Raditude is the seventh studio album by American alternative rock band
Weezer, released on November 3, 2009 and is their final album on DGC
Geffen Records and Interscope Records. The title of
the album was suggested to
Rivers Cuomo by actor Rainn
The album's first single, "(If You're Wondering If I Want You to) I
Want You to", was released in August 2009. The album debuted at number
seven on the Billboard 200.
The album's cover artwork is a photo of a dog named Sidney, originally
published in the August 2009 issue of National Geographic.
The album was initially released in Australia on October 30, 2009. It
was made available in the United Kingdom on November 2, 2009, and the
following day in the United States. It opened at number seven on the
Billboard 200, selling 66,000 copies in its first week of
availability. As of September 2010, it has sold 240,000 copies.
3 Critical reception
4 Track listing
8 External links
Knowledge of the record was first made public by Billboard.com, who
Weezer was to head into the studio in early November
2008 to record a seventh album. A
YouTube post titled "Let's Write A
Sawng: Step 16," uploaded on November 15, 2008, showed Cuomo in the
studio with producer
Jacknife Lee short-listing[when defined as?]
three songs from a list of 23, adding speculation to the recording of
a seventh album or new b-sides.
In May, the band's webmaster and archivist Karl Koch revealed that the
album had no set release date, and that the band would be recording
additional material. He revealed that Cuomo would be the sole lead
vocalist on this album unlike their previous album, 2008's Weezer. In
early summer of 2009, session drummer
Josh Freese joined
Weezer as the
percussionist, with Pat Wilson taking over guitar duties for Cuomo.
Freese performed with the band at the KROQ Weenie Roast. In an
interview for the event, the band revealed that the new album would be
released in summer 2009.
On July 24,
Weezer played three new songs in Korea at the Jisan Valley
Rock Festival: "Can't Stop Partying", "I'm Your Daddy", and "The Girl
Got Hot". "Can't Stop Partying" had previously been released in demo
form on Cuomo's
Alone II album in 2008. While performing "The Girl Got
Hot" on July 26, 2009 at the Fuji Rock Festival, Cuomo revealed that
Weezer's seventh studio album would be released in October 2009.
August 4, 2009, saw the final recording sessions for the album, with
mixing of the disc beginning two days later.
"Can't Stop Partying" was co-written with hip-hop producer Jermaine
Dupri, and features rapper Lil Wayne. "Put Me Back Together" was
The All-American Rejects
The All-American Rejects members
Tyson Ritter and Nick
Brian Bell has stated that he had reservations about the
inclusion of outside collaborators and the album's overall mainstream
pop aesthetic. In a 2010 interview, Bell revealed that he "[had] a
conversation with Rivers about [Raditude]. And he said, to put my mind
at ease, that this is just one album out of many more that we are
going to make in our career. When I heard that, I was like, okay,
cool, well that’s a great way to think of it. We’re just trying
something and this is just one record out of many more. When I heard
that, I was fine with it."
On August 14, 2009,
MTV confirmed that the first single, "(If You're
Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To", was to be released on
American rock radio on August 25. The track leaked less than a week
after the announcement, and the official release of the single to
radio was moved up to Tuesday, August 18. A music video for the
single was filmed with director
Marc Webb and co-starring Odette
Via updates on their official website, the band revealed in August
2009 that the album would be called
Raditude and released on October
27. This date was pushed back a week to November 3. On October 13, the
band announced "The
Raditude Club," which allowed customers to
Raditude and gain access to exclusive tracks each week
leading up to the album's release.
Weezer recorded a promotional performance for Sessions@AOL. Guests
included Kenny G,
Chamillionaire and Sara Bareilles. Kenny G's
contribution was a solo after the second chorus of "I'm Your Daddy".
Prior to the performance he said that he knew nothing of Weezer.
Although Cuomo and
Kenny G live near each other in Malibu they had
never met before the recording which was done in one take. Kenny G
commented in the green room on the lack of rehearsal, "...that's OK.
I'm a professional."
Raditude was sold in conjunction with a
Weezer version of the Snuggie,
a popular wearable blanket.
The album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200, selling 66,000
copies in its first week, only about half as many copies as the
band's previous album, Weezer, sold in its first week in 2008.
Weezer did not necessarily promote the album live, handfuls of
songs from this album were still performed throughout 2009 and some of
2010, and the lead single has become one of their more frequently
played live songs in recent years.
