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Featured video: "Hash Pipe" performed by Mélissa Laveaux at the Institut Francais Indonesia in Jakarta, June 2014

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Featured article: Make Believe

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Make Believe is Weezer's fifth studio album, released on May 10, 2005. Despite its significant commercial success (it went platinum in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the U.K.), the record received middling reviews from critics, earning a Metascore of 52 and a notorious 0.4 rating from Pitchfork. The album was propelled by two highly successful singles - "Beverly Hills" and "Perfect Situation" - both of which marked career-highs for the band in radio and chart performance. Musically, the record marks Rivers Cuomo returning to a more emotional approach to songwriting following the intentionally impersonal work of Weezer (The Green Album) and Maladroit. Cuomo began attending Vipassana meditation courses while developing Make Believe's songs, after being encouraged to do so by the record's producer Rick Rubin. This led to a renewed interest in spirituality that he had not explored since childhood. Make Believe had one of the longest gestation periods of any of Weezer's albums, with dozens of fully arranged and recorded songs being left on the cutting room floor.

The album's associated tour cycle included a co-headlining tour with the Foo Fighters and a full-length concert film recorded in Tokyo, Japan.

The art direction for Make Believe is among the band's most ambitious. Designed by Francesca Restrepo, it features elaborate illustrations that were utilized in set-pieces for the band's live show, photography from Sean Murphy and Karl Koch, and the first reference to William Shakespeare in a Weezer record, a source Cuomo would mine extensively later on in his career.

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"Run, Raven, Run" is the seventh and final track from SZNZ: Autumn.

With a runtime of 5:14, "Run, Raven, Run" is thus far the longest song the band has released during the SZNZ EP series. In discussing the song's placement on Autumn, Rivers Cuomo described the song on his discord server as "the culmination of all the fear terror and anxiety and the loss we're about to confront," on SZNZ: Winter.

The song possesses a non-traditional song structure by Weezer's standards, employing dramatic changes in time signature and tempo between numerous distinct sections. This includes a crescendo that recalls other Weezer album closers like "Only in Dreams" and "The Angel and the One," with Pat Wilson playing steady eighth-notes, and Cuomo and Brian Bell playing ascending guitar lines. Rather than culminate in a loud guitar section, however, the song ends with Cuomo alone, singing the song's main refrain accompanied by a music box. Cuomo reportedly sang this portion of the song while he was sick with COVID.

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On this day... October 2

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A Weezer jack-o'-lantern based on The Red Album cover.
Photo credit: Gene P.
November 1, 2008

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Featured quote - Pat Wilson in the press kit released alongside Weezer (The Blue Album)

"We recorded this with Ric Ocasek and Chris Shaw at Electric Lady in N.Y. The record sounds the way it does because the drums aren't the loudest thing in the mix. Somehow, Phil Collins' style of recording has taken over, and we didn't want that. The only effects used are fuzz bass on "In The Garage" and a little compression here and there. Certainly not as much as they put on Ringo. Our live show is different from the record..."

-Pat Wilson, c. May 1994

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