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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
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.