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Weezer are known for geek Pop/Rock and most people will never have heard this album, however its utterly Brilliant.
This album was a huge failure at the time, critics and fans wanted another Blue Album. Blue Album 2 this is not. It is a huge departure straight from the album cover and the first track - Tired of Sex, its obvious front man Rivers Cuomo is in a different place to where he was when he wrote the Blue Album. He had been in hospital and on painkillers while much of the album was written. The Album is loosely based on the Madam Butterfly opera!
The album has now become a cult classic, with songs about Lesbians (Pink Triangle), Japanese fans (across the sea) amongst others. At only 34 minutes its not a long album. 10 brilliant songs which work well as one complete work and maybe not quite so well on their own, which could explain the albums failure at the time.
Track by track
1. Tired of sex - Full on rock track about Rivers' frustration at groupies
2. Getchoo - Another rocking track with Rivers' on the offensive this time
3. No Other One - A slightly weaker less rocky track showing Rivers tender side
4. Why Bother - Brilliant track with sing-a-long chorus about the pointlessness of relationships
5. Across the Sea - Starts slow but builds to a crescendo. About a Japanese fan who's mail touched Rivers
6. The Good Life - Extremely catchy chorus about when Rivers had a metal rod in his leg
7. El scorchio - Most well known song on the album. Again great sing along chorus
8. Pink Triangle - Song about Rivers falling in love with a lesbian. Good Rock track
9. Falling for You - Probably weakest song on the album about Rivers being in a frowned upon relationship
10. Butterfly - Touching, beautiful tender song. About a caught butterfly that dies. The story goes that Rivers was planning to retire after this album hence the closing words on the album being 'I'm so sorry'
Good life is probably the stand out track and Butterfly the only slow song on to close the album is also genius. However there isn't a bad track on it and I could (and have) listened to the album over and over and over.
Although not nearly as commercially successful as its predecessor, The Blue Album, Pinkerton (in my eye) remains the best of Weezer's oveure. This was also the last album made by the original foursome with bassist Matt Sharp leaving before The Green Album.
Every song on here showcases Weezer at the top of their game. From the defeatest attitude screaming about relationships that always fail on Why Bother? to the brilliantly funny Pink Triangle (about falling in love with a lesbian) - each song has something different to offer. The reason, however, that they are so eternal is that each one has something very human to it. The girl who was much cooler than you, but somehow you went out for about a month is brutally explored in El Scorcho, and the tenderness of the band is shown in epic form by Across the Sea - an ode to a Japanese fan who writes often to Weezer. How can one create something so beautiful and write so lovingly about a girl they have never even met?
Oh, to list every track. To see Butterfly performed live again. This is my favourite album of all time.
It is hard to sum up in words how much this album means to me. Discovering it accidentally cheap at a car boot sale (good source of obscure CDs) I thought, "Oh... Weezer, they have some decent songs" (recalling "Hash Pipe" and "Island In The Sun" from the post-pinkerton Weezer and "Buddy Holly" and "Undone" from beforehand, and so I picked up the album on the cheap, expecting a good listen or two.
I was absolutely blown away.
As cliched as the above statement sounds, it is true. It is almost embarrassing how many plays this album has clocked up on my itunes. But it is surely a testament to one of rock musics hidden gems, but boy does this gem shine once you discover it.
I have noticed with a lot of music, that what makes me look fondly upon songs is sometimes not overall start to finish chord progressions and words, but moments. This album is packed full of those moments that you will remember forever after listening. The way that opener "Tired of Sex" twangs back into action after a false ending hits you like a water balloon to the face, with a glorious splash of energy and angst. The drum fills in practically all of the frankly sparse 10 songs are golden. The huge drum sound, clunky and distorted, is best emphasized with Pat Sharp's ingenious, unique and refreshingly original drum parts. "The Good Life"s drum breaks being the best example of this. Furthermore, whoever decided, whilst playing around in the studio to gargle and shout "El Scorcho!" in a cartoony falsetto voice to kick off the undeniably funky (and aptly titled) "El Scorcho" (one of Pinkerton's catchier numbers) is a genius.
Another thing I love about this album is that it is deliberately rough around the edges. With the band choosing to produce the album themselves, the sound is much rawer, with distortion feedback crackling in the intro to almost every song on this album, all vocals and backing vocals recorded simultaneously allowing spontaneous and sometimes silly falsetto flourishes from then-bassist Matt Sharp. This wouldn't be stood for in the over produced candyland of pretty pop songs that Cuomo and gang are dancing around in at the moment, but the little inconsistencies and "mistakes" that are peppered lightly throughout this album are what makes it so endearing. The raw and unkempt sonic quality matches perfectly with the open and honest ideas that Cuomo deals with lyrically on this record.
It is a tragedy to me that after the commercial failure of this album, Rivers took this as a sign and focused on developing formulaic perfect pop rock 3 minute chunklets, they shift albums, but they don't achieve the respect and admiration that I and many other fans give to Pinkerton.
Part of this is due to lyrical content, this whole album is an honest (sometimes uncomfortably so) portrayal of Cuomo, and to be honest he doesn't paint himself in a particularly good light. But, he can illicit sympathy and empathy and although some songs are quite specific they seem quite universally identifiable particularly for teenagers. It has been said that this album went some way to pioneering the emo movement, and although "emo" could be considered an insult nowadays, you can see what they mean.
I can understand how this album might not get the best reception on initial listens. Being the least commercially successful album, and the one with the least heavily played singles, it sounds distinctly different from the Weezer some casual buyers may be familiar with. But, if you give this album the time it deserves I'm sure you will see it as a masterpiece.
In the summer of '96 whilst the entire country was stupefied by some bloody football tournament, Weezer released Pinkerton, their second album which was ignored and disappeared quietly. This is one of music's biggest travesties; allowing this masterpiece to be lost.
What would I do without Weezer? They are essential to my music collection. Especially this their 1996 album, that many people don't know exists. I haven't owned this album for very long, but I've known the songs on it for quite awhile.
Pinkerton is my favorite album by these guys so far, but it might not be liked too well by some people who were very fond of the first album as it represents a big departure from their early nerd-rock style. The style is a little different, though it's definitely Weezer.
Rivers Cuomo's (the lead vocalist) lyric's are a bit more personal than before. Unfortunately, the lyrics are not included with the album which is a shame. However, their trademark falsetto voices are very present, and that pleases me.
I have a hard time describing what each track sounds like. There's a lot of guitar, but not in the overwhelming-can't-hear-any-of-the-lyrics kind of way. You'll hear back up falsetto voices, and vocals that might not sound exactly perfect or in tune, but it works. And it works well.
The career of Weezer began back in 1992 in Los Angeles, California. Their first album was released in 1994 and is the self-titled 'Weezer' which is more commonly called 'The Blue Album' due to its blue cover. 'Pinkerton' was the difficult second album, a far darker album than their first and one which I consider to be their best. The bands front man Rivers Cuomo is seen by some as somewhat of an artistic genius, I however just perceive him to be a socially awkward outcast of a man that happens to write exceptionally good music.
There is something greatly engaging about the music of Weezer, they are not the most exciting band in the world and nor are they the most talented; but something just seems to click into place with their music making it sound excellent and always enjoyable to listen to. The album consists of ten tracks and not a single one of these disappoints. Each of them have their own individual merit and all are worthy of their places here. 'El Scorcho' is probably my favourite from the album, a track which has me singing along every time and wondering how the band managed to make it so additively appealing given the simplicity of it all. Perhaps it is this simplicity that makes it so good, it works because of its minimalistic approach and lack of clutter. Whatever it is that makes this track so good I can't quite put my finger on, but I'd definitely recommend listening to it that's for sure.
Although I've highlighted 'El Scorcho' as a favourite from this album, don't write off the rest of the release. All the tracks on this album are impressive and each is edgy and individual enough to hold your full undivided attention for its entirety. Right from the opening the album impresses as the drum beat to 'Tired Of Sex' comes pounding, and never do the band allow the quality to drop at any stage in the album. Tracks such as 'Getchoo' and 'Falling For You' are simply brilliant, essential listening that anyone who does not hear them is sorely missing out upon.
