Raditude

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Alt-rockers deliver witty yet mostly tame tracks.

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

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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
Sex
Language

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

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byWOMBAT321 October 28, 2020
Kid, 11 years old May 1, 2016

Not the bands best

The band was done better. It is my favorite band and the first song on it is my favorite song ever it's not the best

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?

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."  

Talk to your kids 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?

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