Weezer – Maladroit: #550 of best 1,000 albums ever!

Weezer - Maladroit

So why is Weezer’s Maladroit on this best 1,000 albums ever thing?

I love Weezer. Love them. So it’s exciting for me to get to the first of multiple Weezer albums that will eventually (stay tuned!) grace the best 1,000 albums ever project.

“Fall Together,” the best song on Maladroit, is one of my all-time favorite Weezer songs. It’s a perfect Weezer, song, really: it opens with an absolutely crushing hard rock guitar riff, it’s catchy as hell, and features Rivers Cuomo’s knack for crafting verses that segue seamlessly into soaring, sing along-able choruses. In short, it absolutely rocks.

“Dope Nose” opens with a fast-paced guitar riff that sets the tone for the rest of the song. The energy of the music is matched by the vocal delivery, with Rivers Cuomo’s high-pitched vocals providing a dynamic contrast to the instrumentation. The lyrics, about wanting to escape the mundane and take risks, are relatable – very much so these days, I dare say.

“Take Control” is a powerful rock song that showcases Weezer’s versatility. Its distorted guitar solo stands out and adds a sense of urgency, while the lyrics – about taking control of one’s life and not settling for mediocrity (notice a theme?) – are inspiring.

The chorus on “Keep Fishin'” is incredibly catchy and will stay stuck in your head for days. The music video, featuring the Muppets, is also a fun addition that adds to the overall excitement of the track.

Some stats & info about Weezer – Maladroit

  • What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Rock Music, Alternative Rock, SoCal Bands, Pop Punk
  • Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
  • All Music’s rating4 out of 5 stars
  • When was Maladroit released? 2002
  • My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #550 out of 1,000

Weezer’s Maladroit on Spotify

A lyrical snippet from Weezer’s Maladroit that’s evocative of the album in some way, maybe

We go together baby, and if we do, yeah I’ll be your weakness baby, and get to you.

What’s the most interesting thing about Weezer’s Maladroit that most people don’t know?

Maladroit was recorded in just two weeks. Super fast for any band, and especially for one as meticulous as Rivers Cuomo and crew.

What does the “best 1,000 albums ever” mean and why are you doing this?

Yeah, I know it’s audacious, a little crazy (okay, maybe a lot cray cray), bordering on criminal nerdery.

But here’s what it’s NOT: a definitive list of the Greatest Albums of All-Time. This is 100% my own personal super biased, incredibly subjective review of what my top 1,000 albums are, ranked in painstaking order over the course of doing research for nearly a year, Rob from High Fidelity style. Find out more about why I embarked on a best 1,000 albums ever project.