14 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

At heart, Rivers Cuomo is a pop star with a hard rocker’s heart. He loves tough guitars, caressing harmonies and earnest melodies that sound as if they were born to come cranking out of a transistor radio. On Hurley, the band’s 2010 release, Cuomo teams up with a number of co-writers, from professional song doctors Desmond Child and Linda Perry to alt-country performer Ryan Adams and 1970s star Mac Davis. There’s plenty here to like.  “Ruling Me,” written with Dan Wilson, swoons like the Beach Boys. “Run Away,” with Ryan Adams, adds a new-wave rock tension from 1982. “Smart Girls,” with No Doubt’s Tony Kanal, pushes off a bass line to lead into its explosive chorus. “Where’s My Sex?” is the sound of Cuomo reverting to form as the confused arrested adolescent. “Time Flies,” with Mac Davis, is a deliberately raw closing tune highlighted by Cuomo’s nearly off-key emotionalism giving things a desperate goodbye as Weezer transform into lo-fi kings Guided by Voices for a moment. The Deluxe Edition includes four bonus cuts, including a convincing read of Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” and the hard-rock crunching of “All My Friends Are Insects.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

At heart, Rivers Cuomo is a pop star with a hard rocker’s heart. He loves tough guitars, caressing harmonies and earnest melodies that sound as if they were born to come cranking out of a transistor radio. On Hurley, the band’s 2010 release, Cuomo teams up with a number of co-writers, from professional song doctors Desmond Child and Linda Perry to alt-country performer Ryan Adams and 1970s star Mac Davis. There’s plenty here to like.  “Ruling Me,” written with Dan Wilson, swoons like the Beach Boys. “Run Away,” with Ryan Adams, adds a new-wave rock tension from 1982. “Smart Girls,” with No Doubt’s Tony Kanal, pushes off a bass line to lead into its explosive chorus. “Where’s My Sex?” is the sound of Cuomo reverting to form as the confused arrested adolescent. “Time Flies,” with Mac Davis, is a deliberately raw closing tune highlighted by Cuomo’s nearly off-key emotionalism giving things a desperate goodbye as Weezer transform into lo-fi kings Guided by Voices for a moment. The Deluxe Edition includes four bonus cuts, including a convincing read of Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” and the hard-rock crunching of “All My Friends Are Insects.”

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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
774 Ratings

774 Ratings

PaulHinze ,

Ouch

I have liked just about everything Weezer has done since the beginning, except maybe most of Maladroit, but this album just doesn't sound good. I will always love Weezer, but all but one or two songs on this album are getting unchecked so as not to be synced to my iPod. :(

D Pic ,

Weezer gets worse with every album

I have been a weezer fan all my life, even through Raditude. But this, I cannot bear. This is not weezer. This is garbage.

Linkin Mark ,

Yeah Weezer! Thank you!

You saved the day! I was looking forward to Linkin Park's new album and Weezer's new one. I bought both and listened to LP's first and man it was horrible! I hated it so much (I mean look at my name... I was a huge fan). Then I needed Weezer to save the day and I heard Memories... Oh my sugar dumplings... Weezer went and saved the day! I love this band! They've been around most of my life and they're still pumping out the hits! I don't know if it's as good as their first album or the Red Album but still good. I ABSOLUTELY love the song Unspoken. At the very least, buy that song but the album is worth the money for a Weezer fan. By all means, avoid Linkin Park's new album A Thousand Suns. Get this instead!

I also love that this band used Hurley from Lost as their cover and album name. I totally get why they did this. Who doesn't love Hurley?!?!? I would have bought the album just to support Weezer for being so cool by doing this. You tell me one band as big as Weezer who would ever consider doing this. Justin Beeber would never do this. That's why Weezer is so cool!

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