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A hit single can be a bit of a mixed blessing for new bands, especially if said song gets you firmly lumped into the "novelty band" category. Such was the case with Weezer, whose runaway hit "Buddy Holly" touched a global nerve upon its release, then got on everyone's nerves after months of radio saturation. However, it did ensure that they sold millions of copies of their self-titled debut. Which is why it's so strange that their second album, Pinkerton, was ignored. Perhaps the cold shoulder was due to the willfully noncommercial first single, "El Scorcho," which crashed and burned. Whatever the reason, Pinkerton soon disappeared, which is a shame because it's a great album. Whereas Weezer reveled in the band's geek-rock image, Pinkerton saw Rivers Cuomo maturing as a lyricist. From the opening, "Tired of Sex," which rants about the frustrating easiness of groupies, to the new wave pop of "Getchoo" to the epic genius of "The Good Life," there's much more diversity here than the Pixies-influenced bouncy grunge of their debut. With the closing solo, the acoustic lament "Butterfly," Cuomo demonstrates a pop mastery that promises great things from this reformed geek. --Robert Burrow
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  • Audio CD (September 24, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000000OVP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (594 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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167 of 175 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
here it is - this is the album that drove Rivers into seclusion for several years, writing songs for himself in his room and throwing them away.
this is the album where he felt liberated, where he would be creating this new sound for everyone. the emotional nakedness he hinted at in Weezer (funky blue cover) became fully realized here. not only his voice showed his emotions, you can hear it in every note of his fractured guitar - the soaring, pins and needles feeling it elects out of you with every solo, every vibrato. the music drove you because he sang about a pain not only secular to him, it's an album he made for YOU just as much as him. you almost wanted to grab cuomo and tell him everything will be alright by the end of Butterfly, crying and muttering to yourself how your girlfriend/boyfriend is an idiot.
a funny thing happened. about the time this album came out, power-pop/punk was going on it's way out. this cd was left on the side, pushed away in favor of nameless bands long forgotten. only making gold (as opposed to the 4 million weezer sold), cuomo freaked and closed the door on his musical career for awhile to sort through it all.
earlier this year, cuomo and company came out just enough to hammer enough songs to make a new album, one just released earlier this month. Weezer (funky green cover) seems to be poised as a new beginning for this band. the switch from blue to green, the retro-funky clothes - you can tell from the beginning that this is the same weezer you loved...but...somethings...just...different. something doesn't add up, that's only confirmed when you come back and listen to Pinkerton right after dispensing Weezer (green) out of your cd player.
Pinkerton's emotional beauty, the harsh nakedness and razorblade rhythm cuts deep.
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125 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L. Tao on October 18, 2001
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Pinkerton... where to begin? Most Weezer fans favor either this album or the Blue Album as Weezer's best (the Green Album is generally accepted as inferior to these two). The majority of them favor Pinkerton. But why? Pinkerton was a commercial failure, at least compared to the Blue Album. When it was first released, no one liked it. Not even me.
But time changes everything. When I first heard Pinkerton, I thought, "Whoa, Rivers, what do you think you're doing?" (Rivers Cuomo is the band's frontman.) On the surface, Pinkerton sounds like a desperate, overly emotional and possibly even annoying this-is-my-life-story kind of album. With time, it evolves into one of the most mind-blowingly awesome rock albums of the nineties.
To what do we owe this bizarre transition? All that I can figure is that people tend to hear without listening. When they first hear Pinkerton, they think, "Man, this doesn't sound cool." They don't really pay attention to what they're hearing.
After a while, they begin to pay attention to the words, the rhythms, the infectious melodies, and then they're hooked. To everyone's surprise, the music all of a sudden sounds really, really good. I'm talking good enough to bring about vicarious happiness, anger, longing and sadness - maybe even enlightenment. Trust me, it's happened with a lot of people.
Join the club. Buy this album.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on May 28, 2002
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Creepy, dark, disturbed . . . and totally awesome. THE MOST underrated album of all time. Waiting two years after releasing the Blue Album was a gamble. Bands and record labels know they have to strike while the iron's hot. But releasing the dark, moody Pinkerton after the more pop-oriented and melodic Blue Album was career suicide (until their comeback with the Green Album). America wasn't ready for a dark Weezer; they wanted more "Buddy Holly". Which is really too bad. The lyrics on this album are amazing; real and totally emotional. When I listen to this CD, I can't just listen to one or two songs, instead I usually listen to the whole album. This CD does take repeated listenings to really appreciate, however. But even now, I find something on the album I love that I didn't notice before.
The jerky guitar at the beginning verse of "The Good Life" followed by the catchy chorus is probably the most listener-friendly song on the album. It's tied with "El Scorcho" for my favorite. The sad but funny lyrics of "Pink Triangle" and the confession-like "Tired of Sex" are also standouts, along with the quietly beautiful "Butterfly". Even the weakest track, "Across the Sea" is fantastic, with a gorgeous (if too short) piano intro.
Unfortunately, I don't think Weezer will ever release another CD like Pinkerton. However, I'll always cherish this album.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Panos on December 5, 2001
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Weezer released The Blue Album in 1994. It had three top 10 modern rock hits with Undone-The Sweater Song, Buddy Holly, and Say It Ain't So. Needless to say a lot was riding on them to release the same quirky pop album that got them where they were. 1996's Pinkerton was a commercial failure. An embarrassment to the man they call Cuomo. Although it failed miserably, I consider it to be one hell of a growth spurt for four geeky guys who started a band on Valentine's Day of 1992.
Pinkerton proved that two years can make a band more mature and be able to freelance a little bit. But the record pretty much fell on deaf ears. And that is a shame. Although it shares no resemblance to its predecessor, Pinkerton was the best post grunge-grunge record ever. It was angry and mean but it was also sincere. Yeah it may not have been poppy or what not, but as a musician you don't want to get stuck in a formula. That's why it's sort of a depressing thing that it didn't do as well. It's now found its way into the hands of geeky emo kids everywhere and has been pretty much the influence of emo rockers like The Get Up Kids and Saves The Day. Not bad for an album that went gold in the year 2000, four years after it was released.
I honestly will say that Pinkerton is the best weezer album ever and it's a damn shame that Mr. Cuomo refuses to play only one Pinkerton track on tour. So as a homage to my favorite band I must praise them for taking a ballsy approach on such a great record and I am glad to give it 5 out of 5 stars. I mean it deserves that much. I'm not the only music critic that would call this album a masterpiece. So the cheese doesn't stand alone. Rock on!
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this is just a band for nerds and newage hippies why is this crap listed...
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Jun 18, 2008 by 40460 |  See all 17 posts
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Somehow I doubt that that is what's going to happen. I think by this time the members of Weezer know it's their most adored album among their fans. Sales won't make them make another Pinkerton. Maybe they don't want to.
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They look pretty real to me. I have an autographed original Pinkerton and the samples are similar enough - though my CD only has Pat, Rivers, and Matt's signatures.
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No clue... but, I'm glad to see someone sharing the love for Pink Triangle. Weezer's best, in my opinion.
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