our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
five-year-hiatus between Pinkerton and their self-titled
"Green" album, many people wondered whether or not the
kings of geek alterna-rock still had what it took to make a good
album. And, after "The Green Album's" poppier feel many
people were still left wondering.
Now just a
year later, Weezer have come out with Maladroit, the
second album in their "comeback." This move has left
many wondering even further - wondering whether the band has reduced
itself to spitting out low-grade songs just to put out new albums,
or whether the band has finally reached its stride once again.
for if Maladroit is any indicator, "The Green Album"
was the result of a band working to regain its footing. It did
its work, creating new Weezer fans by the thousands. Maladroit,
on the other hand, pulls Weezer back a few years to that "Blue"
album feel, ripe with an overall heavier guitar crunch than we've
heard before from Cuomo & Co.
intro track "American Gigolo" is proof alone Weezer's
sudden infatuation with big, dirty guitars, and the album's first
single "Dope Nose" attests once again to this fact.
However, on tracks like "Burndt Jamb" Weezer likens
back to their lighter surf-rock style so prevalant in "Green's"
"Island in the Sun."
signature grace has always been their penchant for alluring vocal
harmonization, and on Maladroit the band continues to
deliver. That and Cuomo's warped lyrics (see "cheese tastes
good on a burnt piece of lamb" from "Dope Nose")
flesh out Maladroit's vocals nicely.
All of this
considered, it is somewhat disappointing when, once all is said
aid done, there is nothing on the album that truly sticks with
you. Maladoit alas, has no "Buddy Holly" or
"Sweater Song" - leaving the "Blue" album
reigning supreme. Those still new to Weezer would be best going
with said album, leaving Maladroit as a worthy continuation
with what's sure to become an infatuation with this continually
2. Dope Nose
3. Keep Fishin'
4. Take Control
5. Death and Destruction
7. Burndt Jamb
8. Space Rock
10. Fall Together
12. Love Explosion