Weezer Make Believe (Geffen) Of the wave of alt-rock bands that emerged in the post-Nirvana 1990s, Weezer were one of the most consistently inventive and playful. While many other acts were busy being gloomy, Weezer rejoiced in their geekiness, marrying it to catchy guitar hooks and clever lyrics. Their last album, however, 2002's Maladroit, hinted that lead singer and creative driving force, Rivers Cuomo, was running low on ideas, making Make Believe something of a make-or-break album in terms of whether or not the band could still cut it. And with opening track and first single, Beverley Hills, it seems as if they've nailed it. With its teen loser lyrics and tongue-in-cheek guitar solos, it feels like it's 1994 again and you can't help but root for the punk-pop underdogs. Perfect Situation keeps the comeback alive until the aptly named This is Such a Pity, with its feeble lyrics and 80s revival bandwagon-jumping, does its best to obliterate what goodwill has been built up in the opening couplet. The rest of the album continues in much the same fashion, with each promising track generally followed by one so frustrating and irritating that it destroys any hope of continuous enjoyment. Hold Me, with its soaring guitars, the new wavey The Other Way and the sunny pop of My Best Friend are the remaining highlights, yet are almost cruel reminders of just what Weezer are capable of. The awful We Are All on Drugs, on the other hand, sounds like something The Offspring might have knocked out in their pre-pubescent talent show days, while mournful closer Haunt You Every Day, like much of what lets the album down, is indistinguishable from the gloomy dirge-rock from which the band once set themselves apart.