The album has received mixed reviews from critics, with some giving
the album an enthusiastic response, and others having a very negative
view of the album. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating
out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received
an average score of 57 ("mixed or average reviews"), based on 22
A positive review came from Matt Collar of Allmusic, who gave the
album a rating of three and a half out of five stars. He wrote that
Raditude really sounds like vintage Weezer, but never in a
pandering, played-out way." and praised "I'm Your Daddy" and "The Girl
Got Hot" for being "as sparkling with creative enthusiasm as anything
the band has done since "Buddy Holly." A 4/5 rating came from
Kerrang. "Songs about going to meet your girlfriend's parents or how
the ugly duckling in junior high school suddenly turned into a
double-take ice queen, are an odd thing for men pushing 40 to sing
about. But perhaps because
Weezer are as sexually threatening as
melted Solero, such an approach sounds uniquely stylized rather than
criminally creepy," reviewer Ian Winwood remarked.
Rob Sheffield of
Rolling Stone was also positive in his review, giving
the album three and a half out of five stars. He noted the backlash
that it had received and said "when it comes to taunting and baiting
the crowd, [frontman Rivers] Cuomo makes every other rock star out
there look like a dilettante." He said that the album itself is "full
of gloriously cheesy
Weezer tunes", describing "Can't Stop Partying"
as "hilarious" and also highlighted the dance-pop sensibility of "I'm
Scott Heisel of Alternative Press gave the album a mixed review,
rating it three out of five stars and calling it "the antithesis of
everything you loved about the first two albums." He said that the
album "takes a severe and almost irreversible nosedive" following the
third track "The Girl Got Hot". Rob Mitchum of Pitchfork Media
also gave a mixed review, rating the album four and a half out of ten
stars. In regards to the album's lyrical content, he criticised Cuomo
for seemingly being "stuck in an eternal puberty, forever 13--
confused, horny, hyperbolic, obsessed with brand names." and concludes
that "the record's teen-boy empowerment message doesn't have much to
offer anyone over 13 years old". Spencer Kornhader at Spin also
had a mixed reaction towards the album, give it a six out of ten. He
observed it "...might be enjoyed for what it is -- extremely catchy,
fist-pumping pop -- and for what it represents: escapism" and pointed
out flaw such as "the second half sags, the ballads bore, and weirdly,
it's too short". He went on to conclude that it won't appeal to
An overwhelmingly negative review came from Huw Jones of Slant
Magazine, who rated the album half a star out of five. He described
the album as "a thematically vacant and sonically uninspired
collection of ditties tailor-made for mainstream radio" that contains
"an abhorrent cocktail of deluded lyricism and indolent
musicianship." Evan Sawdey of PopMatters was equally negative in
his review, giving
Raditude one star out of ten. He commented that the
album should be judged for being "a collection of straight-faced,
irony-free pop songs written by a guy who knows his way around a hook"
but that "rarely has pop music ever been so painfully generic", making
it "downright forgettable". He concluded by saying that "
product. Coldly calculated, joyless product that is designed to be
sold, not to be enjoyed. As a
Weezer album, it is nothing short of a
profound disappointment. By any other standard, it’s just the worst
album of the year."
"(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To"
Cuomo, Butch Walker
"I'm Your Daddy"
Cuomo, Lukasz Gottwald
"The Girl Got Hot"
"Can't Stop Partying" (featuring Lil Wayne)
Cuomo, Dwayne Carter, Jermaine Dupri
"Put Me Back Together"
Cuomo, Tyson Ritter, Nick Wheeler
"Trippin' Down the Freeway"
"Love is the Answer"
Cuomo, Jacknife Lee
"Let It All Hang Out"
Cuomo, Dupri, Lee
"In the Mall"
"I Don't Want to Let You Go"
Deluxe Edition Bonus Disc
"Get Me Some"
"Run Over by a Truck"
"The Prettiest Girl in the Whole Wide World"
Cuomo, Kazuhiro Hara
Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version Bonus Tracks
"Turn Me Round" (Recorded in 2003) - 3:10
International Bonus Tracks
"I Woke Up In Love This Morning" (Japan only) (Recorded in 2003,
Rivers Cuomo and Sloan) - 3:04
"Turn Me Round" (Recorded in 2003) (UK, Russia & Australia only) -
iTunes Bonus Tracks
"The Story of My Life" (Recorded in 2003) - 3:15 
"Kids/Poker Face" - 4:58
iTunes Pass: The
Raditude Club Tracks (exclusive to the iTunes
"Should I Stay or Should I Go" (Live At Virgin Mobile FreeFest '09 -
Cover of The Clash) - 3:07
"I Hear Bells" (Recorded in 2000) - 2:44
"Put Me Back Together" (
Rich Costey Mix) - 3:15
"Cold Dark World" (Rivers Lead Vocal) (Originally featured on the Red
Scott Shriner on vocals) - 3:52
"Across the Sea" (Live Song from the Japan 2005 Tour) - 4:32
Tour Video Introductions from the US 2009 Tour - 4:46
"The Good Life" (Live) (video) - 4:38
"(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" (Steve Aoki
Remix) - 6:36
"The Prettiest Girl In The Whole Wide World" (Karlophone Remix) - 4:21
"I'm Your Daddy" (Pat Wilson Remix) - 3:08
"(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" Music Video -
"Can't Stop Partying" (Coconut Teaser Mix) - 3:32
"Love Is The Answer" (Laid Back Mix) - 3:01
Live Video from Rehearsals - 5:29
Raditude (video) - 12:18
"I’m Your Daddy" (Serban Ghenea Mix) - 3:08
"Can't Stop Partying", "I Don't Want to Let You Go", and "The
Prettiest Girl in the Whole Wide World" were previously released in
demo form on Rivers Cuomo's solo album
Alone II: The Home Recordings
of Rivers Cuomo.