When 'Pinkerton' was released it was quite underrated and went down as a 'cult' album, a slow burner that eventually enthused masses. These days the album is actually probably overrated as many speak too highly of the album and hold it in such high regard that it is just untrue. It may be fair to say that this is my favourite Weezer album, but only just and no way can it be seen today that the album is still in any way underrated. The album has many admirers and this is for good reason, 'Pinkerton' is a fantastic album and should be listened to by anyone that has even the slightest of interest in Rock music. It may not change your life but it should certainly impress you greatly.
And with that line, my favourite album of all time, Weezer's Pinkerton, begins on this stark note, but I'm getting ahead of myself, aren't I? Like all other great stories, there’s no point at starting in the middle. This is also the case with Weezer’s sophomore record, entitled Pinkerton. One simple cannot understand how different, strange and significant this record is without knowing the story of what happened beforehand. So, I shall start where it all began where the band Weezer, named after front man Rivers Cuomo’s childhood nickname for his asthma, was formed in a recording studio in Los Angeles in 1992. The then members in a line up that would constantly change in the coming years as a result of psychiatric breakdowns and inter-band feuds was Rivers Cuomo on vocals and guitar, Pat Wilson on the drums, Jason Cropper on the rhythm guitar and Matt Sharp on the bass. And, initially, the band went nowhere, unable to move out of death metal “tunes”, clichéd lyrics and their geeky outlook that was miles away from the masochistic images of their peers. And when Nirvana’s classic Nevermind record was released, suddenly Weezer and their music decided to change. The influence of Kurt Cobain and Nevermind on the music of Weezer is huge. The Seattle grunge scene, and Kurt Cobain, one of its then cult icons, had previously infatuated Rivers Cuomo. So, when Nirvana’s music suddenly shifted to more radio-friendly realms, so did Weezer’s music. And so the wheels of the band had finally become oiled and the vehicle was moving at a rapid rate, with Rivers being a living song-writing machine, churning out tune after tune after tune. Granted, not all of them were good and some of them were downright terrible but the songs that hit the bull’s-eye, really hit it hard. One other factor that improved Weezer’s music by spades was that they had finally come to terms with their
geeky image, not guiltily concealing it anymore but actually using it. Unlike other rock bands of the day, Weezer were acting like themselves- not professing to the drunken debauchery that there peers got up to, but instead parading their freckled, spotty faces with glee. There was no hidden agenda. This was the band and you could either, to coin a phrase, take them or leave them. This move also increased their fan base. The people who came to their early shows could relate to their music, and their insanely good lyrics, full of wit and irony. So, with such a prosperous take on the music scene, it wasn’t long that the band signed up a record deal with Geffen, ironically the record label that owns all of Nirvana’s recordings, and were ready to record their debut album, set for release in the May of 1994. Bar one sudden line-up change where guitarist Jason Cropper left to become a family man, being replaced by the more talented Brian Bell- the recording sessions went smoothly. The self-titled album, affectionately given the name “The Blue Album” by fans for its blue cover, was a global success. The world fell at its feet to the lush harmonies and clever lyrics of “Undone- The Sweater Song” that included the classic line “If you want to destroy my sweater, pull this thread as I walk away”. But it was their second single, “Buddy Holly” that really made the band a household name. The song, a celebration of being a social outcast, is accompanied by guitars that bull-doze their way through the Beatles-influenced melodies while the falsetto harmonics, that would play a much more integral part in Pinkerton, were as far fetched from Weezer’s initial death metal rants as one could get. Indeed, although the song is very catchy, it is more memorable for its music video, a recreation of America’s favourite family show of yesteryear, Happy Days. Further hit singles followed and the record sal
es piled further up, and by the time Kurt Cobain killed himself in 1994, Rivers Cuomo had replaced his idol as every teenager’s favourite rock star pin-up. And how did Rivers celebrate his newfound fame? No, he didn’t blow it all on the sleaze that other rock stars craved but enrolled in Harvard and took an English degree. Indeed, it is these experiences in Harvard that form the emotional core of Pinkerton’s ten songs. But another major event occurred during his studying period. Rivers noticed that one of his legs was quite shorter than the other. This was soon causing him a lot of emotional and physical pain so he decided on an operation to “stretch” his leg. The aftermath of this emotionally draining experience, where Rivers had to use an “old man’s cane” to walk was the catalyst for “The Good Life”, a witty, dark and subversive take on life in general which also happens to be Weezer’s magnum opus. All of these factors were forged into the production of Pinkerton and so, to this day; the record is an emotionally charged tour de force of rock, pop and punk. I remember when I first heard Pinkerton in the summer of 2001. I had initially heard the two pop friendly albums that sandwiched it and, after having loved those two records, was eager to hear what most of Weezer’s fans I had previously met called their “greatest record” would sound like. And when I wore my headphones and placed the CD into my hi-fi system, I was “greeted” by a flood of guitars wailing. But none of these opening sounds are choreographed. They all seem like natural impulses, it just sounds like a band preparing to play songs. The flurry of chords is very random and soon, after four drum taps, the listener is plunged into the dark world that opener “Tired Of Sex” embodies. Instead of the usual Mcartney-esque harmonics and hi-ho drumming, we are met by strange synt
h noises and one guitar playing a minor solo. If this new sound is less immediate, it is much more full-on than before with Pat Wilson and Matt Sharp providing a great rhythm track to duel with the fizzing guitar noises played by Rivers and Brian. As a Weezer fan, I was shocked and by the time Rivers started singing in a subversive and wounded moan rather than the usual witty charismatic nature of his voice, I hated the song. It was just too different from their previous effort for me. It was a complete shift in a new direction, one that did not seem to suit Weezer at the time. This sudden shift explains why the vast majority of fans initially rejected this album on its release in 1996. This rejection can explain why it was a complete commercial flop, only today just passing the 600,000 sales mark. For a band that had just enjoyed multi-platinum success, that must have hit very hard. And it indeed did leave a permanent mark in the band’s history. The record sales slump caused bassist Matt Sharp to pursue a side project, causing the band to go on hiatus until the Summer of 2000 when they had finally recovered from the sophomore slump and were ready to record a vastly radio-friendly hit album with a new bassist in tow. When I heard the rest of the album, the morose, dark elements continued like this in my hi-fi until by the time, I heard the opening acoustic chords of the final song, called Butterfly, I had just had enough. And so, Pinkerton gathered dust in my cupboard next to some other records I had come to hate. It wasn’t until about November of the same year that I decided to give Pinkerton another try. That November was a hard time for me, caused by the combination of exam pressures and depressingly dark weather. Finally, I could relate to the tortured feelings stored up inside Pinkerton. It wasn’t so much the lyrics, but the overall super-charged melancholic emotion of the whole piece that struck me as simply wonderful. It w
as as if a previously locked door had simply opened and, just like that, I was suddenly enjoying Pinkerton like I had enjoyed no other album in my life beforehand. Songs that I previously hated because they were too different, an example being the dynamic song “The Good Life”, I had now come to think of as wildly original in their musical scope and brilliant in their tunes and lyrics. From that rainy month onwards, Pinkerton became my favourite album of all time for numerous reasons. The pace of the record is absolutely frenetic. The drumming is relentless while the bass riffs are so complicated that only a skilled player can pull them off. The guitar sound is much more beefed up and far bulkier than what you would hear in other records while just as Jimi Hendrix did in the 1970s, Rivers and Brian extract tons of different sounds and styles of guitar playing throughout the album. Some of the most exciting moments are when the band just decide to thrash all of the angst built up through the songs out. An example of this is on the song “Why Bother?” in which Rivers contemplates on whether or not a relationship with a certain girl is worth it. He comically sings, “I’ve known a lot of girls before, so what’s the harm in knowing just one more, maybe we could get together, so you could break my heart next summer!”. After around two minutes of fast paced guitars and lyrics that display insecurity and a huge lack of social confidence, the band finally breaks down with Rivers building up a scream with the witty lyric “It’s a crying shame I’m all alone, not with you, nor her, nor anyone, won’t you knock me on my head, crack it open and let me out of here”. At this point, the brief faze of tranquillity is immediately broken by thrashing guitars and pounding drums that are so energetic, it seems that Rivers is trying to get all of that angst out of his head with a good old guitar thrash. And
it sounds fantastic. The album is also much more dynamic than one would expect. Rivers and Brian forge some of the most complex twin guitar solos to ever leave a recording studio. Forget what you’ve heard before, whether it be Led Zeppelin or Papa Roach. Nobody does a guitar solo like Rivers Cuomo. This is why fans constantly feel the guitar solos, usually used as filler in other songs, to be the highlights of every Weezer song and every single solo is long, convoluted and emotionally schizophrenic. Pinkerton is also a refreshing change from other albums in its genre. Today, most records are recorded using the infamous computer wizardry of the program “Pro Tools”. This allows a producer to improve the voices, or the noises made by a band. It also involves each musical track, for example drums and guitars, being recorded separately and then “layered” over each other by using this program. The final result is having a generally perfect recording. However, I feel this new computer wizardry is making music lose its essence. Some of the emotion, the power that is linked with music is because of how raw it is. A wrong note, a missed beat or an out of tune vocal just makes everything sound more real and gives an album a weightier feel. Pinkerton was recorded the “natural” way, all the different musical tracks being recorded simultaneously and there are deliberate mistakes here and there, that only add to the cathartic nature of this album. It is, to put it briefly, the antithesis to production heavy rock around the world. However, for me, it’s the lyrics that make Pinkerton fantastic. Mostly dabbling into relationships and work, they just seem much more real than anything else. This might be a result of Rivers not really thinking about rhyming together words or carefully thinking about where the song would go. In each and every song, he just lays down his soul for all of his fans to see, flooding a
