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Featured article: Make Believe

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Make Believe is Weezer's fifth studio album, released on May 10, 2005. Despite its significant commercial success (it went platinum in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the U.K.), the record received middling reviews from critics, earning a Metascore of 52 and a notorious 0.4 rating from Pitchfork. The album was propelled by two highly successful singles - "Beverly Hills" and "Perfect Situation" - both of which marked career-highs for the band in radio and chart performance. Musically, the record marks Rivers Cuomo returning to a more emotional approach to songwriting following the intentionally impersonal work of Weezer (The Green Album) and Maladroit. Cuomo began attending Vipassana meditation courses while developing Make Believe's songs, after being encouraged to do so by the record's producer Rick Rubin. This led to a renewed interest in spirituality that he had not explored since childhood. Make Believe had one of the longest gestation periods of any of Weezer's albums, with dozens of fully arranged and recorded songs being left on the cutting room floor.

The album's associated tour cycle included a co-headlining tour with the Foo Fighters and a full-length concert film recorded in Tokyo, Japan.

The art direction for Make Believe is among the band's most ambitious. Designed by Francesca Restrepo, it features elaborate illustrations that were utilized in set-pieces for the band's live show, photography from Sean Murphy and Karl Koch, and the first reference to William Shakespeare in a Weezer record, a source Cuomo would mine extensively later on in his career.

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