Make Believe The Guardian record review
|Make Believe (2005)
|Studio album by Weezer
|May 10, 2005
Reviewer: Dave Simpson (The Guardian)
Publishing date: May 5, 2005
Weezer have been off the scene for a while because front man Rivers Cuomo has been studying at Harvard, taking time out "to be a good person". In the meantime, their studied nerd-rock has taken something of an assault from sound-similar bands such as McFly and Busted who are actually, well, nerdish. Weezer's reply has been to up the sarcasm and wit to emphasise that much of what they do is at least heavily ironic. Lead-off single Beverley Hills[sic] manages to lambast both airhead ambition and the class system. The cheekily hilarious We Are All on Drugs snipes at dim-witted sophisticates who think loading up on narcotics and then telling everybody about it is such fun.
Elsewhere, there are familiar Weezer trademarks such as handclaps, bad cardigans, buzzsaw guitars, horn-rimmed glasses and at least one immaculate pastiche of Joan Jett's I Love Rock'n'Roll. Most curiously, a chunk of almost straight-faced love/self-doubt songs show that while these geeks may not inherit the earth, they can play their competitors at their own game.
— Dave Simpson, May 5, 2005