ll of his songs with raw anger, pain and confusion. So, if you think you’re socially insecure, wait until you hear sad, old Rivers who can only be described as a hardcore self-loathing pessimist. Lyrics like “excuse the bitching, I shouldn’t complain, I should have more feeling, ‘cos feeling’s pain” and “what could you possibly see in little, old 3 chord me” are much more original and true to life than the usual fare. Occasionally, Rivers mixes his misery with comedy to devastating effect. The best example of this is Pink Triangle that would have been the third single from this record, if the record company hadn’t pulled the plug on the album before it could be released. On the surface, it is a song about a man falling in love with a woman he cannot have because she’s a lesbian. However, Rivers mixes this comical subject with sincere and heartbreaking lines like “But when I start to feel that pull, turns out I just pulled myself, she would never go with me, were I the last girl on Earth”, “If everyone’s a little queer, why can’t she be a little straight?” and “we were good as married in my mind, but married in my mind’s no good”. It’s this emotional heftiness that puts Pinkerton into a class of its own. In essence it is just a musical diary of some of the darkest moments in Rivers Cuomo’s life but it is worth taking notice that the album was inspired by the famous play “Madame Butterfly”, in which one of the characters is called “Pinkerton”. The play is a dashing blend of romance and tragedy, similar to Romeo and Juliet and packs a large emotional punch by the time it reaches its sombre conclusion. Rivers was even quoted as saying that Pinkerton is his “Madame Butterfly” twisted to fit around his own life experiences. All of this and the fact that the songs appear in chronological order since when
they were written on the album, make Pinkerton a somewhat rock opera. Although, it has no real storyline thread in each and every song we have the same lead character, Rivers, cocking up either his work or a relationship. And does it have a happy ending? No and that is actually a great thing because to have a joyful song after so much pain would be so out of place with the rest of the album, so it is fitting that Pinkerton ends on a sombre note, with the acoustic song, “Butterfly”. So, in conclusion, Pinkerton is an under appreciated tour de force of emotion that deserves to be in any music fan’s collection. It is only gaining the respect it thoroughly deserves today as fans and critics alike are realising how good this multi-layered masterpiece is. It’s short at just over thirty-five minutes but feels like a drawn out rock epic, considering all of the guitar solos the record spontaneously plunges into. And so I urge you to buy this record if you can. It's been a long time my fellow dooyoo-ers since I have written an opinon. And I would like to state, no matter what my account says, I have written 67 opinions, 65 of those under another account which I will leave to you to reveal. The clues are within this piece, my name and why I had to change my previous one. Anyway, I hop you enjoyed this and I just can't recommend to you enough how much I think you will love this record. I'll finish with lyrics from two of my favourite tracks, Tired Of Sex and The Good Life: Tired of Sex I'm tired, so tired I'm tired of having sex I'm spread so thin I don't know who I am Monday night I'm makin' Jen Tuesday night I'm makin' Lyn Wednesday night I'm makin' Catherine Oh, why can't I be makin' Love come true? I'm beat, beet red ashamed of what I said I'm sorry, here I go I know I'm a sinner
But I can't say no Thursday night I'm makin' Denise Friday night I'm makin' Sharise Saturday night I'm makin' Louise Oh, why can't I be makin' Love come true tonite, I'm down on my knees tonite I'm beggin' you please tonite, tonite, please Why, can't I be makin' love come true The Good Life When I look in the mirror I can't believe what I see Tell me, who's that funky dude starin' back at me? Broken, beaten-down can't even get around without an old-man cane I fall and hit the ground Shivering in the cold, I'm bitter and alone Excuse the bitchin' - I shouldn't complain I should have no feeling, 'cuz feeling is pain as everything I need is denied me and everything I want is taken away from me but who do I got to blame? Nobody but me I don't wanna be a old man anymore It's been a year or two since I was out on the floor Shakin' booty, makin' sweet love all the night It's time I got back to the Good Life It's time I got back, it's time I got back 'n I don't even know how I got off the track I wanna go back, yeah! Screw this crap, I've had it! I ain't no Mr. Cool I'm a pig, I'm a dog, so 'scuse me if I drool I ain't gonna hurt nobody, ain't gonna cause a scene I just need to admit I want sugar in my tea Hear me? I want sugar in my tea! Heck, I'll put in "Across The Sea" as well! Across the Sea You are 18 year old girl who live in small city of Japan and you heard me on the radio about one year ago and you're wanting to know all about me and my hobbies my favorite food and my birthday Why are you so far away from me? I need help and you're way across the
sea I could never touch you - I think it would be wrong But I've got your letter and you've got my song They don't make stationery like this where I'm from - so fragile, so refined So I sniff and I lick your envelope and fall to little pieces every time I wonder what clothes you wear to school; I wonder how you decorate your room I wonder how you touch yourself and curse myself for being across the sea At 10 I shaved my head and tried to be a monk I thought the older women would like me if I did You see, ma, I'm a good little boy It's all your fault, momma, it's all your fault goddamn, this business is really lame I gotta live on an island to find the juice So you send me your love from all around the world As if I could live on words and dreams and a million screams oh, how I need a hand in mine to feel. Chow, MakeMeOver (The Pinkerton fan who has been with dooyoo for nearly a year now)
Hello everyone. This is my first review, so please bear with me. I decided to do the best rock album ever, Weezer's Pinkerton. Here is a track-by-track breakdown: 1. Tired of Sex All I can say is that it is a very sad song. It's basically Rivers saying, "I don't love any of these girls, but I just can't help myself." All in all, it's a catchy beat with a killer bassline and sad lyrics. It's purely Rivers's emotions. Basically like the rest of the album. 2. Getchoo At first, the guitars in this song didn't appeal to me. After a few listens, I fell in love with the song. The vocals aren't the best on the album but still good. The drums I think are the best aspect of the song. The bass is easy and follows the song beautifully. 3. No Other One This is my least favourite song on the album. The lyrics are very straightforward, but it's like, "My girlfriend is kind of scary, but we're scared to leave each other." I guess it's because it's the only song besides TOS on the album that I can't relate to. At least TOS had a good beat. 4. Why Bother? Sad song. It is very good, but an acoustic bootleg I heard appeals more to be than the electric guitars. It seems to me like this song should have been played on an acoustic. I don't know why. Anyway, the drums were kind of cool and the vocals are kind of strained but it gives the song personality. 5. Across the Sea I love this song a lot. It's very beautiful and the lyrics kind of make your heart stop, especially during the bridge when Rivers screams out "Words and dreams and a million screams, oh, how I need a hand in mine to feel." For those few seconds it's like I'm dead weight. Powerful, emotional. . .and, yes, sad. The guitars in this song are fun to play along to at home. ;-) But the tabs are kind of confusing. 6. The Good Life This song has cool guitar
s, and the vocals are pretty good, too. The drums are subtle but get you really excited for some reason. It used to be my favourite song, but now it's not even close. It will never beat El Scorcho. But that's okay. I love this song. One of my all time favourite lyrics: "Ain't gonna hurt nobody/Ain't gonna cause a scene/Just need to admit that I want sugar in my tea/Hear me, hear me, I want sugar in my tea" I know that's a metaphor, but: tea is yummy. 7. El Scorcho Okay, this is my favourite song on the album and also my favourite song of all time. The beginning one-note thing is fun, and then our buddy Matt goes, "el scorchoooo" "aye carumba!". Pretty cool. The song is catchy and soon becomes one of your favourites, as you kind of get lost in it. It's also fun to sing. The whole "watching grunge leg-drop new-jack through a press table. . ." is explained at newbiefaq.cjb.net. Anyway, I LOVE THIS SONG. 8. Pink Triangle A magazine reviewing this album said that Pink Triangle was "the best song about falling in love with a lesbian besides the ones written by lesbians." So I agree. "I'm dumb/She's a lesbian/I thought I had found the one" says the chorus as Rivers seemingly swallows the mic in screaming the words. I also can't relate to this song, but it gets stuck in one's head and blows you away. The guitars are cool. I recommend learning to play this song. The drums are kind of interesting, too. 9. Falling for You This song is very powerful as Rivers sings his heart out for a girl who he needs to calm down for. Powerful vocals and a hard guitar make this song the amazing tune that it is. I immediately fell in love with this song the second I heard it on Weezer Ville Radio. The guitars are lots of fun, and the song is really fun to sing along to. 10. Butterfly I wouldn't really call this Weezer-Butterfly, I'd c
all it Rivers Cuomo-Butterfly. The only other appearance made by any other member is Pat hitting that bass drum for a small part in the song. It is a beautiful song though. Very sad. The guitar is acoustic and played well. Rivers's voice rasps out "the ghost slips away. . ." and also, at the end, if you press headphones to your ears, you hear him put down the guitar and say "whew!!" A little glimpse into the recording studio. This song almost made me cry once. . . Well, that's Weezer's Pinkerton. Powerful.
