Is Weezer back? Well, Weezer never actually left, but aside from that halfway-to-annoying song about Beverly Hills, they haven’t been doing much to turn my head. On Hurley—a nod to the character on ABC’s “Lost”—some of the old magic is back, but I’m not certain it’s enough to break my Pinkerton addiction.
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Shiny clean, no scuff-marks production has contributed to the yawn-factor of just about every album since that blue one, but the slick packaging works well here on songs like “Run Away,” which opens faux lo-fi but shifts immediately into full-on Weezerhood.

Other tracks are not nearly so hot. On “Memories,” Rivers Cuomo waxes nostalgic. I could do without it. “Where’s My Sex” is just not really a song in my opinion. Still, a good half of the album rocks my world in the old way Journey does and in a new, slightly more sincere way. The best are songs I can belt out while washing the dishes, and that’s a good thing, because my neighbors are getting tired of my take on “Pink Triangle.”

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