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

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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