Weezer - Pinkerton (Cover Artwork)


Weezer: PinkertonPinkerton (1996)
Universal Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: TheEvilMonkeyEvilMonkey
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A not so recent album gets a oh so decent review here. However, I'll go beyond decent, and do you one better. This is album is possibly one of the best albums I have EVER owned. I don't remember all my albums, mind you, and my tastes change extremely rapidly. But this one does not come out of my cd .
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A not so recent album gets a oh so decent review here. However, I'll go beyond decent, and do you one better. This is album is possibly one of the best albums I have EVER owned. I don't remember all my albums, mind you, and my tastes change extremely rapidly. But this one does not come out of my cd player for months, and when it does, it only takes a couple days for me to put this bad ass back in.

This is Weezer at it's finest, and the simple explanation for why is that it is the most raw emotion I have ever heard packed into one album. Weezer does it for 10 straight tracks, making every one amazing. This CD deserves every star, and I'm going to even go ahead and give each of the ten songs one point. I hope you can add, because if you were blind and you couldn't add, you wouldn't know the perfect score I gave this album.

Track 1, Tired of Having Sex, is an amazing track. There is a ton of emotion in this, and one of the high points on this cd is hearing the harmony on the one line where Rivers sings "Oh, why can't I be making love come true", and especially at the end of the song, where they play at an ending and go ahead with another short little riff. One of the best things about this song is the guitar solos after the chorus. They are just really awesome guitar parts. Anyways, next we come to track 2, Getchoo. Actually one of the more generic songs, it is still a great listen.

Tracks 3 and 4, No Other One and Why Bother are also a bit generic, but for some reason they really come into their own at the ends, and No Other One features a great end where Rivers hums along with the guitar part, and in Why Bother a great variation on the chrous near the end.

I can't say enough about Across The Sea. I could go on for hours about how amazingly amazing this amazingly amazing track is. I just can't help but repeat myself. One of my favorite songs ever. Ever. Ever. I can't help but sing the second verse over and over and over again, the lyrics grab me so much. I'm going to put in a sample from the end verse too, because it also is brilliant and super catchy.

"They don't make stationary like this where I'm from, so fragile, so defined. So I smell, (so I smell), and I lick, (and I lick) your envelope and fall to little pieces every time, I wonder what clothes you wear to school, I wonder how you decorate your room, I wonder how you touch myself and curse myself for being across the sea."

"God damn, this business is really lame, I've got to live on an island to find the juice, so you send, (so you send), your love, from all around the world, as if I could live on words and dreams and a million screams of how I need a hand in mine to feel."

Amazing. There really shouldn't be so many great lyrics in one song. It's just not right. There shouldn't possibly be this good and this emotional a song. It's catchy too, although it's kinda hard to sing with Rivers voice. It's unique, alright.

By the way, does anyone notice the part in Across The Sea, where Rivers and whoever the guy is that does the harmony sing that part that goes "So I smell and I lick your envelope and fall to little pieces." There is one harmony there,at fall to little pieces, that just strikes me, and I love that part. It is just an extremely well done harmony.

Now that I've spent my whole life talking about that amazing track, which I really am tempted to keep talking about, I'll talk about the rest of the cd. So on to "The Good Life". This song is crazy, and "school is crap I've had it" is delivered in such a cool way that it gets imprinted in my head for days. Pretend screaming the "I've Had It" part is a fun thing to do when listening to this song. It's a fun song, that really gets to you when it slows down and starts getting a bit more serious. A great track, and it is followed by another favorite.

El Scorcho is the song I share with one of the coolest girls I have ever known. It is our song, and deservedly so, because it is a f*cking awesome song. The originality is so packed in there that the song threatens to explode. I can't say enough about this track, it is so original it is hard to explain. One of the other best tracks on this album by far.

And then we get to the other best track. I love this song. It's fun and catchy, and is something we can all relate to. Okay, no, but "Pink Triangle" is a song that can sometimes almost make me wish I'd had that experience. It's so ironic, it's almost funny. I can't explain why, but this is a song that is great to hum along and the end really picks up and gets powerful, and you really feel the emotion of an otherwise not taking itself too seriously song. Although it is very emotional, the chorus almost trys to be funny while still getting across a very heartbreaking story.

Track 9, Falling For You, is pretty plain, although I think the versus are amazing. I just love "Holy Cow, I Think I've Got One Here". When's the last time you've heard "holy moly/cow" in the same song. It feels so damned good to hear for some odd reason.

