On Second Thought
Weezer - Maladroit

By: Ian Mathers

Posted 08/30/2005 - 09:55:42 AM by wmdavidson:
 I'll be the first to admit that the first two "Weezer Mk II" albums, though disappointing on first listen, have only improved with time and distance. But there's not enough time and distance in the universe to make "Maladroit" seem like a better album than Blue and Pink. Come on now. Even if you argue that Weezer intentionally de-evolved its sound, there's no getting around the pure boneheadedness of stuff like "Slob" and "Possibilities," especially compared to what they were previously capable of. Songs like "Only in Dreams" and "Say It Ain't So" prove that structurally adventurous songs don't have to sacrifice immediacy and catchiness.
Posted 08/30/2005 - 10:01:32 AM by wmdavidson:
 "Burndt Jamb" and "Slave" are fantastic though.
Posted 08/30/2005 - 11:36:39 AM by IanMathers:
 Comparing song-to-song is one thing, but I think if you pit the full albums against each other Maladroit is just as structually adventurous as the first album and Pinkerton. Of course, I also don't think either "Only In Dreams" or "Say It Ain't So" are that far out.
Posted 08/30/2005 - 02:15:48 PM by thepuffin:
 I will have to agree that Maladroit is a significant improvement over the Green album, but I can't see it being better than the Blue or Pinkerton. I guess I miss Matt Sharp being in there. What killed the Green album for me was the inability to perform a guitar solo that was not the exact melody as the vocal track. This made the entire record stale. Mal was an improvement in this area.
Posted 08/31/2005 - 06:09:46 AM by andrew:
 Didn't some mainstream song completely and utterly rip off 'Burndt Jamb's riff? It's always incredibly reminiscent of another song, but maybe I'm dreaming...
Posted 09/07/2005 - 03:20:25 AM by spanko191:
 Before I read any reviews at all when I first picked this album up, I regarded it as Weezer's second best work, just below Blue, which is still a classic. I still find Green and Pinkerton to be Boring. The fact of the matter is, despite its not-so great replay value, and lyrical shortcomings, this is a rock out in your underwear album, with their finest single in Keep Fishing.
Posted 09/12/2005 - 01:10:42 PM by Ihatemathers:
 wow, Mathers.... What can I say? Well, first of all your an idiot. Each Weezer album has got better that the last? No. That may be one of the most asinine statements I've ever heard in my life. Second of all Weezers newest album, "Make Believe" is not "Truly Awful". In what sense is it better than anything Weezer has made in the last ten years? Songwriting, Melodies? If so your wrong. Weezer albums are un-comparable. They're nothing alike. Rivers Cuomo has experimented in many different areas, all nothing really alike. I find it hillarious you could push down Pinkerton the least bit. As it is one of the greatest albums of all time, no doubt.
Posted 10/06/2005 - 02:20:54 PM by redmeatgood:
 Good Times!