Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Weezer: S/T (The Green Album) (2001)- Rating: 6.0 out of 10
Weezer realeased one of the best albums of the 90's (Pinkerton), and then went on a 7 year hiatus from recording. In 2001 Weezer put themselves back into the spotlight and solidified themselves as a mainstay in pop music. The curiously self titled album which adopted the name "Green Album", much in the style of their debut LP(The Blue Album) right down to the cover art was an obvious message that Weezer meant to return to "form".
While their first album was an enormous success, their second LP Pinkerton was a rather unbelievable flop. To this day, frontman, Rivers Cuomo denounces the album despite that fact that it is now a cult classic, and is more than likely the reason why they have so many fans. But I digress. In any case it seems as if they wanted to get back to basics and be more catchy and less "wierd"-as if Rivers could help it.
The result is a commercial success, but an ultimately flawed album.
Track after track while listening to the Green Album Weezer have seemingly lost their flare. Gone are the fits of rage, and the occasional off-key catharsis by Cuomo, gone is the oddball, yet charming creativity. Just 10 acceptable pop tracks. No drive to the album, no focus. Just some snappy tunes.
Their follow up to this was Maladroit in 2002, and it was a step up, and a step in the right direction. However, I am still waiting for Weezer to recapture the life that they so effortlessly poured into Pinkerton, oh so many years ago. I say it's time Rivers "Got back to the good life".