Many people would argue with me about my review of this album and many will agree. Its one of those albums which has an aquired taste, its for 1:dark 2:personal lyrics and 3:rough raw sound. Heres my review from song to song 1-10. 1:tired of sex: Took me about five listens to start liking it, here he talks about wanting love not sex. has a heavy start and finish, good. 2:getchoo: Another good song, which i think he talks about a girlfriend is breaking me up when in love. has an angry chorus "to getchoo, uh huh" 3:no other one: A bit weak this one, but still good, here he talks about a girlfriend that has turned bad, but she wants and he wants her. 4:why bother: This is an absolute classic tune one of the best on the whole album.As most weezer songs it revolves around a sing along chorus. a tuneful song with sad lyrics "why bother its gonna hurt me, its gonna kill when u desert" 5:across the sea: Another fantastic little gem, which again revolves around a chorus which took me a few gos to really get into. fantastic 6:the good life: The album reaches its absolute peak here with a song that should go down in history as, brilliant. again revolves around an irresistable chorus. "i dont want to be an old man anymore its been a year or two since i was out on the floor" 7:el scorcho: Not as good as "the good life" but nearly as good. Sounds kind of mexican sounding, with another great chorus to sing along to and great lyrics. 8:pink triangle: Funniest song on the album hera he talks about a girlfriend he met who tuned out to be lesbian. Great to sing along to "im dumb shes a lesbian, i thought i had found the one, we were good as married in my mind but married in my minds no good." 9:falling for you: Again fantastic tune and chorus to effectively finish of a great album. he talks about having a girlfriend and being absolutely bessoted by her,
but trying to fin her flaws, briliant. 10:butterfly: Mysterious this one just rivers singing along to his acoustic guitar about a butterfly with it ending him singing "im sorry" three times So there we have a song by song review that should prise you away from people who said this album was a disaster, was then prove them wrong now.
Weezer are the most underrated band in the world. Their unique guitar pop goes unnoticed and that is a bad thing. Their latest album "Maladroit" has just been released and received critical acclaim. Reading recent articles on Weezer I was shocked to discover that their amazing 1996 effort "Pinkerton" was panned by music magazines and even the fans did not buy it. I do not understand why because it is clearly the bands best work. Rivers Cuomo had written and produced a dark and moody album. Even the artwork was moody and bleak. The artwork (for any people living in Manchester) was taken from a painting at the Whitworth gallery. It is a classic rock album and should be heard by everyone. If you think that Weezer just write songs about true love and happiness. Think again. "Pinkerton" sounds like pop songs going through a grinder. The songs have melodies and harmonies but the band use a lot more distorted guitars and heavy pounding bass and drums. The Band Rivers Cuomo- vocals,guitars, piano Brian Bell-guitar, backing vocals Matt Sharp-bass, backing vocals Pat Wilson- Drums "Tired Of Sex" The opening track from "Pinkerton" starts with lots of little squiggly feedback sounds before the main bass line kicks things off. The tone is set for the rest of the album. Rivers is accompanied by bass and drums and he sings "I'm tired, so tired, I'm tired of having sex". The song is about Rivers sleeping with lots of women, but he is always looking for a real relationship. The song features a truly heavy chorus and Rivers screams; "I'm sorry. I know I'm a sinner but I can't say no". The song also features the trademark Weezer harmonies. Brian and Matt both provide backing vocals on this track. If the listener compares "Tired of Sex" with the other opening tr
acks from Weezer's albums, the listener will realise that "Pinkerton" is about Weezer in an angry and pessimistic mood. "Getchoo" The second song begins with a heavy intro and again does not let up with its heavy rock guitars and pounding drums. "Getchoo" is probably the weakest song on the album. It's very good but it's not remarkable like the rest of the album. On this song Rivers sings about a relationship gone bad. Unlike other Weezer songs, that deal with this subject matter "Getchoo" sounds really angry and bitter. The usual response in a Weezer song to a bad relationship is one of hope and quiet sadness. This song is a big "Fuck You!" to all the women that have dumped him. Rivers yells "It used to be a game, now it’s a crying shame" and " I can't believe what you've done to me". No Other One The third track is a bit weak. It’s the least memorable track on the album and Rivers sings about reassurance and love. It is also less distorted and lacks drive. Rivers croons; "My girl's a liar but I'll stand beside her". On this album Rivers really is a barrel of laughs. There have been rumours over the years of Rivers being a weirdo and a control freak. A recent article in a music magazine confirms this. The magazine tells us that in between gigs and albums, Rivers sits at his computer all day and does not talk to people. In short the guy has major issues. After this magnificent album he broke the band up and studied English Lit at Harvard. He his a madman but also a genius. Why Bother? This song really kicks ass. It's fast and a bit of a punk rock number. Rivers sings (this time) about lust and a fantasy relationship, and he knows it won't last. The chorus confirms this; "Why bother its gonna hurt me, its gonna kill when you
desert me". The drums also kick ass on this track. Pat Wilson is a great drummer. Another thing that is wonderful about this album is that it's got a really unpolished production value. "The Green Album" is really tight and everything sounds compact and recorded to the perfect timbre and pitch. "Pinkerton" is raw and really emotional. The band produced it on their own with only mixing staff and guitar technicians etc helping out. Across the Sea This is an all time classic song. It opens with Rivers singing "You are an eighteen year old girl, who lives in a small city in Japan". The song is an ode to love and a fan Rivers falls in love with. It jangles along at a medium pace but the chorus is a big and loud; "Why are you so far away from me? I need help and you're way across the sea". It's a wonderful tune. The Good Life "The Good Life" reminds me of old Weezer. The song actually sounds upbeat and cheerful. Underneath its poppy veneer is a song about a person who is unhappy with his life and he wants to go back to happier times. The song is loud and uses a staccato guitar riff. " When I look in the mirror, I can't believe what I see. Tell me who's that funky dude staring back at me?" The themes of album are explored in every song. The genius of Rivers Cuomo is that every song sounds different. El Scorcho Time to get the acoustic guitars out because Weezer are having a jamboree. This song is another classic. It also uses a soft verse with a fast and punky mid-section before turning into a sing a long anthem. The subject that is being explored here is, women. Women are the eternal mystery and Rivers obviously loves them. The chorus has a beautiful chanting anthem feel to it; "I'm a lot like you so please, hello, I'm here, I'm waiting, I think I'd be good for you and you'd be good for me
". This song is a perfect pop song. When listening to music and lyrics like "El Scorcho" the genius of Rivers Cuomo is revealed. Pink Triangle This song is another classic. Rivers falls in love with a girl who turns out to be a lesbian. It features the best lyric of the album; " Everyone's a little queer, oh can't she be a little straight". The song changes pace and style quite a lot. It also features a lot of complex guitar layers. Weezer maybe a three minute pop song kind of band but they love guitar solos and riffs. Falling For You The album finishes here. It is not the last song but the heavy, load, distorted and pounding bass finish with the song. The lyrics are well observed and bittersweet. It’s about making compromises in relationships and realizing that Rivers loves somebody but still he's full of doubt; "Holy cow I think I got one here. Now just what am I supposed to do. I got a number of irrational fears, that I'd like to share with you". It contains a cool guitar solo and finishes the album on a high with hope and true love conquering all. Butterfly This song is the odd one out. Why it's on this album is a big mystery. The song consists of Rivers on vocals and his acoustic guitar. The juxtaposition of this song with the rest of the album is really odd. The melanchollic nature of this song depresses me. It really is glum and numbing. Sample lyric " Everything I want slips away" and "I'm not ever coming back". What is really interesting about Weezer in general is that they are miserable fella's who write beautiful music. The song fades away and "Pinkerton" is revealed to be a signal for the end of Weezer. It was for six years. Weezer are an essential band. From this review I hope people will check them out. "Pinkerton" is a classic album. Full stop
