From Consequence of Sound:
I remember the last time I could say Weezer was my favorite band without being called an idiot. A little over 10 years ago, shortly after Maladroit confused fans of Weezer (The Green Album) and impressed the guitarists previously charmed by the understated six-string wizardry within Pinkerton and their blue-glazed debut. I liked this time a lot. It was nice to know that not only were Weezer a.) sophisticated enough to be considered intriguing but also b.) a serious-but-not-so-serious band with an indelible, Muppets-involving agenda that was pretty accessible to just about anyone interested.
But something changed in 2005. Their much maligned fifth studio effort, Make Believe, drove critics towards the john, an act that continued to thrive on 2008′s half OK, half awful Weezer (The Red Album), the abysmal, Lil’ Wayne-featuring Raditude, and 2010′s lukewarm and unnecessarily titled Hurley. What’s outrageous is how each album — well, with the exception of Hurley — was predicated with a torturous tease of a single. “Pork and Beans” was a slice of alt rock heaven seemingly pulled from 1995, while “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” brought out Cuomo’s actual angsty rebel despite a soon-to-be-dated reference to Best Buy. Of course, both of these led to half-assed albums and unnecessary internal and external collaborations.