March 23, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST
We gave it a B+

On Satellite Rides, the Weezer of the alt-country set — all nervous energy and brio — take another affable stab at pop stardom. Singer Rhett Miller is always good for a quiver of clever couplets: ”Do you want to meet up at the Pickwood Bowl/We could knock nine down and leave one in the hole,” he wails on ”Rollerskate Skinny,” one of an endless supply of girl-crazy rave-ups. With the help of producer Wally Gagel, the band’s guitars and voices sound as confident as Miller’s come-ons are anxious.

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