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After a dispute with Geffen/Interscope over the release of its next album, Weezer has returned with its awesome fourth studio set, “Maladroit.” Earlier this year, the group enraged the label when it made a number of the “Maladroit” songs available online and personally sent radio stations and publications an eight-track “preview” disc. Several tracks garnered immediate airplay, particularly “Dope Nose,” which is No. 9 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart.
That aside, “Maladroit” injects a bit more variety into the irresistibly catchy, pop/punk style of last year’s self-titled “Green” album, which has sold more than 1.3 million copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan. Cuomo says he’s fallen deep into the songwriting zone, doubting himself less and trusting the muse more often. As a result, he’s no longer afraid to wear his love for ’80s metal (heard on tracks such as “Fall Together”) on his sleeve. Guitarist Brian Bell says, “Rivers has just unleashed the shredding beast in himself.”
“It’s been there all along, and I’ve had to consciously repress it on our first three records,” Cuomo says with a laugh. “I had to force myself not to bust out with Scorpions riffs. And, at this point in my life, I really don’t want to force anything anymore. I just wanna let it all hang out. So, on [“Maladroit”], it all just came pouring out.” The band is on tour in Japan through late May but is expected to hit North America this summer.