Make Believe

 
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Whining isn't usually this much fun!

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Violence

One or two violent images, with poetic license.

Sex

Nothing obvious.

Language

"Crap" is as strong as it gets.

Consumerism

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.

Parents Need to Know

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

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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

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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. This was the first Weezer album that I bought. I think I got it around 10-11. This album has no violence,Crap is the only bad word, and only mild innuendo. Even though I am more into rap now, I still remember that this album/band introduced me to just music in general.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Educator Written byMychemicalstinkpants February 24, 2011
 

the movie finder is all wrong

this is an great alubum
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
 

STINKS

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

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