I realised that the only post Pinkerton Weezer album I’ve heard in full is Hurley so with the constant debates we have on here, I’m going to listen to each album and do a little track by track review. Doing it in a new thread so as to not disrupt the other Weezer thread. Also I;m no critic so excuse the lack of insight. I also know this isn’t original or of interest but oh well
Here goes starting with Green
Don’t Let Go. Rivers sounds a bit bored, and considering the last album started with Tired of Sex, it’s a bit pedestrian. Not a bad song but very plain, and lyrically it’s simplistic as anything.
Photograph. This is more like it. The backing harmonies mix well with the lead (although Rivers still sounds a bit…well , bored). Nice solid guitar throughout, it’s a step up, if still lacking something
Hash Pipe- I really love this track. The vocals are unlike what he’s done before, the lyrics are a throwback to older Weezer, and it;s just a bit of a banger all round. Great video too, still dunno how Brian does that leg pose thing
Island in the Sun. Not sure what the consensus is on this, but everyone knows it. THe hip hip bit is annoying but I think it’s quite a lovely song and does what it sets out to do just fine
Crab - now we’re getting to the songs I’ve not heard. Don’t really need to hear Rivers singing the word ‘knickers’ . This is a bit crap really. Just goes nowhere, and it’s altogether a bit pointless
Knock-down Drag-out - apparently influenced a lot by Green Day which doesn’t really come through. It suffers the same as half this album so far. Repetitive, bit simple and not altogether interesting. It’s nothing offensive or awful, it’s just there.
Smile. Starts off like God Gave Rock And Roll To You gone wrong but it’s alright this song. Seems to have a bit of heart and something to it, and it’s better for it. Think it would’ve worked better as a slower or a more introspective song but out of the non singles, it’s probably the best so far
Simple Pages. argh, the fast singing style is a bit of a harbinger. ‘give me some love sugar’. The chorus is really jarring here, doesn’t fit at all. It’s definitely going for the anthem, but it all honesty, its rubbish. THe backing music to this album is very similar throughout
Glorious Day - starts off promisingly but it drags and this album feels a hell of a lot longer than the 30 minutes it is. Again, this is alright, quite a catchy refrain but there’s not really which makes me want to go back and listen to it again
O Girlfriend - it does make a difference when Rivers has some feeling, beause his voice in this elevates the song but as an album closer, it’s a bit of an odd choice. it’s not really the triumphant ending to what should’ve been a triumphant return
Green overall. it’s alright. BEst songs are easily the singles. The rest of the album is just there. Very samey. It seems the reaction to Pinkerton made them want to play it safe, and the album suffers for it I think. Overall it’s a 6/10. I would have named it Beige