Sunday, June 15, 2008

Make Up the Break Down: Weezer (The Red Album)

I'm not sure exactly when Rivers Cuomo decided to test just how far good will can take you in the music business, but it's a question that he's been asking for a while now—at least since The Green Album. It's as if Weezer has become some sort of social experiment, feeling out how closely they can coax their legion of apologists and hangers-on to follow them into the very heart of irrelevance. I used to be a member of the focus group, but when Make Believe came along, with its faux balladry and power-chord blandness, I came to the conclusion that what I was listening to was either shameless sarcasm disguised as cleverness or the final floundering of a band that had clearly lost any creative flare that it once (however accidentally) had. What the band's sixth LP and third self-titled venture, The Red Album, seems to prove is that, in all likelihood, it was both.

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