Make Believe

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Whining isn't usually this much fun!

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Lyrics seem to say it's OK to feel insecure, and tell the world about it.


One or two violent images, with poetic license.


Nothing obvious.


"Crap" is as strong as it gets.


A brand name or two mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"We Are All On Drugs" seems to be anti-drug but is left open to interpretation.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the members of Weezer are a little whiny, but harmless.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMychemicalstinkpants February 24, 2011
Adult Written byjoshrob1995 April 9, 2008
Kid, 12 years old March 20, 2015

Still good after all these years

I grew up on Weezer. I remember the moment I heard my first Weezer song. On the Muppets DVD, they had the music video for "Keep Fishin". I went crazy.... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008


there was only one good song the rest stunk!! i hate this album

What's the story?

The members of Weezer rock just about as hard and loud as they have on past albums, with their insecure-self-absorption flag held high. Although parents might think there's something a little odd about grown men acting this unapologetically whiny, teenagers probably will love their well-delivered bludgeons of poetic self-doubt.

Is it any good?

Track lengths are longer than on the previous four albums, allowing for some instrumental stretching out, especially on more than a few blistering guitar-fueled moments. The vocals are mixed way up front, so every anxious breath -- and lyric -- is clear as a bell. The lyrics may range from delightfully clever ("Beverly Hills"; "We Are All on Drugs") to totally inane ("Pardon Me"), but all are treated with the exact same degree of artistic intensity.

Consistently energetic and well-performed, the songs on MAKE BELIEVE rock hard, expressing a rare and honest vulnerability. Your kids could do a whole lot worse than, for example, lyrics like "I'm going to try to improve my manners/everyone, yes everyone, is my friend" ("You Freak Me Out") on a song about being wary of strangers on a city street. We've all been there.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about kids' feelings of insecurity, even if these 30-ish rockers ought to be over it by now.

Music details

  • Artist: Weezer
  • Release date: May 10, 2005
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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