Pros:Poppy, catchy, hummable. A return to form after a long absence.
Cons:Unadventurous, sounds very much like other albums.
The Bottom Line: Hit your head against the wall. Did that hurt? If so, do not buy this album.
You'd expect more from a band that disappeared for five years so that it's lead singer could complete college at none less than Harvard. despite the trash-pop of "Hash Pipe," and the snappin' tight harmonies of "Don't Let Go," this album overall fails to deliver. After the fourth track, the songs seem to blend together, with only a defining moment occasionally visible. Despite the clever songwriting and the great harmonies (you can't understate harmonies these days: these are some of the best I've heard since the Soft Boys), it just sounds so overwhelmingly TAME.
There's no pop, no flash, no big stand-out song. "Hash Pipe" is the closest thing to that on the album, and even that is a bit of a let-down if considered as the song that carries the whole thing. Weezer's fifties-retro pop-punk style is wearing a little thin, and even if it weren't, ten tracks and twenty-eight minutes is not long enough. Maybe if they were to take another five years they could come up with something more prolific than "any day now you'll call me up on the phone, say you'll love me more than you ever did before." This is a little banal even for the most N'Sync-jaded teeny-boppers.
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