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Album Review

Weezer, 'Raditude'

November 2, 2009

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Rock
Weezer Raditude
Geffen
ESSENTIAL “The Girl Got Hot’’
Weezer plays at the Agganis Arena on Dec. 7.

Weezer’s ferociously fractured fanbase will have plenty to squabble over on the group’s seventh album of candy-coated pop rock. Some will lament the - presumably temporary - departure of the roaring metal guitars. Others will gag on the glitter-rock grooves. Many will wonder if the dusting of Lil Wayne on “Can’t Stop Partying’’ is for real. Weezer meets Weezy? Seriously? Maybe not, as leader Rivers Cuomo’s take on hitting da club - blinged out and with a posse of video vixens - sounds more like a joke than a boast. But the goofy genius has been comically rolling with the homies since day one, so you never know. Instead of trying to divine the line between earnest and ironic, Weezer fans should just sit back and enjoy what works here. And like every Weezer record, plenty does. The bubbly electro-pop of “I’m Your Daddy’’ is a buzzy paean to the girl who stops you in your tracks. “The Girl Got Hot’’ is a chunky, glammy ode to the girl who grew up right. And for girls and boys, the summer-lovin’ nostalgia of “(If You’re Wondering if I Want You to) I Want You to,’’ is pitch-perfect in its conjuring of the excitement and fear that mingle with first kisses and more. (Out tomorrow) SARAH RODMAN