A quick background: I'm an old time fan (since I first heard Undone on the radio when I was 11 or 12) through now. On another band's forum, I started doing track by track reviews of albums (Velvet Underground for example) with the intention of doing the entire discography. Ratings go from 1-10, with 1 being the theoretical worst song possible and 10 being the theoretical best song possible. Please note that I have only given a handful of tracks a 10 rating in my life and there will eventually be a Weezer song that earns a 1 rating.

I'm all the way through Raditude so I figured I'd start posting them here to get a bit more harsh criticisms from more serious fans of the band. My goal was to assess each song on its merits, minimizing the amount of nostalgia that could bump up a rating.

Here's Blue:


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1. My Name Is Jonas – 8. My name is Wepeel, got a box full of your toys. Fresh out of batteries, but they’re still making noise.
2. No One Else – 5. One of the weaker songs on the album. The chorus isn’t particularly special and the double track vocals definitely are deleterious. Still,
it has its charms such as the clever vocals on the second verse and
general exuberance. This one smoked live back in 95/96, but on record it leaves a bit
to be desired.
3. The World Has Turned and Left Me Here – 5. Another one that never did a lot for me. The lyrics are typical of the
more serious moments of the album which are simplistic yet heartfelt
which really sells it. Unfortunately, the melody isn’t all that strong
and there isn’t much of a shift in dynamics throughout the four
minutes. Not a bad song by any means.
4. Buddy Holly – 8. Buoyant pop rock synthesizers, falsetto vocals, pseudo-rap phrasing, clever lyrics, and hooks galore.
5. Undone – 8. Another generational classic. Key change guitar solo, falsetto 1-8 harmony, off kilter vocals. Unique yet oddly familiar.
6. Surf Wax America – 8. The band liked closing with this one because it's fast and everyone goes crazy. The break
down in the middle makes classic Weezer classic Weezer. Fun as hell.
7. Say It Ain’t So – 9. Everyone between the ages of 16 and 30 (if not a greater span) knows
this song. Angsty, depressing, and great. The vocal arrangement may be
less interesting than some of the other songs but I’ll be damned if the
1-8 falsetto harmony doesn’t make the first verse.
8. In the Garage –6. This is also one of the less memorable songs on its own but it is absolutely essential to the album. Written following the confidence boost Rivers got following landing the record deal. I like how the last chorus adds Brian's vocal and continues longer than the earlier choruses.
9. Holiday – 7. Another gem. The first half of the song is really just a set up for the
awesomeness and joy of the second half that follows another great
breakdown (hence it not being a solid 8). Excellent vocal arrangement
again.
10. Only In Dreams – 8. Eight minute epic closer. The chorus melody is nothing special, but
everything else is. This is simply about a guy that has a crush on a
girl and asks her to dance with him and she accepts. As cheesy as it
sounds, Rivers and co. completely sell it. “You say ‘It’s a good thing
that you float in the air (in the air). That way there’s no way I (I)
will (will) crush your pretty toenails into a thousand pieces.’” When
people say they miss Rivers writing good lyrics, they aren’t talking
about some kind of great poetry but simple lines like those that are
unobvious but completely evocative (and those awkward backing vocals
seal the deal). Of course I haven’t even mentioned the glorious
breakdown and build up and guitar orgy at the end.

B-Sides
Mykel and Carli – 8. Named after the original fan club presidents who died not too long
after this song was written in a car crash. Unfortunately, this makes
the lyrics “I had these two best friends, til the school bus came and
took my friends away” almost prescient. The song would have been a
welcome addition to the Blue Album proper. It tells a fictionalized
tale of Rivers and his friends Mykel and Carli. They gave him a hat and
the teacher took it away. The guitar solo is short but ever so sweet.
Great essential song.
Jamie – 7. There are two b-side versions. The first is an electric version that
was done for a student project before the blue album sessions hence the
sound not being quite as good as the blue album and the second is an
acoustic version. Both versions are equally great. A love song to their
lawyer with some typical off kilter lyrics for the period that the band
completely sells.
My Evaline – 6. Interesting four part harmony vocal exercise that’s less than a minute long.
Susanne – 7. Classic 6/8 Weezer in every sense. Harmonies, solos, metal band references all in a seemingly sincere ode to a lady.

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Blue deserves all 10's
I think you underrated No One Else and TWHTALMH as well.

