...but I can't help but feel there's quite a bit missing here. The Blue Album came out when I was in middle school, and I got drawn to it for the catchy-as-hell melodies and the generally uplifting feel of songs like "The Sweater Song" and "In The Garage" - I ended up loving the album because there was more to it than just the pop. Pinkerton, on the other hand, drew me further in with a combination of the same great sense of melody and harmony and the more intense, emotionally stirring lyrics. This album, on the other hand, seems lacking in both departments. The riffs aren't really catchy - the only songs that stick with me much at all are "Don't Let Go" and "Crab" - and the lyrics don't have nearly the impact because, apparently, Cuomo was wounded by the indifferent-to-cruel reception that Pinkerton got. Seems a little cowardly, then, to backtrack into the relatively pointless subject material found here. All I'm really left with is a dissatisfied and disappointed feeling, and I hardly even want to go back to the older stuff because I can't help but be reminded, listening to the brutal honesty of Pinkerton, that Cuomo couldn't handle it, and ultimately kinda gave up: the honesty and raw openness I valued so much in Pinkerton, it seems, is regarded by its author as a mistake. I can't respect that. And, honestly, "Hash Pipe"? Give me a break. But I *do* like the song "Don't Let Go" quite a bit, if only 'cause of the catchy chorus, hence the second star.
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