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Friday, August 22, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 77.0° F  A Few Clouds
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Weezer: Raditude
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The geeky charm of Weezer has always been hard to resist. A few million people bought their debut CD in 1994 because tracks like "Undone - The Sweater Song" and "Buddy Holly" were quirky in the best way.

The problem with Weezer has always been: What is there to love after the novelty wears off?

On Raditude, Rivers Cuomo and company embrace the angst of geek love right away. "I Want You To" finds a guy intoxicated with his date's Slayer T-shirt and smeared mascara, impatiently hoping she'll make a move.

But the charm wears thin as the album meanders through uneventful compositions obsessed with good times and hot girls. "Can't Stop Partying" features Li'l Wayne rapping mundanely about the perils of alcohol and drugs.

Seven albums and 15 years into Weezer's career, their beauty still feels skin deep.

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