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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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The red album by Weezer along with the blue album are two of the best in my opinion. It has a lot of popular songs that everyone in the family can enjoy but it is also an album... Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Shane Andis
Another fantastic album by my favorite band... I love Pork & Beans, Troublemaker, and Heart Songs..... Read morePublished 2 months ago by William D. Skinner
Least favorite album from one of my favorite bands. The weird thing, two of my all-time fav songs are here- The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived and Pork and Beans. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Trent Goldsmith
I bought it as a Christmas present for my boyfriend, but I ended up really liking it too. We listen to it all the time in the car now.Published 12 months ago by Alice
This album competes with "The Blue Album" for my favorite to date by Weezer. I think this is one I got because I heard one song on a video game ("Automatic" on... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Eric M
This album is great, and I am still rocking these tracks 6 years after it was released.
The song "Everybody Get Dangerous" is a fun listen.
When I first bought this album, I didn't know what to think. Rivers was wearing a cowboy hat for crying out loud. I popped it in my CD player, and then Troublemaker came on. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished 23 months ago by Lunar Boulevard
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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 | 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
|I love Troublemaker||Be the first to reply|
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