Weezer
Weezer


5.0
classic

Review

by protestthesky USER (3 Reviews)
November 26th, 2010 | 33 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A truly classic rock album that perfectly embodies the sound and feel of the 90s alternative rock scene

When you think of 90s alternative rock, what band comes to mind? Nirvana? Smashing Pumpkins? Soundgarden? Pearl Jam? Red Hot Chili Peppers? The Offspring? While those are great bands, no band exemplifies 90s alt rock better than Weezer. Now yes I am talking about the same band that released the MTV hit "Beverly Hills" and made that crappy album with the somewhat humorous picture of a dog jumping over a couch. However, pretend that is a completely different band. Sound wise, 90s Weezer might as well have been a different band. They only released two full albums in this time period (Blue and Pinkerton) and I'm sure any fan would say those are their best work. Take a moment to forget all the other albums and realize how great of a band Weezer really is (or, um, was.)

Rivers Cuomo is an amazing songwriter. Even with the new stuff, you can't deny it is catchy as hell. Cuomo has a true gift when it comes to writing. However on this album, the songs are catchy and GOOD. Very good. Opener "My Name Is Jonas" is a wonderfully catchy song with one of my favorite riffs ever. The guitars play off of each other beautifully, and the drums keep a very good beat throughout. The musicianship on the entire album is great. Very tight. Even though this is just a debut album, the band sounds like they have been playing together for years. The guitars have a great tone, and while the songs are relatively simple to play, the guitarists do a wonderful job of making solid, catchy riffs. "Buddy Holly" is considered a classic alt rock song, and that's because the riff could be stuck in your head for days, and the solo is beautifully simplistic. Rivers can play guitar pretty well though, and has some nice solos, my favorite one being in "Say It Ain't So". The solo isn't very complicated, but you can tell he put a lot of emotion into it.

In the end that's what makes this album so great. Emotion. The lyrics may not make much sense upon first listen, but you can tell Rivers poured his heart and soul into them. "My Name Is Jonas" is a great example, presumably about the hardships of growing up and moving on with life. "Say It Ain't So" is a great song about his alcoholic, abusive father. The lyrics may seem silly ("flip on the telly, wrestle with jimmy") but again they seem to have a meaning behind them. Alt rock is also known for being a little geeky, and Weezer are the biggest geeks out there. "In The Garage" is about sitting alone in your garage playing guitar and Dungeons and Dragons, nobody around to make fun of your "unique" ways. I'm somewhat of a geek myself, and I find that part of Weezer to be hilariously relatable. Weezer tell the truth in their lyrics, they don't try to use any fancy poetry, but they don't ramble on about relationships either. Not in the traditional sense anyway.

The topic of relationships brings on my next point, "Only In Dreams." This album closer is one of my favorite songs of all time, and is considered by many, including myself, to be the band's best song. The lyrics concern dreaming about that special girl, holding her hand, but hen waking up all alone. You realize it can only happen in dreams. Very sad but relatable song. The music in this album is perfect. As before never too complicated, but the instrumental setup is perfect. My favorite bass line ever, perfectly timed drumming, and guitar playing that is beautiful and quiet but becomes loud and distorted at just the right moments. The ending one minute-or-so jam session is one of my favorite moments in music ever.

In short, I would call this perfect. Songs like "My Name Is Jonas", "Buddy Holly", "Say It Ain't So" and "Only In Dreams" are some of the best alterantive rocks ever made. On this album Rivers writes, plays and sings from the heart, they have a great bassist in Matt Sharp, and Jason Cropper didn't forget how to play drums yet. This album is alternative rock at its finest, and I don't think anyone could call themselves a music fan without this album in their collection.


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protestthesky
November 27th 2010


11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Somehow I feel this review isn't very good...

constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated, but insults would not

Still only my second review

ShadowRemains
November 27th 2010


25134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wait for your first review to be off the front page

RiversCuomo
November 27th 2010


439 Comments


its not that big of a deal.


This album isnt as good as Pinkerton.

Nor is this review

protestthesky
November 27th 2010


11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh okay sorry about that. Still new here

ShadowRemains
November 27th 2010


25134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

don't capitalize whole words to add emphasis

DustinWindex
November 27th 2010


31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The thing that irks me is that Nirvana and Pearl Jam are not exactly alt rock.



A few grammatical errors like this:



"hey only released two full albums in this time period (Blue and Pinkerton) and I'm sure any fan would say those are their best work."



work should be works.



You do a good job in using songs to convey your ideas, but I feel like you could have further described your examples. Like in your third paragraph you bring up emotion making the album so great, but don't really go into get detail why songs like "My Name is Jonas" and "Say it It Ain't So" are such emotional tracks. You kind of just scratch the surface and move on.



Overall, a good review that's just lacking a few small things. I'm new to this myself, so I'll be learning right with ya. Gave it a pos.



protestthesky
November 27th 2010


11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

True Nirvana and Pearl Jam are Grunge I know, but they're still some of the first bands people think of when someone says "90s rock".



And I know what you mean. I need a lot more work, but thanks for the help man.

heyadam
November 27th 2010


3108 Comments


Pretty solid review. Although I would probably consider 3EB self-titled the voice of 90s rock myself, I do love this album!

Bfhurricane
November 27th 2010


6233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos'd, good review. Only In Dreams has to be one of the best closing songs ever. This is topped only by Pinkerton imo.

protestthesky
November 27th 2010


11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I agree with you guys, as good as this album is, Pinkerton is better

couldwinarabbit
November 27th 2010


6996 Comments


"The thing that irks me is that Nirvana and Pearl Jam are not exactly alt rock." genre whores are the worst kind of people. Nothing rock with calling a grunge album alt rock.

alright review. Amazing album.


DustinWindex
November 27th 2010


31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"genre whores are the worst kind of people. Nothing rock with calling a grunge album alt rock."



Correcting someone makes me a genre whore? He asked for criticism and that's what I provided. Would telling him about a grammatical error instantly make me a grammar nazi too?



couldwinarabbit
November 27th 2010


6996 Comments


ya but you are criticising a nonissue

AliW1993
November 27th 2010


7511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excellent review. Brilliant album.

LepreCon
November 27th 2010


5470 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I actually prefer this to Pinkerton but whatever, great review

Jemidu06
November 27th 2010


115 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

just a suggestion, don't add things like "this is my favorite track", or "I'm a geek myself" liberally. you want to personalize the review somewhat, since it is your experience with the album, but at the same time you have to walk the line between good review and good diary entry if that makes sense. of course im not a brilliant writer myself, but just a tip. still, good review, this is classic music

Terrifyer
November 27th 2010


3403 Comments


never listened to the whole album m/

Schizophrenik
November 28th 2010


848 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the solo at the end of only in dreams is the greatest accomplishment of mankind. this is fact and can not be disputed.

xfearbefore
November 28th 2010


1878 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is better than Pinkerton, and always has been. Not that Pinkerton isn't magnificent. Both are 5's.

Digging: Skycamefalling - To Forever Embrace The Sun

omgbecky
November 28th 2010


499 Comments


Damn, just read the track list. I should have gotten this album instead of Pinkerton. Ugh



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