I've decided to change (or renew) my first opinion on Pinkerton because I don't think it does justice to such a wonderful record. The biggest compliment I can say about Pinkerton is it is undoubtedly the best album ever made, and I've heard a lot of albums. Nothing, not even Nevermind or Pet Sounds even, can take away that accolade from Weezer. It is the swansong of the wild, dirty, garage-band Weezer that have today changed into a band who make completely different music (albeit excellent music, check out my opinions on The Green Album and Maladroit). It is a sad fact about the state of music today that upon release in 1996, Pinkerton was a commercial and critical flop (it's only today just broken the gold disc barrier). For a band who's first album was a multi-platinum success worldwide and who's video for hit single Buddy Holly was on the Microsoft Windows 1995 C.D.- that must have been really disappointing. And this is evident as the band took a five year "hiatus" and have only come back recently to reclaim their geek rock crown from the vast arrays of cringe worthy bands like Wheatus that have tarnished it so often. Pinkerton was anything but geek rock though. The album is so far fetched from the formula used on Weezer's multi-platinum self-titled debut that it isn't surprising that the millions of Weezer fans rejected this album with disgust and couldn't believe what had happened to their favourite band (just like Green Day's Insomniac upon its release). Instead of the bubblegum pop delights of worldwide "novelty" hit Buddy Holly, El Scorcho- a dark, broody song filled with a sense of hopelessness and despair-met fans. Critics too were not prepared for such a drastic change in direction by the band, with Rolling Stone naming Pinkerton as the worst album of 1996 (with the best being Nirvana's From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah). That is disappointing because Pinkerton is better
than any record Nirvana, The Pixies or even the Sex Pistols, for crissakes, ever made! None of the fans or critics looked deep enough to find the true beauty of this album, they simply just took it at face value and labelled it as "a disaster that Weezer may never escape from"- unnamed music publication. What makes Pinkerton the best album ever made is its lyrics and the soul in lead guitarist/ singer Rivers Cuomo's voice. I have never doubted Cuomo and have always thought him to be a clever, witty songwriter who makes very offbeat songs. It wasn't until Pinkerton that I realised his true genius however. Cuomo, on Pinkerton, has fabricated ten unique songs about the desperation, hopelessness and suicidal thoughts that go through a loner's head. Every song is literally tinged with tears; so don't expect a happy album. This is Cuomo stabbing back at the world he hates, the people who have rejected him in the past and stabbing back at even himself (the album is filled with self-deprecating qualities). This theme brings back floods of memories of In Utero-era Kurt Cobain and like In Utero; Pinkerton led to the demise of a well-loved band (the demise of the garage punk era Weezer before they turned into a pop/punk vehicle). Even Cuomo himself hates Pinkerton, and you can't blame him. Pinkerton is a diary of some of the darkest moments of Cuomo's life, some moments he would rather not remember (other than share with us all!). He's labelled the album as "sick, twisted and our worst record" (the other band members share a very different opinion- no surprise!). So what does make Pinkerton so different? The answer is its sound. Somehow Cuomo has crafted songs that sound dark, depressing and dirty without falling into the nu-metal pit and without using any shouty vocals whatsoever. Like Green Day's Insomniac, the guitars sound a lot fatter and more fulfilling than the ones heard on The Blue Album (Weez
er's self-titled debut affectionately titled by fans because of its blue cover, the same was done on The Green Album- Pinkerton's radio-friendly successor) but never get too hard and chuggy as happened on the latter tracks on Insomniac. Also, the falsetto vocals that were pickled onto The Blue Album completely drench Pinkerton- with some of the most complicated vocal arrangement ever coming into short, sharp three-minute punk songs- genius! The drumming is also much less "productionised" than before. They sound much more back to basics, much more raw. In fact, the whole sound of Pinkerton is raw and you can tell that Weezer produced it themselves. It lacks the spit and sheen of The Blue Album but Pinkerton's raw production fits in more comfortably with its uncomfortable, angst-ridden songs about hate, lust and anger. In fact, if you could throw in some crowd cheers into the album here and there- Pinkerton would sound like a live album- it's that raw. There's also a lot more feedback sounds on this one and on some tracks a trance-like synthesiser is used to add another dimension to the sound. The biggest change however is Cuomo's vocals. On The Blue Album, Cuomo sang in his syrupy smooth voice and always stuck to happy tones (except on the Weezer show staple Say It Ain't So). On Pinkerton, everything has changed and there is a reason for this change. After The Blue Album, Rivers returned to Harvard to finish a degree in English literature. It was at this point that a vital aspect of his body came to his attention, his leg. He realised that his left leg was considerably shorter than the other and caused him so much pain that he had to go through with an operation to "extend" it. This and groupie sex, loneliness and an "old man's cane" (he needed a walking stick after the operation) all contributed to Rivers new found voice. Rivers voice on this album sounds spiteful, angry, psychotic and arrogant b
ut there's a sweet vulnerability to it all that makes every word he sings so sad and depressing. This is all far off from the elation effect of hearing Weezer's breakthrough hit Buddy Holly. Anyway, I'm lingering too long on what makes this album different- I think you get the picture now. I'll go through the tracks one by one now and add what I think are the key lyrics to each song (the most cleverly written ones). The lyrics are also undeniably witty and depressing on this album. So here I go: 1. Tired Of Sex The track is as far away as you can get from Blue's opener, My Name Is Jonas. Starting with feedback noises, pounding (lo-fi) drums kick in while Brian Bell starts off the album with an egyptian guitar riff as a hypnotic bassline kicks in. The track builds up throughout the chorus until everything breaks down into full distortion right after the chorus is finished- with the whole song being littered with screams of pain. The song has Brian Bell's best guitar solo and a solo that only truly expert guitarist's can perform. The song is like a mini-epic with Rivers at the beginning singing "I'm tired of having sex" and then at the end before the whole song breaks down into a mess of guitar lines, he sings "Tonight I'm begging you please, tonight please do me". The song is about Rivers' experiences with groupie sex at Harvard and how he soon became disgusted and bored of it, while being addicted to the pleasures he was receiving. It's underlying meaning is that sex without love is useless and gives us nothing. A good message out there to the youth of some countries (not mentioning any names). "Monday night I'm making Lynne, Tuesday night I'm making my girlfriend, Wednesday night I'm making Catherine so why can't I be making love come true, what can a guy do" 2. Getchoo Although the song isn't a dud in the sense of the word, it
just doesn't capture the magic that every other track on this album holds. The riff is simple, two-note stuff and harks back to the hair-metal days of the 1980s. The sound is very similar to Weezer's recent cult smash Take Control but is much less refined than that song with guitars just going everywhere and the bass playing a monotonous, one-note line. Everything builds up to an immense chorus that really is the saving grace of an otherwise poor track. The chorus has the power of ten anthems with real shouted out vocals by Rivers and Brian. It probably is the most gothic song on this album with its guitar solo sounding like the theme tune from the Batman movie. The lyrics are also disappointingly simple compared with the other tracks on this album. Rivers sings about being rejected by a girl and the pain he goes through. "This is beginning to hurt, this is beginning to break me up, I know that it's not a game, because it's driving me insane" 3. No Other One This song is a slow ballad with one of the album's best guitar riffs. It all starts in a mess of feedback noises and screams but then out of the blue an air guitar riff that slides up and down emerges. The bass also slides on a smooth drum beat. The effect is like being on a ship- going up and down and up and down. It really is that thrillimng. Everything calms down for a quiet sombre verse until a booming chorus (but not an anthemic one) kicks into the blender. The album has the first real echo of the falsetto vocals that will encompass th last few tracks on this record. The key to this song's greatness though is another great guitar solo that is made up of actually two soloes played simultaneously that seamlessly merge into one at the end of their run. The sound is crushingly beautiful- this is one to pull the heartstrings. Rivers sings about a paranoid relationship where his girlfriend thinks he's cheating on her and vice-versa. The lyrics are e
