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Weezer Pinkerton European CD album

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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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Product Details

  • 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 (608 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,487 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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One thing about this CD that strikes me very odd is how much criticism Cuomo and Weezer received for this album. Opening with a ferocious track in "Tired of Sex," halfway through a monster love ballad in "Across the Sea," then ending the CD with a depressing, but very well written song in "Butterfly," overall I would absolutely make this your first Weezer CD, that is if you don't already some, but if you don't have this one. I would stake my life on it that you would like it.
1. Tired of Sex: 9/10
Opening this CD with its monster drum beat, and the screeching Rivers leave me in awe of this song it will immediately ring in your head for days to come. Awesome.
2. Getchoo: 8/10
"I never meant to do all that I've done to you please baby say its not too late." Another extremely catchy song, with a very strong chorus. GETCHOO!!!!
3. No Other One: 8/10
Where would we be without the classic Weezer high pitched squeal, masterfully played out in this one. Another strong chorus, but that's not a bad thing.
4. Why Bother?: 9/10
What did I say about those powerful drum beats. Even the musically challenged can pick up on it. This song keeps picking up until an extremely well played ending, multiple laired with backup vocal, power riffs, and a Weezer classic drum beat

5. Across the Sea: 10/10
Powerful beyond words..."I've got your letter, you've got my song." This song starts out slower with a distorted guitar on the right, and a quiet piano going on the left, keeps it slow until about 2:20 into it, the guitar solo, touching. Then after the slower portion, it builds up until an explosion of an ending. O.K. maybe it wasn't powerful beyond words.
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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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