Make Believe - (Import CD)
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- Rock & Pop
- Mono / Stereo
- Rick Rubin
- Make Believe
Weezer: Scott Shriner, Rivers Cuomo, Pat Wilson, Brian Bell.
Additional personnel: Akiko Tarumoto (violin); Jason Freese (saxophone); Stephanie Eitel (background vocals).
Weezer opens its fifth record, 2005's MAKE BELIEVE, with the single "Beverly Hills," an anthemic slice of power-pop with a sing-along chorus and heart-on-the-sleeve vocals. The song makes it seem as though Weezer hadn't changed a speck since the band captured hearts of MTV fans and indie rockers alike with its 1994 eponymous debut. However, what follows is one of the quartet's most musically mature efforts--a diverse, gratifying album filled with Beatlesque hooks and guided by the skilled hand of producer Rick Rubin.
As frontman Rivers Cuomo shines a flashlight on himself with trademark insecurity on lines like "I have many doubts about my motives" and "I'm not the toughest guy," his voice quavers and quakes in the innocent style that has endeared him to so many. The mood of MAKE BELIEVE roams from the desperate late-night isolation of the piano-led "Perfect Situation" to the love-gone-wrong vibe of the synthesizer-heavy "This Is Such a Pity." The album ends on the lovelorn, weeping-guitar loneliness of "Haunt You Every Day," and it's clear that Cuomo is still a sad, pining poet in search of elusive serenity, but the group's songcraft is ever growing.
- Country of Origin
- Universal Distribution
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Beverly Hills
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Perfect Situation
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] This Is Such a Pity
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Hold Me
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Peace
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] We Are All on Drugs
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Damage in Your Heart, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Pardon Me
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] My Best Friend
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Other Way, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Freak Me Out
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Haunt You Every Day
- Studio / Live
Rolling Stone (p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Cuomo's songs are his most plaintive and brilliant since PINKERTON....Not since Brian Wilson has an L.A.-pop mastermind gotten such musical mileage out of wanting to be an ordinary guy..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Cuomo's nerdy every-kid persona continues to shine."
Paste (magazine) - "'Pardon Me' is Cuomo at his self-pitying best, a wistful bit of self-recrimination only Weezer can pull of without sounding completely absurd."
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