Some people are going to have a s***-fit when they see your review of Mally:

1. American Gigolo - 4. Maladroit begins with this lurching riff heavy tune. I still have no idea why the chose to open with this sludgy song beyond the first lyric. I guess it is an appropriate introduction to the world of Maladroit - snazzy drumming, heavy riffs, awful lyrics, occasional melodies, general half baked compositions.
2. Dope Nose - 7. Badass tune and one of the best of the post-Pinkerton era tunes. It is as nonsensical as the rest of the album lyrically without even an attempt at wit. Ignore that and have fun - it's catchy and has tons of "whoa"s. This is where the return of Rivers, Guitar God first and maybe best comes in play on this album. The solo here is ripping and concise, just what it needs to be. Further credit should be given to Pat Wilson's nifty syncopated beat during the riff. The demo version has a much more straight forward beat which is not only less interesting, but less effective. A worthy addition to their catalog.
3. Keep Fishin - 6. This one was the big single from the album. It's biggest merit is its clever structure alternating from a swung 8th note beat verse to a driving straight rock chorus. It even features some classic Weezer off kilter vocals. And the less than coherent lyrics kinda work on this one. With all that it has going for it, I wish I could like it more. The chorus is decent when it needed to be great in order to solidify the tune as a great, clever Weezer song.
4. Take Control - 4. Another sludgy riff rock song. Bits I enjoy (the "won't be coming back..." line), while other stuff I don't (pretty much everything else). The solo is uncharacteristically clunky but beyond that, there is nothing more overtly negative to add.
5. Death and Destruction - 2. This song first appeared on their website in demo form as an instrumental. Musically, it is quite nice and a good change of pace from the up beat rockers that preceded it. The main problem is the vocal that Rivers added. This is probably the worst offender of the "Rivers writing generic lyrics" era. Not only that, but the vocal delivery reinforces his lack of giving a s***. The melody is completely unmemorable throughout which does the rest no favors. I read a review when the album came out that said this song was his most personal since Pinkerton. That reviewer is wrong for so many reasons and it makes me hate the song oh so much more. It's a shame because instrumentally, it is a decent tune (save for the tastefully unsound solo). And god, he spells out "I love you" at the end. Just awful.
Showing some gained wisdom with age, the song returned on the Make Believe tour back in instrumental form.
6. Slob - 6. I was surprised to find this one has held up rather well. This is the second and final of the Summer 2000 tunes to be included on a proper album and hasn't changed much in execution from the demo. The strength of this song lies in a surprisingly inspired vocal from Rivers. Of course the lyrics are stupid (although they do seem to make sense), but the melody and the double time/regular time transitions bolster Rivers' vocal.
7. Burnt Jamb - 5. Nice contrasting mellow jam with hard rock out. The lyrics are an after thought which is further reinforced by the fact that this song first surfaced in demo form as an instrumental. Neither good nor bad, but pretty forgettable.
8. Space Rock - 3. Awkward falsetto lead vocal from Rivers and the lyrics are about...the weezer message board and his difficulty dealing with fans criticisms on the board. Ugh. Nothing much else to bring the song up after that except for a serviceable melody on the chorus and some good drumming from Pat.
9. Slave - 6. Decent little tune. The non sensical lyrics actually work well with the strong melody. It is interesting that bands like The Killers can get away with lyrics that don't really make much sense, yet the phrasing can convey or evoke a certain emotion regardless of the actual meaning of the words as a group. To a lesser extent, this works with this song. Mate factoid: I ripped off one of the fills in this song unknowingly for a demo I did with one of my bands.
10. Fall Together - 4. Maybe the hardest rocking tune on the album, certainly the most metal solo Rivers on the album. Good drumming, so so riff, so so lyrics, vocals, melody, etc. Beyond the solo and the drumming, there is nothing good or bad about this one which ultimately leaves it as substandard but not awful.
11. Possibilities - 5. This one sounds like it starts in the middle of the song with some driving guitars and drums followed by an awkward solo with some awkward backing vocals. Once the verse gets going, things sail by better. This is a pretty spirited performance which overcomes the lack of development of the song itself. Decent.
12. Love Explosion - 6. Very odd rewrite of Locomotion with some above average riffs. Being that it uses the same winning melody as the aforementioned classic, this one is easy pretty damn catchy. Zero points for creativity, plus points for it being a snappy tune.
13. December - 4. Another alright tune with a superior demo version. When it came time to record this for the album, Rivers deemed it necessary to eschew all the subtleties of the demo for a more ham fisted arrangement. Gone are the 1-3-8 harmonies and musical sparseness, and its place are the usual Maladroit...noise. Like the previous albums, this is another ballad closer. Better than O Girlfriend, but not by much.

