Weezer
Weezer


4.0
excellent

Review

by yidnarc USER (18 Reviews)
August 23rd, 2012 | 35 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album will not ever make you feel like you are blue

The best part of loving a band for a long time is being able to see all the band's done to progress and become the band they are today. And one of the best offenders of this stereotype is Weezer, with their early outputs being much different than their newer, brighter stuff. This album is pure pop-punk, nothing more nothing less, but it sure is a fun ride. Rivers Cuomo is full wonder, singing his heart out with wild abandon, much sweeter to hear than his later, forgive me for saying it, stupid, counterpart. This is immediately evidenced by the opening song My Name is Jonas. He shouts his heart out about a girl that's dumped him and this is a very very common theme among the album. He sings with such a vindictive fury and rage that its hard to not take him completely seriously. The song has almost a punk vibe with him shouting "yeah yeah yeah" at the top of his lungs over and over.

From here the album settles into a more poppunk style starting with No One Else. This is a great track, especially considering the dumb title, you might think the song would suck, but its actually one of the best on here. The harmony to go along with the vocal melody is simply brilliant, and is actually way better than the regular melody, which is a rare feat, so congrats to Rivers for that one. The next track The World Has Turned and Left Me Here is more of the same but its also a fun poppy track with a bit of a punk edge. But he mixes things up on Buddy Holly which is almost a power pop ballad until the end where it gets bigger and bigger until fizzling out like a brilliant firework in the sky. This would be a good time to talk about the band, on this outing they play pretty simple pop-punk rhythms concerning the drums and bass. The guitar is pretty simple too and it would lead you to believe that the album is simple but Rivers Cuomo really saves it from becoming too simple for its own good.

After that we get a couple business as usual tracks before we're greeted by the grand magnum opus of the album, Say It Ain't So. This song is basically Pinkerton esque (for all you later fans) except years ahead of it's time. It's a cool but very downbeat song and that's fine to have downbeat songs, as long as it's one like here, and not all of them. And the downer mood works because the track right immediately after this one is In the Garage, a fan favorite of mine and others', which infamously contains lyrics directed at KISS and DnD. If only KISS wrote a retort to this very song. This is probably one of my favorite songs on the album just because of it's catchy bridge and snarky as hell lyrics. Overall it's a pretty decent album elevated by some of the best pop-punk songs I've heard in a long time, and it's just a really fun adventure.



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yidnarc
August 22nd 2012


147 Comments


not my favorite but a pop punk rock classic

Oceanus
August 22nd 2012


877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

elevated by some of the best pop-punk songs I've heard in a long time

I don't hear any pop-punk on this album.

yidnarc
August 22nd 2012


147 Comments


really?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2012


19959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ya Weezers alternative rock not pop punk.

Digging: The Smith Street Band - Throw Me In The River

yidnarc
August 22nd 2012


147 Comments


oh...

sixdegrees
August 22nd 2012


17225 Comments


lmao

Digging: Swinging Popsicle - Fennec!

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2012


50695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

They have similar aesthetics to pop punk and they got some emo on pinkerton but I just call em alt rock

Digging: The Smith Street Band - Throw Me in the River

yidnarc
August 22nd 2012


147 Comments


i thought they sounded very pop punkish

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2012


50695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Well that style wasn't prevalent at the time so

LifeAsAChipmunk
August 22nd 2012


4854 Comments


Never listened to this band.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2012


50695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

do ya live under a rock

LifeAsAChipmunk
August 22nd 2012


4854 Comments


When it comes to music, pretty much. Was this not already established?

Calc
August 22nd 2012


12255 Comments


^i feel ya

Pentagon
August 22nd 2012


1998 Comments


get on it then

LifeAsAChipmunk
August 22nd 2012


4854 Comments


I like how this album came like right before Pokemon Blue.

yidnarc
August 22nd 2012


147 Comments


pokemon red and blue are good

so is gold and silver

LifeAsAChipmunk
August 22nd 2012


4854 Comments


I've got the magic in me, everybody wants a breath of magic magic magic, magic magic magic a-whooo.

cagedbutterfly
August 22nd 2012


226 Comments


i thought Weezer was pop rock as well. with some alt. attributes. but i guess it's the other way around.

toxin.
August 22nd 2012


12679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

its/it's

Always considered them to be Alt. Rock

yidnarc
August 23rd 2012


147 Comments


i guess they are alt rock then

ill change it

sorry



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