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After straying into angular rock and tell-all misanthropy on 1996’s Pinkerton, the nerd collective wisely rehired ex-Cars frontman Ric Ocasek (who produced their irresistible 1994 debut) for a return to their winning formula of sugary power pop and smart-assed rants. Weezer fiends weaned on classics like ”Buddy Holly” and ”Undone — the Sweater Song” can breathe easy now that the band have coughed up some more sardonic sweets. B+

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