Weezer
The Green Album


2.5
average

Review

by Hudson Echo USER (14 Reviews)
October 19th, 2012 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The expectations were high...

In 1994, Weezer was launched into popularity with the release of their self-titled debut album. It featured the excellent singles, Buddy Holly, Undone-The Sweater Song, and Say It Ain't So. The record was very well received and is hailed as one of the greatest albums of the '90s. Two years later, Weezer released their follow up album, Pinkerton, which was a commercial failure (even though now it is very popular). Critics had bashed the album when it was released, but now, like their debut album, is thought to be one of the greatest albums of the '90s.

After Pinkerton, Weezer went on hiatus for about three years. They reformed in 2000, and their much-awaited third album, also self titled (but nick-named The Green Album because of the color of the cover) was released. The intelligence and charm of their first two released was gone. The magic had left. What remained was commercial rock music. Music for the masses. The first single, Hash Pipe, had a catchy, repetitive guitar riff, and was very popular. It is definitely a downgrade to the excellent '90's singles Buddy Holly, Pink Triangle, Say It Ain't So, El Scorcho, The Good Life, and Undone-The Sweater Song. These are all some of my favorite Weezer song. But Hash Pipe doesn't sound anything like Weezer. Listen to the wonderful innocence of Buddy Holly in a world ridden with dark grunge and metal music, and then listen to Hash Pipe. What happened? Where are the funny lyrics, and light-hearted hooks?

You would think, oh, there's Island In The Sun for that. That sounds like something that could be on Pinkerton! And the answer is no, it really doesn't. Once again, this is a single made for the mainstream. And what's up with that ridiculously boring part, "We'll run away together"? The rest of the song is at least catchy, but that part of the song has absolutely no substance and makes me want to crawl in my bed and sleep for years. The simplicity of the song had surprised me so much when I had first heard it. I remember distinctly thinking when it was over, "that's it?" I thought that there would be a deeper meaning to the simple tune, or maybe I thought it would evolve into a more complex jam, but it remained the very poppy, boring song that it was.

Another very popular song on the album is Photograph. I imagine this song could have been by any other modern rock band. It sounds like something that would play in a bad romantic comedy. This is definitely not the Weezer I know. This is the 21st century Weezer. I can see why this was so popular, though. I understand that the catchiness of this song appealed to the people of 2001. But the brilliant lyrics of past Weezer tunes was completely gone.

When I had first discovered Weezer, I started from their first album. My mind was blown when I heard The Blue Album. I loved it so much. I could have listened to Buddy Holly for years, and Say It Ain't So is just brilliant. Then I heard Pinkerton, and I loved it equally. Pink Triangle was so joyful and so dark, and El Scorcho was just so much fun. I had such high expectations when I had first tuned into The Green Album. This is how I imagine everyone felt when this album dropped. I was definitely not satisfied. It was just like any other modern rock band. The excellence of the 20th century Weezer was completely gone by Raditude (you can tell just by the freaking name of the album). This really was a disappointment to me. At it's heart it's just another average album by another (now-)average rock band.



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ViperAces
October 19th 2012


12430 Comments


Why Bother?

ThroneOfAgony
October 19th 2012


3485 Comments


i like crap

Musicface42
October 19th 2012


64 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^^I see what you did there.

Ponton
Emeritus
October 19th 2012


5793 Comments


albums actually real good

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2012


16023 Comments


10 reviews means it must be good

Digging: iamthemorning - Belighted

Musicface42
October 19th 2012


64 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not necessarily...one of Nickelback's albums has 8 reviews.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2012


16023 Comments


thats my point

Musicface42
October 19th 2012


64 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

...................?


KILL
October 19th 2012


71759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

Musicface42
October 19th 2012


64 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

-__- so confused

ViperAces
October 19th 2012


12430 Comments


"10 reviews means it must be good" #sarcastic

cagedbutterfly
October 19th 2012


226 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Every band's gotsta change.

toxin.
October 20th 2012


12418 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I can't help but to agree with Island in the Sun's "We'll run away together." I quite enjoy Island in the Sun, but Rivers sings that with too much monotony.

Musicface42
October 20th 2012


64 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^^True. Some bands change for the better. Radiohead has been cranking out good music for nearly 20 years and changing themselves with every album. But this is a change for the worse.



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