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Weezer - Maladroit

Best Alternative Album
Best Power Pop Album

The following was originally published in our Review section. 

Review by antiGUY
 

It doesn’t really matter which label you want to put on Weezer, be it geek rock, alterna-pop or some other new fangled definition, one label that surely fits is power-pop. The more the band progresses the more evident the fact that they are one of the modern leaders of the genre for this generation. They have found a nitch for themselves in the art form perfected by those who came before like Elvis Costello and make the genre sound fresh and relevant in today’s popular music climate. 

Some have dismissed this album as being thrown together, a charge that carries wait if you only look at the fact that is was released less than a year after the chart topping “Green Album” but others are grateful they didn’t have to wait too long to get more of their requisite fill of Weezerness. 

Listening to “Maladroit” and “Green Album” back to back it does seem like the songs may have come from the same song-writing batch. The Green Album focused on the more commercial and poppier side while Maladroit seems to be filled with the songs the band thought were a little too heavy for the “Green Album”. Whether that is the case or not, doesn’t really matter in the end, the only thing that is important is that the songs are strong. Rivers Cuomo once again creates musical magic with his songwriting pen and “Maladroit” delivers more than it’s fair share of power-pop gems. 

Weezer purists will still declare that the “Blue Album” or “Pinkerton” shows us Weezer at their best but on the other hand with the “Green Album” and now with “Maladroit” we get a glimpse at Weezer down the line, a bit more mature, a lot more seasoned and maybe a little more cynical but in the end they haven’t really strayed too far from the formula that endured them to fans over the years. 

In some ways, “Maladroit” is Weezer’s strongest release yet giving us a more hard-hitting side of the band and in other ways it doesn’t quite measure up to their past accomplishments on first listen. But “Maladroit” is one of those albums that grows on you, with each subsequent listen, bringing out something else to love about it. Love it or hate it, “Maladroit” is still far superior to many CD’s released by other bands this year. My advise is for you to check it out for yourself and see if you connect with it, no amount of reviews and critical pontificating can accomplish what a simply putting a cd into your stereo can! 
 
 


CD Info 

Weezer - Maladroit
Label: Geffen
Rating: 
 
Tracks:
American Gigolo 
Dope Nose 
Keep Fishin' 
Take Control 
Death And Destruction 
Slob 
Burndt Jamb 
Space Rock 
Slave 
Fall Together 
Possibilities 
Love Explosion 
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