Sugar Ray previously recorded the track "Love Is the
Answer" on their 2009 album
Music for Cougars
Music for Cougars with a guest appearance
by Cuomo. Cuomo also said that "Can't Stop Partying" is most likely
going to be a single off the album.
Rivers Cuomo - lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards, synthesizer
Brian Bell - rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards,
Scott Shriner - bass guitar, backing vocals, keyboards, synthesizer
Patrick Wilson - drums, percussion, rhythm guitar, keyboards,
Lil Wayne - vocals ("Can't Stop Partying")
Josh Freese - drums ("I'm Your Daddy," "The Girl Got Hot" and "Let It
All Hang Out")
Jacknife Lee - keyboards, backing vocals, guitar, percussion,
programming ("Love is the Answer," "In the Mall," "I Don't Want to Let
You Go," "Get Me Some," "Run Over By A Truck," "The Prettiest Girl In
The Whole Wide World" and "The Underdogs")
Amrita Sen - vocals ("Love is the Answer")
Nishat Khan - additional vocals, sitar ("Love is the Answer")
Aaron Suplizio - additional bass ("Love is the Answer")
Sim Grewall - additional percussion ("Love is the Answer")
Andy Mueller - art direction and design
Johannes Gamble - art direction and design
Morning Breath Inc. - cover co-design
Jason Neely - dog photography
Sean Murphy - band photography
Karl Koch - additional photography
Daniel Field - additional photography
Butch Walker - producer ("(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I
Want You To," "The Girl Got Hot," "Put Me Back Together," and "Let It
All Hang Out")
Jacknife Lee - producer ("Trippin' Down The Freeway," "Love is the
Answer," "In the Mall," "I Don't Want to Let You Go," "Get Me Some,"
"Run Over By A Truck," "The Prettiest Girl In The Whole Wide World"
and "The Underdogs")
Dr. Luke - producer ("I'm Your Daddy")
Polow da Don - producer ("Can't Stop Partying")
Ananda Sen - producer ("Love is the Answer")
Shawn Everett - producer ("Love is the Answer")
Tom McFall - recording (
Jacknife Lee sessions)
Sam Bell - additional engineering and editing (
Jacknife Lee sessions)
Shawn Everett - drum & guitar recording ("Trippin' Down the
Freeway," "Love is the Answer" and "In the Mall")
Jake Sinclair - recording (
Butch Walker sessions)
Joe Zook - recording (
Butch Walker sessions)
Doug McKean - recording ("I'm Your Daddy")
Rich Costey - mixing
Charlie Stavish - mixing assistant
Serban Ghenea - mixing ("Put Me Back Together")
John Hanes - mixing engineer ("Put Me Back Together")
Tim Roberts - mixing assistant ("Put Me Back Together")
Joshua Minyard - mixing assistant
George Gumbs - mixing assistant
Douglas Forsdick - studio tech
Henry Trejo - guitar tech
Mike Fasano - drum tech
Dave Collins - mastering
Australian Albums Chart
Canadian Albums Chart
French Albums Chart
German Albums Chart
Norwegian Albums Chart
US Billboard 200
US Billboard Alternative Albums
US Billboard Rock Albums
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