And then we get to the different. And it definitely is not the same as the rest of the album. I read a review on this site earlier of this album, and it gave "Butterfly" a perfect description. A raw, emotional acoustic song that chokes me up inside occasionally. It's just sad, and sad songs are just kinda sad, if you know what I mean. I can't explain why it gets to me, but I think it has something to do with the part about the "butterfly" withered all away. Great closer, that ends with a really, really soft bang.

In closing, two words, repeated five times, which makes ten words plus five periods.

Amazing Album.
Amazing Album.
Amazing Album.
Amazing Album.
Amazing Album.

If you don't have it, and you're into Weezer, or the "Weezer" genre, because Weezer is something all it's own, BUY IT. NOW. I'M NOT KIDDING. IF I HAVEN'T HEARD FROM YOU, I'M GONNA ASSUME YOU DIDN'T BUY IT. I'LL FIND YOU. AND THEN I'LL... I'LL...

Give you the money so you can go buy it yourself and see what a good album it is. Ha, no, I'd probably just burn it for you. I'm not spending money on you. You thought I'd spend money on you? What's the matter with you?


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greenerton (August 22, 2005)

What is with people posting reviews of albums when they don't even know half the lyrics? Honestly, get the lyrics right, and the BAND MEMBERS right. The incredible backing vocals are mostly done by Matt Sharp, Weezer's bassist for their first two albums.

Anyway, one of my favorite anthems. Falling For You fucking rules.

HueBarn (July 24, 2004)

This is by far Weezer's greatest album. I'd highly recommend buying the album, satisfaction guaranteed.

- Hue

Anonymous (December 15, 2002)

This is weezers best
the part in across the see were Rivers is like "god damn, this busness is really lame" That is my favorit part of any song ever

Anonymous (September 20, 2002)

Hey Curb, Rivers manages the band and writes all the songs. He made the band, he's entitled to that kind of money. Besides, they're all well off anyway.

bostonmusicguy (September 20, 2002)


Anonymous (September 20, 2002)

since when did since not have an n?

Anonymous (September 19, 2002)

sice when was weezer punk?

Anonymous (September 19, 2002)

probably more like 3/4

latenightdrinker (September 19, 2002)

I guess thats what happens when you make up 2/3rd's of a band.

carb (September 18, 2002)

There's something of arrogance in the new albums (Green & Maladroit, especially Maladroit) ... a lack of song-writing effort yet monster sales. Bleh.

On another note, I heard in an interview with a Weezer band member (couldn't catch which) who said that Rivers demands 2/3 of all their income ... man, what a dick.

mynmsmike (September 18, 2002)

"By the way, does anyone notice the part in Across The Sea, where Rivers and whoever the guy is that does the harmony sing that part that goes "So I smell and I lick your envelope and fall to little pieces." That's Matt Sharp, the bass for Blue and Pinkerton. He did all of the high notes and he kicked ass. He left after this album and then Weezer's stuff really changed. Too bad, I love the orignial weezer.

waste_elite (September 17, 2002)

"I don't think many people gave it enough listens to truly appreciate it"

well, that may be true as i listened to it a grand total of one time

Anonymous (September 17, 2002)

These guys have become a joke, but I guess before they were an ok band, nothing I really liked, but just my opinion. But now they are just pathetic.

evildeadalive (September 17, 2002)

I actually think the new album is pretty damn good. I don't think many people gave it enough listens to truly appreciate it. ...and I'm speaking to fans of Weezer, not people who think they suck anyway.

waste_elite (September 16, 2002)

this is the only good weezer album. good by their standards anyway. the new album is so fucking bad it hurts.

Anonymous (September 16, 2002)

that was an awful review. it's a good album, but this reviewer writes like he's half drunk talking to his dog.

tgarn (September 16, 2002)

If you ask Rivers Cuomo about this album he'll say he hates it. This is weezers best album and most original. More bands are influenced by this album and weezer in general than most people think.

Anonymous (September 16, 2002)

Alright fan boy, spare us the length of the review next time. Get back to us in two years and see if you'll still be listening


Anonymous (September 16, 2002)

This album is garbage. The Blue album is the only thing Weezer ever did worth a crap. And the only reason Weezer's career was reborn was because of all those damn emo bands (Get Up Kids..I'm looking in your direction) started going on and on about how much they loved Pinkerton. Bleh.


Anonymous (September 16, 2002)

Think again dipshit. Some people refuse to suck Weezer's cock and tell their opnion. Just like when almost every single mainstream mag trashed this album. Pinkerton was good but losers like yourself can't handle it when someone else says it's not the greatest. Just like Rivers Cuomo....

