a lot into your album," he says. "Or you can say that for artistic and creative reasons, we have to try so hard to make this an album people want to listen ... Read more in Amazon's Weezer Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 3, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DGC / Interscope
  • ASIN: B001872MDM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2008 album from the Alternative rockers. Weezer, one of the biggest and most influential bands of the last decade will, for the third time in its six-album history, release a self-titled album already being referred to by people as The Red Album. Comprised of sessions produced by Rick Rubin, Jacknife Lee and the band itself, the album is adventurous and undeniably Weezer. The first single, the quirky and catchy 'Pork and Beans', was recorded under the watch of the Irishman Lee and already a Modern Rock smash hit. 10 tracks.

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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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Condition Red June 5, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Following the path of their color coded classics The Blue Album and The Green Album, Weezer issues their "Red" album and it's their best since, well, the green one. Much like Peter Gabriel's refusal to give his early albums titles, it forces more attention to be paid to the music. Thus, eleven years into making music, this is Weezer facing middle age and they want you to focus.

They do so with both a wink ("Everybody Get Dangerous") and nostalgia (the terrific "Heart Songs"). There's even an attempt at an American Idiot style punk-opera with the oddball "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived." Using the traditional Shaker Hymn as its jumping off point, it's almost as odd as hearing the rest of Weezer sing. The 3/4's of Weezer that isn't Rivers Cuomo take up tracks 7, 8 and 9, with Brian Bell's "Thought I Knew" being the best of the batch. Maybe there was some idea behind democratizing the band. But let's face it, Rivers is the bent mind behind what makes Weezer the most thought provoking. It might not always be the most commercial move he could make and it makes executive bean counters nervous, but it is what makes Weezer, even on their aimless Make Believe album before this one, an exciting band.

So when Cuomo sarcastically lets the record company suits have it for claiming there was no single here, he writes about it in "Pork and Beans.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Brand New Weezer (3 1/2 stars) June 3, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The Red Album is the biggest surprise that this band has released to this date. While at times it has its typical weezer hooks, chugging power chords, and cuomo melodies, this album sheds a whole new light on who Weezer actually is today in 2008. It's the first Weezer album where the other members had the same amount of insight as Rivers on ideas for the songs. Some of the songs are sung entirely by other members of the band. Also, the members of the band switch instruments multiple times. I think it is safe to say that this is the most experimental album by far by Weezer.

Troublemaker - This opening track is crazy catchy, but doesn't really go to many places and is probably one of the weakest tracks on the album(especially lyric wise). "Marrying a biatch, Having seven Kiads"...?? The track is able to keep you on your feet, but that's about it.

The Greatest Man That Ever Lived - The most epic track on the album crosses over to many different genres. The song constantly changes for the whole six minutes of the song includes challenging choral pieces, punk breakdowns, pop verses, and original Weezer and Rock melodies.

Pork and Beans - The first single of the album. In a way, it was a tease for what was to come for the album since a chorus of a Weezer song hasn't sounded like this for years. While the verse has a new Weezer feel, the chorus takes you back to 1994. Written after an intense meeting with Geffen, Rivers angrily went home to write this song that is an allout backlash at the record company for not respecting the freedom of the band. "Imma do the things that I want to, I ain't got a thing to prove to you". One of the strongest tracks on the entire album for sure.

Heart Songs - Rivers' influences mean a lot to him.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Confused by the extreme reactions to this album. June 6, 2008
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Is this Weezer's best album? No. It is their worst? No. Is it their strangest? Definitely. It would seem to me, though, that people are either so enamored with the band or so enamored with the past they've lost a critical ear. But let's take it song by song:

1. Troublemaker -- Fairly standard Weezer fare, really, although a bit more pop than perhaps their earlier stuff. Enjoyable, but not really memorable.

2. The Greatest Man That Ever Lived -- Yes, it's strange and rarely repeats -- save for the main chorus -- but each section is pretty catchy on it's own. They lyrics are pretty hilarious.

3. Pork and Beans -- Again, fairly standard Weezer fare, backed by a great video. It's pretty catchy, but not really that interesting.

4. Heart Songs -- Yes, it sounds a bit cheesy when it starts, but it's a great song, backed by an experience we all share: those songs that never leave you, that will always be important no matter how much time passes. It builds really nicely, too.

5. Everybody Get Dangerous -- For what it's worth, I liked "We Are All On Drugs," which probably informs my opinion of this song. I enjoy the heck out of it. The chord changes are great and the lyrics are hilarious -- a great job of taking me back to my youth and a legitimate question: what do we do when our kids act like we did?

6. Dreamin' -- An obvious single, made less obvious by the outro, which is really cool. A good song and classic Weezer.

7. Thought I Knew -- Yes, Brian sings lead on this. And, yes, it doesn't sound like a Weezer song at all, even on a album that's redefining what a "Weezer" song is. On it's own merits, this might be a great song, but it's simply too jarring to hear on the album.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Weezer Grows Up
Commonly referred to as The Red Album, this is the release where it seems that Rivers finally let go of feeling Weezer had to be purely a rock band and could branch out into more... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lunar Boulevard
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected more from Weezer
I really don't like to write reviews but for this I felt I had to. To me, Weezer is legendary, but this album fell far short of the usual awesomeness. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Katheryn Bennett
3.0 out of 5 stars Not their best, but not horrible
Weezer is a lot of fun. Their songs all sound the same, but they're fun in that campy way. This album isn't their best, but it's still fun
Published 14 months ago by Bitey (the big one)
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever strange
These guys can't help being their strange selves with songs like Pork and Beans and Troublemaker. This is the kind of stuff I've come to expect from Weezer and I hope they can... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Hitchdean
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!
you must not like this cd much. it is a underatted weezer album, it has potential to be big. it just is a lil crappy. the bonus tracks were worth the buy. thank you. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lukas Ashworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album
I really love this album. The deluxe version is the way to go because the bonus songs are the best. Read more
Published 19 months ago by nano
3.0 out of 5 stars weezer fan, but eh
i love weezer, but like more than half of weezer fans i'm a huge fan of their early work (blue album, pinkerton, green album) and not so much their newer stuff. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Candice L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I love this album. This album for me is almost as good as their first. I like how all of the band members had a chance at singing. They are all great.
Published on April 3, 2012 by Hadleigh
1.0 out of 5 stars From a Weezer Fan
As with every Weezer album to this point, I bought the red album without having sampled a single track. Read more
Published on February 16, 2012 by Zachary P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Weezer Album
Weezer still knows how to make such awesome music. This CD is one of my favorites that they've released (next to the Blue Album and Pinkerton). Read more
Published on May 12, 2011 by Christopher Choma
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Is this a Weird Al album?
They're saying in order to be accepted you have to act a certain way to be accepted, apparently Weezer is no longer good enough for the "dont care what you think" generation. How ironic.
Feb 17, 2009 by Brian |  See all 3 posts
Leaked Red Album songs...
I have 7 of the ten tracks in mp3 format downloaded. I pre-ordered this album on another site around the 1st of the month, it comes with a free limited 7-inch red vinyl of there first single "Pork and Beans" Of the songs I've heard, I really enjoyed them.
May 14, 2008 by Chad Carpenter |  See all 3 posts
Weezer Red Album!!
I am first... HELP ME TOO!!!!
Jun 3, 2008 by Mark Neilson |  See all 2 posts
I thought they broke up?
Not long after that MTV "report," Cuomo complained he was misquoted. The rest of Weezer said "hey, we never broke up!" It was a rather misleading situation. But, whatever.
May 28, 2008 by J. GARRATT |  See all 4 posts
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