Hogan was wrong about All-American Rejects


I read the review of The All-American Rejects by Marshal Hogan (“All-American refuse belongs in landfill” Jan. 18), and was thoroughly appalled at how far off in right field his review was.

I don’t know Hogan well enough to know if he actually listens to the music or just hits the scan button on his CD player. If he had taken the time to listen to the album, he would have found that the first 10 seconds of the album have a catchy guitar riff that ensnares the listener to keep listening.

I consider myself to be an avid music lover who knows music like the back of my hand. I don’t know if you, Hogan, have ever heard of a little band called Weezer.

Weezer uses a “recipe” when it creates its songs, and they turn out to be fantastic. A vast majority of Weezer’s songs deal with love, being in love, women, girls-just as Hogan states about AAR, “The album is full of formulaic predictability-dual vocal choruses about breakups, makeups or just plain being in love.”?

Just about any Weezer song fits his criteria for what he calls a “pile of wreckage.”

Here is a tip for Hogan: sit in your car, turn on the title track, “Move Along,” (that is track No. 3, if you actually bothered to look at the album cover) and turn it up as loud as your deaf ears can stand, and play it over and over till you can hear just how good the drums and bass are.

How popular was Weezer’s second album Pinkerton when it first came out? Not very. But every Weezer fan I know thinks that Pinkerton is its best album. It is also their second album, just like Move?Along is AAR’s second album-so pull your head out of your butt so you can hear just how good of an album it is.

Drew WilliamsenSenior, Mass Communication