Weezer
The Green Album


3.0
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Review

by MrZuckerberg USER (2 Reviews)
December 1st, 2010 | 22 replies | 2,218 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After bearing his heart in Pinkerton, who would have thought Rivers would sound so...cold?

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Poor Rivers Cuomo. After Pinkerton was unfairly overlooked upon its initial release (with Rolling Stone readers naming it the second worst album of 1996, no less!), the ever reclusive Mr. Cuomo slunk deeper into the depths of obscurity with the future of Weezer uncertain. Could it have been the ultra transparent lyrics? The massive change in sound from Weezer (The Blue Album)? Whatever the reason, Rivers felt as though he failed, going as far as disowning the album in many interviews. What was next for Weezer? The answer for anxious fans came in 2001 with the release of Weezer (The Green Album).

From the first song, I noticed two things that would continue to be the prevalent theme throughout the running time of the album: simplicity and carelessness. Not that Rivers didn't care about the music on the album; any one of these songs could have easily been a single. But as I was listening to "Don't Let Go", I felt as though Weezer wasn't TRYING. Rivers casually sings his way through the song as though he was bored, the guitar parts were very simplistic (especially the "solo", which was basically just the melody of the song), and before you knew it the song was over. What happened to the enthusiastic "OH!"s of "Tired of Sex"? The voice cracking of "El Scorcho" ("But that's just a stupid dream that I won't realize")? What happened to...the overall raw sound of Pinkterton? Hell, Green makes Blue sound underproduced! After the release of Pinkerton, Weezer fans were expecting another step in that general direction, but what was given was the exact opposite. The initial reviews of Pinkerton seemingly scared Rivers away, so instead of raw emotion and lyrical transparency, we now have calculated, cleaned up production, uncreative lyrics and a seemingly lazy Weezer.

With my feelings of the album as a whole aside, there are a couple gems to be found here. "Hash Pipe" is the sore thumb in this whole album, and I mean that in the best way possible; crunching guitars, a very...interesting vocal by Rivers and easily the rawest, hard rock-ish song in Green. "Island in the Sun" is a classic. "Knock Down Drag Out", though formulaic, is one of the catchier songs on the album. Everything else is just OK; nothing special, but nothing horrible either.

In conclusion, Green started what we know today as "modern Weezer"; very radio friendly, aging and safe. With the release of Hurley, however, it seems that Weezer is taking a step in the right direction. Lets hope a true return to form is in store for the next album because, at least in my mind, I'm more than willing to leave this album as a distant memory.


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BigHans
December 1st 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is better than Pinkerton. Photograph and Simple Pages are two of the best songs Rivers ever wrote, and there really arent too many weaknesses overall with this. I'll never understand why it gets so much hate.

BigHans
December 1st 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pinkerton is massively overrated. It was panned when it came out for good reason. While I think its good at times, its nowhere the classic people say it is because it somehow gained cult status over the years.

Green album is a great pop punk record, pure and simple. Well executed, catchy as fuck, and their last great album before Rivers decided to release an absolute avalanche of shit starting with Maladroit.

BigHans
December 1st 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just saw them live two weeks ago boo-yah

BigHans
December 1st 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

amazingly. It was without Jani Lane sadly.

fr33convict
December 1st 2010



11678 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Did you ever tell Jimi Hendrix to get off your lawn, Hans?

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2010



7237 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, pos'd. I pretty much agree.

BigHans
December 1st 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Did you ever tell Jimi Hendrix to get off your lawn, Hans?


^ no but Id definitey tell Maladroit - Hurley era Rivers Cuomo to.

fr33convict
December 1st 2010



11678 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Try to talk less in first person and try to describe the overall sound better of the album. Good review for a first though

DGTLPRTY
December 1st 2010



466 Comments


i prefer this over pinkerton

BigHans
December 1st 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i prefer this over pinkerton


^ Hey theres 2 of us!

DGTLPRTY
December 1st 2010



466 Comments


yeah i found pinkerton boring at times

BigHans
December 1st 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah Pinkerton is a 3.5 for me, meaing I think its good but nowhere near as good as people think it is, and its blasphemy to think its even close to the Blue album.

WatchItExplode
December 1st 2010



3072 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

epitome of a 3

Crymsonblaze
December 1st 2010



7315 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love Simple Pages.

DGTLPRTY
December 1st 2010



466 Comments


yeah blue album is boss
and say it ain't so is so fun to play on guitar

DGTLPRTY
December 1st 2010



466 Comments


yeah blue album is boss
and say it ain't so is so fun to play on guitar

Drsmith4
December 1st 2010



1697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good first review.

Schizophrenik
December 1st 2010



806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"i prefer this over pinkerton"

you're all going to hell

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2010



7762 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hash Pipe rules, but so much of this album is boooooooooooring

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bloc
December 1st 2010



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I always thought this was one of their better albums

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