specially good so I couldn't just pick one line: "No there's no other one, no there's no other one, how could I have another one, when I can't handle only one" "My girl's not with me, 'cos she's with my friends" "My girl's a liar but I'll stand beside her, she's all that I love and I don't wanna let go, I'm everything she's got and she's everything I've got and we don't wanna be alone" 4. Why Bother? This is as close the album comes to the pop friendly Blue. The sound is glaringly reminiscent of Weezer's hit single Buddy Holly but the whole guitar lines are much more distorted. The song starts with a bassline running to build up to crashing guitars that simultaneously kick in with the vocal arrangements. Everything goes on nicely with feedback noises aplenty but instead of delving into another anthemic chorus, the song goes into a totally new direction. The chorus is all power chords that stop then start again with falsetto vocal arrangements dressing them up beautifully. It probably is the most predictable of all the tracks as even the guitar solo lacks the convoluted lines of the later tracks on this album. However, it is a very accomplished song and probably the only happy moment on this album. The lyrics are deadbeat and sardonic but also attaining a comic wit to them reminiscent of Blue. Rivers sings about being attracted to a girl but then thinking over whether he should make a move on her or not, contemplating some defunct past relationships that he has already had: "It's only sexual attraction, so I better keep wackin'! Why bother, it's gonna hurt me, gonna kill when you desert me, this happened to me twice before, won'y happen to me anymore" "I've known a lot of girls before, so what's the harm in knowing just one more, maybe we could even get together so you c
ould break my heart next summer!" 5. Across The Sea This song is always voted in polls by fans as Weezer's best song. Although I think it isn't (that accolade comes for another track on this album), it definitely comes into their top five songs that they've written. The song starts strangely with a quiet but soothing piano that plays along with a similarly low-key flute. First impressions are that this will turn out to be an acoustic remedy to the distortion of the previous tracks. All exectations are proved wrong when the tune is suddenly halted by a minor guitar chord and beofre it fades away the song kicks in: simple bass playing, four chord guitar progression and plodding drums all meet Cuomo's desperate and hopeless sounding vocals. Everything plods along nicely to a great, memorable chorus. I cannot really state how good this chorus is but it really is THAT good.The piano contributes more to the sound as the song progresses with the falsetto vocals kicking in towards the middle of the song. The song also contains the most complex guitar solo Weezer have ever written that goes on for about two minutes or so. Every chord in the solo is minor and sounds annoyed and impatient while the track definitely attains the emo-ish sound that Weezer made famous with their debut. The chorus is also typical Weezer and some argue it to be the best chorus the band ever wrote. to be certain, this is definitely the most heartbreaking and hopeless song Weezer have everwritten as Cuomo sings about a letter a Japanese fan sent him and what he thinks of her: "Why are you so far away from me, I need help and you're way across the sea, I could never touch you, I think it would be wrong, I've got your letter, you've got my song" "As if I could live on words and dreams and a million screams, oh how I need a hand in mine to feel" 6. The Good Life The second (and last) single from Pin
kerton is the only song on this album not concerned with girls. Instead, Rivers ponders about his social insecurity and wanting to get back to "the good life" he misses so much after his stint at Harvard. The song is one of the most easily-relatable to on the album with lyrics concerning hopelessness, depression, loss and money problems. That would be good enough but Rivers and the gang also give us the best riff they've ever written in the blender. Forget Smells Like Teen Spirit's overrated, monotonous, sludgy jangly guitar- wait until you hear the riff on this song. Arguably, the riff isn't very noticeable at first but the more you hear the song- the more you'll love it. Falsetto vocals are again used to the extreme with great backing vocals from the gang as well. The key is the chorus though, which is strangely upbeat and joyful. The track is very emotional with Rivers screaming and crying the lines "I want to get back to the good life". An absolute corker of a song this is: "When I look in the mirror, can't believe what I see, tell me who's that funky dude, staring back at me" "Excuse the fiction, I shouldn't complain, I should have more feeling, only because feeling's pain" "Screw this crap I've had it, I ain't no Mr. Cool, I'm gonna pay, I'm a dog, So excuse me if I drool". 7. El Scorcho The first single from Pinkerton is as far away from the hi-ho beat of Buddy Holly as you can get. You see, Buddy Holly was concerned with keeping the girl but El Scorcho is more to do with getting the girl. The tone is witty and deadbeat with a continously looping (acoustic) egyptian riff that runs through the verses and goes distorted during this song's anthemic chorus. The song starts to get predictable and boring until a dazzlingly fresh punk interlude after the second chorus that redeems this song completely and places it with
Weezer's best tracks. A surprising choice for first single (I think Why Bother? would have worked much better on the charts and would have sold this record a few more copies): "Goddamn you half-japanese girls, do it to me everytime, all the red heads like you shred a cello, and i'm jello baby" "I'm alive like you, I'm alive and I'm waiting, I think I'd be good for you, and you'd be good for me" "How stupid is it, I can't talk about it, I got to sing about it, and make a record yo" 8. Pink Triangle This would have been single number three if the record company hadn't pulled the plug on the whole Pinkerton project as they saw it flop in the charts and on reviews. Pink Trinagle is arguably the sweetest, funniest and simply the greatest song Weezer ever wrote. Words can't really describe how good this song is- it'll make you laugh, it'll melt your heart and it'll make you feel better at the end. The verses are sung with absolute vigour and the backing vocals scream with delight while the guitar solo is simple and yet holds all the hooks and charms you could want in a Weezer song. Kudos especially to Brian Bell for making his air guitar work so well on this album because the string solos done while Rivers sings the verses are made up of a very complex combination of notes. I don't want to say too much so here are the key lyrics: "When I'm stable long enough, I start to look around for love, she was looking for a prince, my mind begins the arrangements, and when I start to feel a pull, turns out I just pulled myself, she would never go with me, were I the last girl on Earth" "I'm dumb, she's a lesbian, thought I had found the one, we would get married in my mind but married in my mind's no good, oh pink triangle on her sleeve, let me know the truth, come in and let me know the whole truth"
"Might have smoked a few in my time, but never thought it was a crime, thought the time would truly come, when I would go and settle down, and when I think I found a good old fashioned girl, then she puts me in my place, if everyone's a little queer, can't she be a little straight" 9. Falling For You This sounds very similar to Pink Triangle at first: catchy riff, catchy chorus but the subject matter is much more serious. While, Pink Triangle was about falling in love with a lesbian women, falling for you is much darker in tone and jsut about falling for a girl and trying to convince her that she's the one for you. Kudos again to Brian Wilson for another overtly complex guitar solo through the verses, the song is hypnotically infectious. However, the lyric's leave much to be desired and this is the only downfall of an otherwise perfect song. "What do you think of old goats like me, hanging out with chicks like you" 10. Butterfly Only In Dreams ended Blue and is regarded by Weezer fans as the most epic song Weezer ever wrote, being aroound eight minutes long. So no surprise that fans were disappoinyted with Butterly, a two minute acoustic jangle with no guitar solo to speak of. However, this isn't a track to go against. I wouldn't staple it as a Weezer classic but it's not as boring as some people make out. It's mix of simple drumbeats and two acoustic guitars and a humble bass guitar brings a sense of peace and tranquility to finish the album after the heartfelt anger and distoorted guitars that drenched every other track on this record. Lyrics about messing up a relationship are bittersweet and tearjerking. One can only feel a sense of wanting much more as the final acoustic chord flutters away and the album finishes. So, at ten tracks, pinkerton would seem very short. However, due to the epic scale of most of the tracks here (Across The Sea, No Other
One, The Good Life, Pink Triangle, Falling For You, El Scorcho), Pinkerton is surprisingly fulfilling- even if it runs only for thirty-five minutes. Cuomo has done the impossible and made the most emotional and heartbreaking album ever made, on only ten tracks that level out at under thirty-five minuted. Impossible if you ask me but Rivers Cuomo did just that and with style. In conclusion, forget everything you've heard before- Pinkerton IS the best album ever made and was criminally underrated by an unprepared public upon its release. Nevermind, Never Mind The Bollocks, Pet Sounds, Dookie, Enema Of The State, Nu-Clear sounds and even Weezer's dazzlingly original debut don't even come anywhere near to the perfection of every track (except Getchoo) on this album. Buy it whenever you can, you won't regret it. Thanks for the support out there, I just hope this opinion earns a crown (my second one) because I've worked so heard on it. Chow Pinkertonisrad.
