Weezer, rock music's loudest nerds, are back with The Red Album. This album will sound familiar to anyone who's listened to Weezer's music before -- but that ain't a bad thing.

As with many Weezer songs, the protagonists are wannabe badasses who sound a bit too dorky for the loud drums and electric guitar backing them up. The character in "Troublemaker" is pure rebellion, while "Pork and Beans" expresses nonconforming as "I eat my candy with the pork and beans... I don't give a hoot about what you think." Even the risky actions in "Everybody Get Dangerous" don't seem all that bad. And "Dreamin'" is nothing but avoiding any responsibility while fantasizing.

The Red Album does go into other areas as well. "Cold Dark World" is a creepy romance, "The Angel and the One" is surprisingly touching, and "Heart Songs" is a loving tribute to significant songs in the singer's life (and may be the only music list including Joan Baez, Quiet Riot, Debbie Gibson, and Nirvana).

Weezer reminds me of the Ramones in that they seldom stray from their signature sound but do well within in. You won't find much on The Red Album that you haven't heard on previous Weezer albums -- but you will enjoy these rockin' tunes!

Overall grade: B+

Reviewed by James Lynch

(Below is the video for Weezer's "Pork and Beans," featuring some of the Internet's biggest viral video celebrities.)

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