B Sides - Mercifully, most b-sides were live takes of Green album material
14. Living Without You -4. This appears to be taken from the later demo sessions and is completely untouched. Consequently some pieces are a bit rough (the back up vocals for example). This driving rocker lacks the hooks to make it memorable in anyway.
That might be a bit harsh, but as I explained, neither of those songs is especially strong in my book. When I first heard the album I thought they were so so and usually skipped over them to get to Buddy Holly. I've learned to appreciate them more of the years in the context of the album but taken by itself, I don't rate them that highly.

mememe said:
why would you give the world has turned and left me here and no one else 5's ??
This is a good example of why I hate scored reviews. The highest score is always unattainable which, to me seems extremely picky. Not to mention the descriptions never justify the score in my experience of reviews both from 'professional' critics and fans alike.

Please note, I'm not saying I hate the review but find the scored style rather unnecessary.
I actually started the reviews of the Weezer chronology to see if a quantitative review could be as effective as a qualitative review. I have come across plenty of deficiencies thus far but figured it would be a good experiment and welcome the feedback.

It's weird, after rereading the Maladroit review above, the descriptions seem pretty spot on for how I feel.

Rae said:
This is a good example of why I hate scored reviews. The highest score is always unattainable which, to me seems extremely picky. Not to mention the descriptions never justify the score in my experience of reviews both from 'professional' critics and fans alike.

Please note, I'm not saying I hate the review but find the scored style rather unnecessary.
well it IS your review is it not?

http://www.clashcity.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=4645


matedog said:
I actually started the reviews of the Weezer chronology to see if a quantitative review could be as effective as a qualitative review. I have come across plenty of deficiencies thus far but figured it would be a good experiment and welcome the feedback.

It's weird, after rereading the Maladroit review above, the descriptions seem pretty spot on for how I feel.

Rae said:
This is a good example of why I hate scored reviews. The highest score is always unattainable which, to me seems extremely picky. Not to mention the descriptions never justify the score in my experience of reviews both from 'professional' critics and fans alike.

Please note, I'm not saying I hate the review but find the scored style rather unnecessary.
It is. What I meant was, after reviewing subsequent albums and giving it some time, I still feel the same.


hintofcoolness said:
well it IS your review is it not?

http://www.clashcity.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=4645


matedog said:
I actually started the reviews of the Weezer chronology to see if a quantitative review could be as effective as a qualitative review. I have come across plenty of deficiencies thus far but figured it would be a good experiment and welcome the feedback.

It's weird, after rereading the Maladroit review above, the descriptions seem pretty spot on for how I feel.

Rae said:
This is a good example of why I hate scored reviews. The highest score is always unattainable which, to me seems extremely picky. Not to mention the descriptions never justify the score in my experience of reviews both from 'professional' critics and fans alike.

Please note, I'm not saying I hate the review but find the scored style rather unnecessary.
Another Blue Album review... who cares!!! seriously!

why do people feel the need to rate every single thing??? This is just juvenile mentality. the album has been out for +15 years now. anything that could possibly be said or written about it has!


Dungeon Master said:
Another Blue Album review... who cares!!! seriously!

why do people feel the need to rate every single thing??? This is just juvenile mentality. the album has been out for +15 years now. anything that could possibly be said or written about it has!
what? your logic, i dont, understand
Leave
its fine to have your own opinion... that doesn't mean you should post it on the board.

do you say every thought that is in your head?

there are plenty of more relevant weezer things to talk about than reviewing the blue album.



reconrose said:


Dungeon Master said:
Another Blue Album review... who cares!!! seriously!

why do people feel the need to rate every single thing??? This is just juvenile mentality. the album has been out for +15 years now. anything that could possibly be said or written about it has!
what? your logic, i dont, understand
As I mentioned, I wrote reviews for all albums and was going to do it chronologically. You always have the option not to read the thread.

Dungeon Master said:
its fine to have your own opinion... that doesn't mean you should post it on the board.

do you say every thought that is in your head?

there are plenty of more relevant weezer things to talk about than reviewing the blue album.



reconrose said:


Dungeon Master said:
Another Blue Album review... who cares!!! seriously!

why do people feel the need to rate every single thing??? This is just juvenile mentality. the album has been out for +15 years now. anything that could possibly be said or written about it has!
what? your logic, i dont, understand

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