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
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
1. Tired of Sex
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
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.
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