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Album 1 of 500: Weezer- Pinkerton

February 18, 2010

BAND: WEEZER
ALBUM: PINKERTON
LABEL: DGC RECORDS
RELEASE DATE:  SEPTEMBER 24TH 1996

Weezer’s second full length album was puzzling. The Blue Album was a radio gem, giving us Weezer hits such as: “Undone the Sweater Song” and “Say It Ain’t So.”  Pinkerton was an album Rivers Cuomo wished he never recorded. Pinkerton is their best album, and each song cries of college life heartache, desperation, and confusion. Rivers Cuomo had attended Harvard at the time he wrote these songs.  Crushes on lesbians, creepy songs about fans and anthems for kids who have walls up to avoid heartbreak.  The last track, “Butterfly” is hauntingly confusing.  To this day, fans wonder what exactly Rivers is talking about with the lyrics, “I’m sorry for what I did/ I did what my body told me too/ I didn’t mean to do you harm.”   Some critics say this album started the emo movement, which is false, considering bands like Sunny Day Real Estate’s album, Diary was released in 1994.  Diary will be a 500 record, and even that is debatable for the so called emotional movement. Sadly, tracking Weezer’s career 13 years later, they have never came out with a powerful album since.  The one to follow Pinkerton was the Green Album, a cheap rendition of the Blue Album. Cuomo only goes down hill, and never shows emotion again, except in a few lyrics on the band’s 2002 album, Maladroit. Each record thereafter becomes the big box stores of music, cold and lyrically bland. For ten amazing little songs, Rivers Cuomo proves that he too has a little Holden Caulfield in him.

RM CRESSER © 2010 500 Rad Records

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