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Classic Album Review: Weezer | Maladroit

The prolific Rivers Cuomo offers more short, sharp shots of bubble-crunch pop-rock.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Last Heard From: On their self-titled 2001 comeback disc (aka The Green Album), released exactly a year to the week before this release.

What You Get: More of the same — and then some. The half-hour Maladroit contains 13 short, sharp bubble-crunch shots from prolific popsmith Rivers Cuomo. For those who like a little V to go with their A, it also has about 10 minutes of concert, studio and backstage video footage playable on your computer.

Does it Rock? Like a candycane. Tracks like American Gigolo and the single Dope Nose have all the distortion-pedal melodicism, geek-rock romanticism and arena-rock backbeats to cement Weezer’s rep as the Cheap Trick of the new millennium.

The Dark Side: Cuomo’s smartly crafted, hook-laden songs may be as enjoyable and refreshing as a sugar buzz, but they also tend to stay with you about that long.

It’s Worth: Paying full price — even though you know you’ll be sick of hearing it by fall.