Weezer (The Red Album) Billboard record review

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Studio album by Weezer
Released June 3, 2008
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Weezer (The Red Album)
Reviewer: Lavinia Jones Wright (Billboard)
Publishing date: Unlisted
Rating: 7/10
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Kicking off its newest album with its own ripped-off riff is the first of many acts of defiance present on this self-titled set, distinguished by its red cover. The intro chords of opener "Troublemaker" instantly evoke the similar intro to "The Good Life" from 1996's "Pinkerton"; the snarkiness isn't a surprise from mastermind Rivers Cuomo, who has never particularly cared about anyone's expectations. To wit, "Pork and Beans" is supposedly a response to the band being told by label bigwigs that the album lacked a hit single; lo and behold, it's been No. 1 on Modern Rock for four straight weeks. Elsewhere, Cuomo turns the mic over to the other three members of Weezer for a song each (the best: "Automatic," sung by drummer Pat Wilson), unironically salutes the influence of Nirvana ("Heart Songs") and marries fake crowd noise and piano to the thick power chords of "Greatest Man." Rock on.


— Lavinia Jones Wright

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