Anonymous (September 16, 2002)

Why do I get the feeling that the last 6 comments where made by the same person? Loser.

Anonymous (September 16, 2002)

Not anything special.

Anonymous (September 16, 2002)

There were some good songs on this cd but people blow this one out of proportion. The only Weezer disc you need is the blue album

Anonymous (September 15, 2002)

This album is way over rated. Darlington writes better pop songs, so does my mom.

Anonymous (September 15, 2002)

im proud to be the first to say weezer must have given satan a blowjob to become so popular... because they suck of course...

Anonymous (September 15, 2002)

This CD is good but it's very overrated.

Anonymous (September 14, 2002)

im proud to be the first to say weezer is not punk..im sure this will turn into a riot....

Anonymous (September 14, 2002)

Shit review, great album.


Anonymous (September 14, 2002)

Falling for YOu is not plain
please take that back
second best song to across the sea on the cd.

ambiotical_sophisticrat (September 14, 2002)

i wish they would make another one of these

Josip (September 14, 2002)

absolutely fantastic album, one of my all-time-favs, but there's a mistake in the review, rivers says: "Screw this crap, I've had it! I ain't no Mr. Cool
" and noch "school is crap", the good life is my favorite song ;-)

Anonymous (September 14, 2002)

Rivers likes to party with pre-teen asians. both guys and girls. this is a great album, but man, weezer sucks so much now.

Anonymous (September 14, 2002)

Good review, but you are so wrong about one thing. Falling For You is plain!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! No way, it's the best song on the album. The whole breakdown part is the best music written ever. EVER!

CallingLondon (September 14, 2002)

the songs werean't about young asian girls. what happened, was after the Blue Album, Weezer had loads of success in Japan. Because of this success, they toured there, and Rivers had flings with a lot of Japanese fans. Not children, probably later teens or early 20s. He'd have flings, then write about the girls in his songs for pinkerton. He's not a pedo.

tgarn (September 14, 2002)

to the guy below me; well your review of this guys review sucked too.

Anonymous (September 14, 2002)

Allright cd, but that was the worst review I have ever read. That is also the only review I have stopped reading in the middle of it because it was so horrible and boring.

Huey (September 13, 2002)

As far as I'm concerned, Pinkerton is a moving and raw epic that is up there on my list with the likes of Jawbreaker's Dear You. Pinkerton is the record that helped me through some serious depression, and even though I'm not into Weezer anymore, I still admire this record greatly, and hold it proudly in my top ten list. One of the few records I've sobbed like a little bitch to.

WussEmoRock (September 13, 2002)

Great album. El Scorcho is by far the best song, or why bother? Anyway, great album, I definetaly will pop this bad boy back into my cd player as of right now. thanks evil mokey! O yeah, new weezer is just plain horrible!! I can't believe I bought the green album


Anonymous (September 13, 2002)

quite possibly the best cd ever made, but the review doesn't do it justice. Its just someone telling people how much they love for the lamest reasons. And ohh yeah, no song on this album is generic. Your review was.

Anonymous (September 13, 2002)

Exactly what made Pinkerton so amazing. RAW EMOTION! Too bad Rivers was worried about what his "fans" wanted to hear and decided to change his song writing to be more radio friendly. They should stay with the raw emotion....fuck what the so-called "fans" want.

AstroVince (September 13, 2002)

I have no words for how great this album is.

Anonymous (September 13, 2002)

this may be a good album, but rivers is such a pedo that it ruins the album......tired of sex(with young asian girls), across the sea(About young asian girls), butterfly(cheating on his girl with a young asian girl), and the rest are all about young asians too....

Fuzzy (September 13, 2002)

This isn't to bitch and moan...but why do you post a review of an album that everybody and their mother disagrees about? Is it just to bring the tards out of the woodwork?

Anonymous (September 13, 2002)

Oh, and Falling for You was my song with the only one of my ex-girlfriends that I'm still fond of, that must count for something, right?

Anonymous (September 13, 2002)

How can you possibly not like Across the Sea? Do you just have no heart? My favorite Weezer album, and somewhere near the bottom of my top 100 albums of all time, sheer greatness.

evildeadalive (September 13, 2002)

The only song I don't really like on this cd is Across the Sea...

AtomicGarden (September 13, 2002)

This is an awesome album, deserving the 5 stars it recieves.

maverick (September 13, 2002)

I couldn't have written a better review of this album. Good work.

This is my favorite album of all time. No question.


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