Weezer - Pinkerton
 

Okay, finally, my second review. Another Weezer album (since my first was linked :P)This is the second Weezer album, and my personal favorite. Close second with the Blue album, though.

Pinkerton is Weezer's maturing album. It's the effect of 2 years of almost constant touring after the release of the Blue album, and the meteoric success of the album's two singles, Buddy Holly and Undone (the sweater song). Pinkerton exemplifies the work of an attuned live band, and is built around an interesting topic. The theme of the album is Madame Butterfly, a play which just happens to be online here. If you've never given it a read or seen the play (as chances are good that you haven't), check it out. You'll gain an understanding of exactly where Rivers came from with this one.

Now, my own opinion about this album is that it couldn't possibly be JUST drawn from the play, it's too emotionally involved. Touring and the stress of sudden stardom took an effect on the band, especially Rivers. After Pinkerton was released in '96, the reception was fairly luke-warm. People didn't want to hear it, not after the whole grunge thing had just ended, they wanted something to forget the early 90's. Pinkerton just wasn't it.

On the subject of the album, it's... it's incredable. It's a once-in-a-lifetime sort of thing. If they could pump out stuff like this regularly, the quality would be diminished. Pinkerton is probly the most raw expression of REAL, literate emotion to come out of the 90's. I don't personally believe that Nirvana or any of the other grunge/"alternative" bands deserve any credit for being emotional because there are more emotions than pure depression. Anyhow, the song list includes the following:

1. Tired of Sex
2. Getchoo
3. No Other One
4. Why Bother
5. Across the Sea
6. The Good Life
7. El Scorcho
8. Pink Triangle
9. Falling for you
10. Butterfly

Each song is incredable. Tosh first heard the CD when he burned my own (i think he's since bought it, if he hasn't i'll make him) and kept listening to Tired of Sex over and over. I'd have to say, my favorite song on the album is Across the Sea, and my least favorite is Getchoo. I don't think i'll do a song-by-song analysis, but I'll go through them.

From the feelings of futility in Why Bother, to the regret and sadness of Butterfly; the longing of Across the Sea, and the introversion and shyness of El Scorcho; Pinkerton is an emotional ride to say the least. It's a document of how an emotional guy thinks about relationships in this day and age. It's brutally honest and obviously heartfelt lyrics are supplimented by it's punk/indie-inspired guitar work. I can sing it's praises untill i pass out, but you won't understand until you go out and buy it.

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Sidenote: Yes, i think you should buy it. I don't believe in burning CDs to give out when the CD is this good. I'm not going to get on my soap box, but i am going to say that I have and will continue to buy CDs. The Artist deserves my money. I do, however, hate the RIAA because they're greedy fuckers who have no right to stop progress. Fuck the RIAA.

   
 
 
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Tracks:
1. Tired of Sex
2. Getchoo
3. No Other One
4. Why Bother
5. Across the Sea
6. The Good Life
7. El Scorcho
8. Pink Triangle
9. Falling for you
10. Butterfly

Written by: Jack

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