By Chuck Arnold Tiffany McGee
June 23, 2008 12:00 PM

Weezer |

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“Everyone likes to dance to a happy song/With a catchy chorus and beat so they can sing along.” So sings Rivers Cuomo on “Pork and Beans,” the hook-filled highlight of Weezer’s third self-titled album. And he should know: His band has made a career out of infectious, upbeat tunes like “Buddy Holly” and “Beverly Hills.” But here they also add elements of rock opera—shades of Green Day’s American Idiot—most notably on “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn).” It falls short of greatness, but it’s still good stuff.

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