Raditude

Common Sense Media says

Alt-rockers deliver witty yet mostly tame tracks.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

While lots of Weezer songs talk about partying, they don't advocate extreme substance use or dangerous behavior. 

Positive role models

As rock bands go, Weezer is at the top of the good-behavior heap: frontman Rivers Cuomo is a Harvard grad known for his clean living, and his bandmates live similarly drama-free lives.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
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Language

One f-bomb (from guest rapper Lil Wayne) on the song "Can't Stop Partying." 

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple mentions of drinking and smoking, and one reference to "e" (the drug ecstasy).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that RADITUDE is a lot like past Weezer albums in the sense that it largely bypasses profanity and adult content in favor of harmless talk about meeting girls and having fun. There's one f-bomb (from guest rapper Lil Wayne) on the song "Can't Stop Partying" and a few references to drinking and smoking.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Weezer has always been a thinking-teen's alt-rock band, and the group's latest record, RADITUDE, proves the point. Like earlier Weezer albums, Raditude is filled with mostly clean lyrics that are at once simple and awesomely clever -- describing common-enough teen stuff like girls and partying in an extra witty way that makes you laugh out loud. For instance: "Knew this girl back in junior high school when nobody gave her a look / Look at what we got, the girl got hot, switched up and rewrote the book." Though the CD includes a couple references to drinking and the party drug ecstasy, as well as a guest appearance by notoriously raunchy rapper Lil Wayne, it's still suitable for teens looking for some good, clean rock-and-roll fun.      

Is it any good?

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Weezer's less-is-more lyrical approach applies to its music as well. The songs on Raditude don't offer complex arrangements, but the combination of rocking power chords and distinctive vocals from lead singer Rivers Cuomo result in several cool tracks. Standouts include the infectious hook in "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To," the thundering crescendo that comes in "Put Me Back Together," and the smooth rap contribution from Lil Wayne in "Can't Stop Partying."  

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Weezer's music. How do bands like Weezer manage to create music that's relevant to teens yet isn't chock full of graphic language, sex, and substance use?

  • Does it work for established rock bands to collaborate with newer

  • artists in entirely different genres -- as Weezer and Lil Wayne do

  • here?

Music details

Artist:Weezer
Release date:November 13, 2009
Label:Interscope Records
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byIronZombie75 December 17, 2009
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7
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Great band (and album) for kids!

I love Weezer. Now they are a good Emo-punk band, and that's coming from a guy who likes Suicide Silence (Deathcore, or Death Metal) and Bring Me The Horizon (Deathcore with a bit of techno effects added) These guys are good!

What other families should know
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byThe Narrator December 27, 2009
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Awesome band and cd =]

I loved this album (not as good as thier last ones though!). Weezer came out with another great album! But then again, I usually listen to My Chemical Romance, The Used, stuff like that.
I hoped this helped!

What other families should know
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written bybradley4846 April 28, 2010
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This is a very clean, and good album. It is NOT there best but a lot of the tracks are really catchy. The worst song on the album is 'Can't Stop Partying' which gives the album the rating im giving it. THis song talks about partying, and drinking. Lil Wayne uses 1 f-word and one b-word. Otherwise, the only other word is fr*akin.

I give it PG-13 for brief strong language

What other families should know
Too much swearing

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