For some reason the critics gave this album a bit of a kicking. Apparently it is not very good. Some say that it is crap compared to Weezer's first release, "The Blue Album." But, erm, hello critics, have you actually listened to this record? Because it shits all over that first album. From a very great height indeed. Certainly less commercial than both its predecessor and the new CD, "Pinkerton" is certainly less instant. But I think that is its appeal, and what makes this CD so rewarding. Rivers Cuomo is a genius, that there is no doubt, and this is the work of a genius. It is just common knowledge that all geniuses just seem to go a little bit, well, cuckoo at times in their lives. And Rivers certainly went a bit, well, bizarre during the recording of this CD. But, as I have said, this is its appeal. And boy, is this Cd good. "Tired Of Sex" is about as personal as you can get, and "Getchoo" has the raw edge that was missing from the first album. "No Other One" has that passion and edge once again, something that really does shine through. Where as "The Blue Album" often seemed a little too polished, this is effort is a lot more honest and it sounds like the band were on edge during the recording. "Why Bother?" is really cool, almost singalong-a-Weezer, although the subject is pretty much as sad as usual. "Across The Sea" has this beautiful piano opening which does make it sound a little like Celine Dion, but as soon as Rivers opens his mouth, you know that it isn't that godawful Canadian crooner. "Why are you so far away from me," never seemed to hit so hard until you hear Rivers' fragile vocals. "The Good Life" and its punchy opening riff is geek rock at its best, and "El Scorcho" is bizarre but cool nonetheless. Pretty nonsensical lyrically, but when the song sounds as cool as this, who cares? &qu
ot;Pink Triangle" is a highlight, its "I'm dumb, she's a lesbian" refrain is really funny, and the song is brilliant too. "Falling For You" is a little weak, a little bit slow to get going, but when it does, it is most certainly worth the wait. And "Butterfly" is an absolutely gorgeous end to a brilliant album. Yeah, its is only ten songs, and only 35 minutes in length, but "Pinkerton" is another must buy. This is certainly a band that don't do bad albums, let alone bad songs. Geek/emo/rock at its best. Openly surpassed by two albums within its genre... and one of them has "The," "Green," and "Album" in its title...
Pinkerton was US Collage band Weezers 2nd album. The Blue Album is anthemic perfection, The Green Album tuneful power pop....but the mighty Pinkerton is not so easy to categorise. Sure, it's harder, tougher, angrier and more obscure, but without losing any of the incredible musicianship and tunes that make Weezer what they are. My personal favourites are the frustrated and rhythmic 'The Good Life' and the epic 'Falling for you'...today that is! Difficult to choose favourites when every song is sensational. The grittier guitar solos are incredible, and the vocals less polished, more anguished...Rivers moves from anger to guilt to boredom to grief within the running time of this cd. The themes behind the lyrics are intruiging and the half Japanese girl with her cello at the heart of this cd is a mysterious and interesting character! The only sad point at the Weezer concert i went to a few months ago was that only Tired of Sex was played from Pinkerton...sounding fantastic, but hopefully next time the set will include more from such an overlooked masterpiece. Listen to all the =W= musical output in chronological (or any!) order and you cannot help but be astonished and delighted with the diversity of this band, while remaining true to their fan base and themselves. For me personally my favourite song on the album is 'El Scorchio' - class alround, but not quite up there with 'Buddy Holly' still my favourite Weezer song by a mile - a true classic, its on The Blue Album. Worth your time. THanks indieboy.
In the summer of '96 whilst the entire country was stupefied by some bloody football tournament, Weezer released Pinkerton, their second album which was ignored and disappeared quietly. /this is one of music's biggest travesties allowing this masterpiece to be lost. What would I do without Weezer? They are essential to my music collection. Especially this their 1996 album, that many people don't know exists. I haven't owned this album for very long, but I've known the songs on it for quite awhile. Pinkerton is my favorite album by these guys so far, but it might not be liked too well by some people who were very fond of the first album as it represents a big departure from their early nerd-rock style. The style is a little different, though it's definitely Weezer. Rivers Cuomo's (the lead vocalist) lyric's are a bit more personal than before. Unfortunately, the lyrics are not included with the album which is a shame. However, their trademark falsetto voices are very present, and that pleases me. I have a hard time describing what each track sounds like. There's a lot of guitar, but not in the overwhelming-can't-hear-any-of-the-lyrics kind of way. You'll hear back up falsetto voices, and vocals that might not sound exactly perfect or in tune, but it works. And it works well. TRACKS 1. Tired of Sex This song starts out with some drumming and this buzzing-like sound. I think it's probably a keyboard, and it's present throughout the song more than the other tracks, which makes it stand out a bit. The lyrics describe being tired of just having one night flings, but he can't say no. 'Thursday night I'm makin' Denise' 'Friday night I'm makin' Sharise' 'Saturday night I'm makin' Louise' 'Oh, why can't I be makin' love come true' 2. Getchoo This
song might be one of the more heavy songs on the album with the guitar, but it's still very lighthearted in sound. Lyrics are about trying to get back in a relationship with someone when you've made a mistake of joking around too much. 3. No Other One Sometimes I wonder how this band makes things sound so good. The guitar at the beginning of this track is odd, and I wouldn't expect to hear it from another band. This track also has a more minor sound than most of the others. The lyrics are about being in a relationship simply because you don't want to be alone. 'We're all we've got' 'And we don't want to be alone' One of the things I like most is how easy their songs are to understand. They are definitely not deep, but I really don't like always having to analyze a song before I can understand what it's really saying. 4. Why Bother? This is one of the shorter songs, lasting just over two minutes (most of them are short). The lyrics are about trying to avoid a relationship where being hurt is just where it's going to end up. 'Maybe we could even get together' 'Maybe you could break my heart next summer' 5. Across the Sea Ahh yes. My favorite part of the CD has begun. Track 5-8 are my favorite to listen to. Across the Sea is a sad song about finding someone that seems perfect for you, but being far away from them, or across the sea. Rivers sings about a girl who lives in Japan, and it's known that he has a thing for Asian women. I simply can't get enough of this song. 'So you send me your love from all around the world' 'As if I could live on words and dreams and a million screams' 'Oh how I need a hand in mine, to feel' 6. The Good Life This is a FUN song. It's is also the only song I've heard from this album on the radi
o. The lyrics describe wanting to get back to having fun in life instead of just being miserable most of the time. 'I don't wanna be a old man anymore' 'It's been a year or two since I was out on the floor' 'Shakin' booty, makin' sweet love all the night' 'It's time I got back to the good life' How can you not love this song? 7. El Scorcho This is probably the oddest sounding track on the album and also my favourite Weezer song with the catchiest chorus you're ever likely to hear. Again, there's the odd guitar tunes, the out of tune vocals, falsetto voices, the lyrics, and I do believe the song even starts out with some gargling (or something that sounds just like it, anyway). Rivers sings about an Asian girl again, or "half Japanese girls," and about how he feels they would be good together. 'I'm a lot like you so please Hello, I'm here, I'm waiting' 'I think I'd be good for you and you'd be good for me' 8. Pink Triangle This is about finding a girl who is just right...except she's a lesbian, and the heartbreak that brings. Like all the others this track is very catchy. 'If everyone's a little queer' 'can't she be a little straight?' 9. Falling For You As the title hints, the song is about suddenly realizing that you're falling for someone. The song seems to alternate from minor sounds to major sounds. 'But I'm shaking at your touch' 'I like you way too much' 'My baby, I'm afraid I'm falling for you' 10. Butterfly What a perfect way to end the album. This is an acoustic track about a relationship going bad, and good things slipping away. It's a slow and soft song, a big difference than the rest of the tracks. You get to rea
lly hear River's vocals. I like to hear albums end on a soft, even if it's sad, note. I wish the album were longer, it doesn't last much over half an hour. I definitely recommend this to anyone who likes rock/pop music and is looking for some catchy radio-friendly music. It's also a must have for Weezer fans who liked the first album, but are open to some style changes. This band easily becomes likeable and will grow on you. Buy it, you won't regret it. This is one of my alltime top five albums. They are :- This. Revolver - the Beatles The Holy Bible - the Manic Street Preachers Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin London Calling - The Clash I'll be reviewing them all, so keep your eyes out for them.
