Weezer's Raditude is another polarizing album from a band that has a history of dividing their fans. Even still, the divisions seem to be taken to a new level with Raditude. I'm on the sidelines in this battle as I've never bought a Weezer album. Even so, after many listens, I found myself just as split as the band’s fan base.
If you're looking for something interesting and unique you won't find it here. For some reason, the long-time alternative rock band has decided to create a pop rock album. So, you get an album that plays like a teen movie soundtrack with first kisses, partying, hot girls, and trips to the mall. If you're the type who loathes mainstream pop rock or pop punk, then you should run! Part of Weezer's rabid fan base has been wearing out certain letters on their keyboards as they've been writing negative, expletive-filled reviews all over the Web.
On the other hand, if you're just a typical music fan looking for something upbeat and fun to listen to, then Raditude is for you. This is not my cup of tea, so I fall in the former group, but I can still appreciate the quality and listenability for the mainstream populous.
Fans that support the polished pop album say that this is all part of lead singer Rivers Cuomo's master plan. It's current pop music that could introduce the band to younger fans listening to hip hop, R&B, and younger rock acts. They argue that "I'm Your Daddy" could be the "Buddy Holly" for a new generation. Besides, whether it's your cup of tea or not, pop music this good takes some serious talent and skill.
Raditude has an upbeat, head nod-inducing, sunny, pop rock feel to it. It sounds terribly young for such an older, veteran band. The album seems like it's aimed at a much younger demographic than the aforementioned angry mob that's been following the band since The Blue Album.