Pacific Daydream

Weezer - Pacific Daydream
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2017 Ratings: #859 / 887
User Score
Based on 468 ratings
2017 Ratings: #594
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October 27, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Crush, Atlantic / Label
Pop Rock / Genres / Website
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‘Pacific Daydream’ is all carefree, expertly crafted pop, free of irony and all the better for it.

Here, they’re not chasing perceived ‘relevance’ - simply put, Weezer are a band at play.


That's the pleasure of Pacific Daydream: beneath its glossy surface, there's not only plenty of melody, but a perverse sense of humor that keeps the record from sounding too smooth and settled.

Alternative Press

As a collective work, Pacific Daydream is ultimately a step below the resurgent greatness of the White Album, but it still soundly ranks in the upper tier of Weezer’s new-millennium output.


This isn't some return to pop: Weezer never left that particular ballpark, and probably never will. It's a return to simplicity, to the straightforwardness of Green.

Consequence of Sound

Pacific Daydream is the band at their most self-assured, and for it to come after two well-received records feels like the sunshine-hit-machine direction is a choice, not a test.

Slant Magazine
For all the ways in which the album's chill vibe reflects Cuomo's best qualities, it also highlights some of his shortcomings.
Rolling Stone

Butch Walker's post-postmodern production sometimes overwhelms the songs, but its best moments ... gamely make up for the places where Pacific Daydream sounds like Weezer by Numbers.

In reality, it offers more of the same: the usual soft rock.
Pretty Much Amazing
At the end of it, this record is a mixed bag. Fans of Weezer’s poppier side will find plenty to like. Whereas fans of Weezer’s more well regarded records will wish they chose another producer.
The Line of Best Fit

With last year’s Weezer (White Album), they found themselves on the right side of the critics and were initially supposed to follow it up with the aptly titled Black Album. Instead, they’ve reappeared with an album influenced by the idea of a “beach at the end of the world”. Pacific Daydream, feels just like that; a day dream that, for some reason, doesn’t quite sit right.

No Ripcord

Much of the album’s electro-lite flavoring does provide some hummable moments, but as the cringingly tricked out "Mexican Fender" and stomping chants of "La Mancha Screwjob" suggest, they’re most likely to suffer a slow and gradual death at your local Forever 21.


If you like hooky Weezer, about half of the albums should appeal to you, while the same applies if you’re partial to the more out-there Weezer. Pacific Daydream is the band’s first offering to fall far short for both camps—not because it’s one of the most extreme examples of Cuomo going for a radio-friendly sound (though it is that), but because he betrays the band’s mission in the process.

A.V. Club

While all of Pacific Daydream is typically well-crafted—with expert production, luxurious swaths of guitars and effects, and those still-tight harmonies—it highlights that, at this point in the band’s career, what Weezer could use most is some digression. Instead, what Pacific Daydream offers is little more than another reason to tour.

Drowned in Sound

With at least half of these songs, there is almost nothing to say, nothing to be baffled by, nothing to argue about, and for that sad, whimpering reason, Pacific Daydream can probably be called Weezer’s worst album.

The Needle Drop

Weezer indulge in millennial pop cliches on their most sugar-sweet album yet, Pacific Daydream.


Weezer have had their share of ups and downs over the years, but Pacific Daydream finds them at their most clunky yet.

God Is in the TV

I remain unconvinced that the majority of Pacific Daydream isn’t just Rivers doing it for a joke. It’s so generic and pitch-perfectly idiotic for it not to be.

You either die a hero, or you live long enough to make Pacific Daydream.
Sure, it's nothing too special. But I don't care what anybody says; some of these songs absolutely SLAP.
You went from White to this... It's not bad, but it's not good either. Super uninspired, but it doesn't want to make me pull out my hair. Most of this album is at least a little decent, but damn is it generic. This almost hits absolute indifference, but not quite.
WEEZER (11/14)

What a mockery of Weezer and a waste of time. This is their worst album with their worst writing and their worst most generic most bland production they’ve ever done. This is worse than Raditude and Make Believe. It’s so boring and uncreative, and what makes this worse is that it came out a year after The White Album, one of the band’s masterpieces. QB Blitz is alright and that’s kinda it. Nothing at all to return to and it was absolute torture getting ... read more
Eu não achei esse álbum tão ruim quanto dizem. Tem algumas musicas boas no álbum como “Mexican Fender” e a ótima “QB Blitz”. Porém o álbum continua sendo um disco bem medíocre, sua produção é péssima, o álbum é muito superproduzido, suas letras também são bem ruins.

De pontos positivos no disco posso citar os vocais que apesar de não estarem ... read more
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Added on: August 17, 2017