Pinkerton is Weezer’s second album, it was released to a lot more critical than their self-titled debut, but it was a little harder and it wasn’t as well received by the public. The same old Weezer is there, the lyrics still have their tongues stuck very firmly in their cheeks, but the sound is beefed up a little, the guitar work is more complicated and there’s a whole lot more distortion going on. This makes it a little less accessible than the first and third albums; it takes a few listens before you really start to appreciate. If you’ve read my opinion the Green Album, their latest album, you’ll know that that was my first Weezer album, and I decided to work my way backwards through their albums. I’ll admit I was expecting more of the same cheery poppy-rock output, but with a few listens I noticed a lot of little things that made it a really excellent album. You have to concentrate on this album a lot more – it isn’t the type of album that you can put on in the background while you’re doing something else, it demands your attention. Yes, the music and tone is darker, but that doesn’t make it any less good. TIRED OF SEX Opens the album in a great way – a piece of feedback, a clatter of cymbals, before it launches into it’s steady, almost marching-like drumbeat, the lumbering, distorted bassline adds itself to the mix, before the guitar comes in, and the whole lot comes together in a frenzied, fuzzy riff. The vocals are harsh, shouted in sharp bursts rather than being sung, with the backing vocals adding a more harmonious complement. The whole song has the sound of being out of control, and it descends into a fantastic solo near the end, before the vocals get more and more desperate. It’s a great opener, it really catches your attention, and the content of the song is great as well – he’s tied of sex, he wants love instead of making love, and as the song
goes on, the lyrics become more desperate, the tune matches those feelings. GETCHOO Opening a blaze of feedback before moving into a simple but interesting riff, the distortion being used really well to draw you into the song. The drums are simple and slow, the bass playing confidently in the background, the song zips along really well. It has little sparks of life as it moves into the chorus as it loses it’s fluidity a little, the rhythm is lost and it grabs your attention. The song has a bit of aggression in the vocals and the guitar, which gives it a little bit of an edge and make sure you pay attention. Again there’s a great guitar solo near the end when they crank the distortion dial right up and create a fascinating sound, while the drums and bass ignite the touch paper around it. NO OTHER ONE Beginning again in a hail of feedback, this has a much more awkward riff, it sounds very disjointed and unpleasant to begin with, before moving into a more familiar and tuneful sound. It takes the pace of the previous songs down a little, and sounds a lot more heartfelt and less aggressive than the others. It’s the sound of a relationship falling apart, he realises he can’t make it with anyone but this girl he’s losing, and the sound is difficult, like the emotions he’s going through. The lyrics are so beautiful; the emotions coming through will bring a lump to the throat of anyone whose ever experienced a difficult break-up. The whole song has an “epic” feel about it, with soaring guitars and brilliant backing vocals, it’s a highlight of the album. WHY BOTHER This is probably my favourite song on the album; it’s one of the tracks that’s closest to the cheery Weezer you’ve come to expect. It typically hides the hurt and pain of the lyrics underneath a cracking pop tune – the lyrics are how he isn’t bothering with love anymore because they always end
, and he plans to avoid that pain. It begins with a super bass part before the guitar joins in and catapults the song into a spiky riff that will have your foot tapping, the key to the song is the way it moves between the sharp riff of the chorus and the more driven riff of the verse. It has the trademark Weezer layered lyrics, it’s fast, its throwaway, its short, brings a smile to your face, it approaches being the perfect song. ACROSS THE SEA Beginning with a much more quiet piano intro, before moving into a simple driven riff that gradually gets hard and faster, this is a song about needing someone that’s far away, and wishing they could be closer. It’s quiet and pensive, but it doesn’t really gel together – the backing vocals are a little over complicated and it while the guitar work is pleasant, it lacks a certain something, and the whole song doesn’t really move between different phases as well as it could have done. There are too many changes of pace and tone for it to be completely effective. THE GOOD LIFE The bass is a lot more pronounced in this song, it has almost has a little stop-start ska type of feel to it. It’s the type of song that takes a few listens to get used to, and it isn’t until about a minute in, when the whole song comes together with a super little riff, great vocals and a nifty solo that you feel the whole song begins to work. The next time it returns to the riff, there is a bit of aggression and swagger about it, and it works better the second time round. Before the end, the whole thing slows right down to crawling place, before building up to a final crescendo. Again, it’s one of the weaker songs on the album; it suffers from having too many changes of pace and style in the same song to come together in a satisfactory fashion. EL SCORCHO This song has a really odd feel to it – it begins with a quirky picked guitar and bass line, with some
weird noises coming from the whole vocals. The song is laid back and smooth, it would put you in mind of the Fun Lovin Criminals to a certain extent. It has the added bonus of name checking Green Day in the lyrics. The song is probably the most openly weird that Weezer have ever done – it’s very hard to describe accurately what’s going on – it is laid back and lazy, before a slightly edgier riff takes over, until the song completely ignites before falling to sleep again. It’s the most difficult song to get into on the album, I hated it the first time I heard it, but a few listens and you’ll start to appreciate it, the move between the styles is pretty nifty, and it fades out with some wonderful layered vocals. PINK TRIANGLE One of the funniest tracks on the album, this song is also known as “The Lesbian Song”. It has lyrics that are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face – he meets this girl, thinks he’s the one, only to find out that she’s a lesbian! “We were as good as married in my head, but married in my heads no good”. It has one of the loveliest sounds on the album, the guitar is rich and varied, a steady riff with a neat picked part layered over the top, it isn’t fast, but it isn’t slow either, the pace is just right for the tone of the song. The lyrics are catchy and great for singing along to, there’s a brilliant part near the end, where the whole song slows down and it’s just the guitar and vocals, before crashing back to it’s normal speed, gathering pace towards a frenetic end. FALLING FOR YOU Opening with an almost lullaby like picked guitar, before the distorted riff kicks in, a little more aggressive than usual with neat kicks of feedback along the way. The chorus is meaty and full, a fuzzy riff and heavy bassline, with the backing vocals adding to the lead to give a real full sound. If any criticism could be made, it
would be that the verse lacks a little pace, it seems a little lost until the chorus kicks in. The song comes to a neat end, a brilliant instrumental verse that Weezer have a knack of pulling off, with a solo instead of vocals, before implementing a super little key change to bring the song to a better end than the start. BUTTERFLY A lovely, tender acoustic closing to the album. It’s an absolutely beautiful, almost forlorn song, full of guilt and apology. Part of the beauty comes from the simplicity of it all, stripped down to just the vocals and guitar, both soft and gentle. It’s perfect for closing your eyes to and reflecting over, it draws the album to a delightful close. If you gave it a go, and don’t let first impressions put you off, you’ll be rewarded with a super album, it’s the type of album that has plenty going on, so you’ll notice something new each time you listen to it. Like I said, it’s a different type of album to their other two releases, and this is the Weezer album you’re more likely to turn to if you’re feeling down. If you’re a new fan, you’re probably best checking out the self-titled debut, or the Green Album first of all, and then getting into this after that, but if you liked either of those, you should be able to get into this no problem. If you like a bit of Ash, or good guitar music, you’d be well advised to check this out.
Weezer's second album was overlooked by the British public, perhaps too caught up in the passing media crush over Britpop and Oasis vs. Blur. It's their loss. A band's reputation does not survive the tests of time on one album alone. There needs to be a second offering to the public altar, where it will be deemed worthy of treasuring or sacrifice. Weezer's reputation has grown steadily over the past 5 years, despite the fact that they have not released any new material since 1996, and this can be attributed mostly to the sheer quality of their second offering. It is the kind of album that you did not see provocatively advertised all over posters and billboards in record shops upon its release. Its popularity has grown through people listening to it and recommending it to their friends, who in turn recommend it to theirs. I recommend it to you.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
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