Pacific Daydream

Weezer - Pacific Daydream
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2017 Ratings: #854 / 880
User Score
Based on 402 ratings
2017 Ratings: #574
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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.
"This might signal a true comeback for the band!" ...or not.

Pacific Daydream isn't as absurdly awful as Raditude and it isn't as awfully dated as Make Believe, but it is yet again Weezer having another attempt at following the current mainstream millennial pop trends. ...By that I mean embracing the most commonly overused pop cliches and making the summer themed sound of the White Album sound obnoxious and overproduced. I feel like in many of the tracks here there's just way too ... read more
Shit, I accidentally deleted my review of this. It was something about how this was even worse than Raditude (which apparently is now wrong according to my opinions) and it was originally a 40.

Yes, it's Pacific Daydream. It's shit, I know. But, the songs are way too infectious for me and immediately grew on me. I like to think that this is Weezer's best WHEN it comes to mainstream summer radio-hits since the Green Album as it adapts to the modern sounds well, quite the best for a pop-rock ... read more
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Track List

  1. Mexican Fender
  2. Beach Boys
  3. Feels Like Summer
  4. Happy Hour
  5. Weekend Woman
  6. QB Blitz
  7. Sweet Mary
  8. Get Right
  9. La Mancha Screwjob
  10. Any Friend of Diane’s
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Added on: August 17, 2017