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Weezerpedia's featured quote is a monthly showcase of a quote from our transcript archives. Weezerpedia currently has hundreds of interviews, record reviews, articles, and more, and our editors work together each month to select one that sheds light on the bands/topics we cover, highlights or "platforms" a band we want to support, etc. We have similar pages for featured songs, featured videos, featured articles, and featured images. Weezerpedia:Featured list is being put on hiatus for a spell.

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Featured quote - An excerpt from the New York Times' review of Raditude.



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Weezer, with its sulky pathos, major-key metal riffs and at least one fully brilliant hook per album, has had an ambivalent relationship with mainstream pop. But here Mr. Cuomo, its singer and main songwriter, is right up against it; he’s not so invested in protecting his artist’s distance. If Weezer made films and it were the 1970s, this might be a death-of-the-auteur review.

It wouldn’t be right. Way back in 2001, with the Green Album the tenor of Mr. Cuomo’s songs was already changing. They weren’t so coded to be authentically, messily emotional. They could still be weird or nasty, but took other guises: he started playing with different poses, writing outside himself.

Even weird and nasty is mostly gone from Raditude. Instead, Mr. Cuomo is working with hoary old rock-song themes: dance-floor lust ("The Girl Got Hot," "I’m Your Daddy"); workin’ for the weekend ("Let It All Hang Out"); spiritual serenity ("Love Is the Answer," with sitar, two-step Euro-pop rhythm and Indian singers); and, most jarring, a completely nonrock sentimentality and beauty, in the soft-pop/Tin Pan Alley chord changes that define "The Underdogs," written with Mr. Hara.

-Ben Ratliff, November 1, 2009

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March 2024 An excerpt from the New York Times' review of Raditude. --MyNameIsJason (talk) 22:08, 3 March 2024 (UTC)
February 2024 Music journalist Quinn Moreland, in response to a letter Rivers Cuomo wrote to fans ahead of the release of Pinkerton in 1996. --MyNameIsJason (talk) 22:22, 27 January 2024 (UTC)
January 2024 Rivers Cuomo in an interview ahead of performing at Jerry's Pizza in Bakersfield, CA, on the Summer 2000 Tour. --MyNameIsJason (talk) 06:31, 16 December 2023 (UTC)

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