Last time, Weezer had their most successful album since 1994 in the shape of Make Believe – but it was an album that split the existing fandom, and seemed to point towards a more mainstream pop-rock direction for the band. Read on to find out where they went next…

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When we last left our run through Weezer’s song history, the 2002 album Maladroit – essentially a “best of” collection of the previous year’s worth of recording and releasing new songs online – had failed to set the world on fire, despite a Muppets-themed video for one of its singles. Now read on to find out what happened over the next three years…

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Well, that new Weezer album turned out to be rather good, didn’t it? So much so that I’m really looking forward to discussing it in detail, particularly in the context of everything that preceded it. So with that in mind, I’d really better get around to finishing off said context. Here, then, is the latest part of my era-by-era trek through the band’s songwriting history. If this is the first time you’ve landed on one of these posts, you might want to head back to the start and go from there. But if you’re up to date, if you’ll recall that last time around we left things at the end of The Green Album‘s release period – so let’s crack on with the hectic remainder of 2001…

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Weezerology

Well, it’s been a while. But – inspired in part by the fact that the band have a new album due out imminently – I’m finally getting going with this again. So if it’s new to you (and it has been over a year since the last part), this is a project to go through Weezer’s songs, from 1992 to the present, divided by era. I look at each block of songs as a whole rather than picking through every track individually, but it is an attempt to cover basically everything they’ve recorded that’s available to hear, and chart the development of their songwriting as it goes. Click here to refamiliarise yourself with the introduction/rules, here for part one, and here for part two. But we pick up the story in 1998, as the band slowly start to re-form following the failure of 1996’s Pinkerton

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Continuing my intermittent series of articles revisiting every one of Weezer’s songs throughout their career from 1992 to the present. Each album – or set of tracks – listened to and written about in order, no song covered more than once (in most cases), full-band releases or demos only (in most cases). Introduction and more info here, and part one – covering the years 1992-1995 – here.

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