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From the pounding, primal assault of the opening track, "Tired of Sex," it's clear from the outset that Pinkerton is a different record than the sunny, heavy guitar pop of Weezer's eponymous debut. The first noticeable difference is the darker, messier sound -- the guitars rage and squeal, the beats are brutal and visceral, the vocals…  See more details below


From the pounding, primal assault of the opening track, "Tired of Sex," it's clear from the outset that Pinkerton is a different record than the sunny, heavy guitar pop of Weezer's eponymous debut. The first noticeable difference is the darker, messier sound -- the guitars rage and squeal, the beats are brutal and visceral, the vocals are mixed to the front, filled with overlapping, off-the-cuff backing vocals. In short, it sounds like the work of a live band, which makes it all the more ironic that Pinkerton, at its core, is a singer/songwriter record, representing Rivers Cuomo's bid for respectability. Since he hasn't changed Weezer's blend of power pop and heavy metal (only the closing song, "Butterfly," is performed acoustically), many critics and much of the band's casual fans didn't notice Cuomo's significant growth as a songwriter. Loosely structured as a concept album based on Madame Butterfly, each song works as an individual entity, driven by powerful, melodic hooks, a self-deprecating sense of humor ("Pink Triangle" is about a crush on a lesbian), and a touching vulnerability ("Across the Sea," "Why Bother?"). Weezer can still turn out catchy, offbeat singles -- "The Good Life" has a chorus that is more memorable than "Buddy Holly," "El Scorcho" twists Pavement's junk-culture references in on itself, "Falling for You" is the most propulsive thing they've yet recorded -- but the band's endearing geekiness isn't as cutesy as before, which means the album wasn't as successful on the charts. But it's the better album, full of crunching power pop with a surprisingly strong emotional undercurrent that becomes all the more resonant with each play.

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Geffen Records

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Weezer   Primary Artist
Brian Bell   Guitar,Vocals
Patrick Wilson   Drums
Rivers Cuomo   Guitar,Vocals
Matt Sharp   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Weezer   Producer
Joe Barresi   Engineer
Jim Champagne   Engineer
Dave Fridmann   Engineer
Rob Jacobs   Engineer
Adam Kasper   Engineer
George Marino   Mastering
Clif Norrell   Engineer
Jack Joseph Puig   Engineer
Jim Rondinelli   Engineer
Billy Bowers   Engineer
Dan McLaughlin   Engineer
Greg Fidelman   Engineer
David Dominguez   Engineer
Hiroshige   Cover Art

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Pinkerton 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel that if everyone would get this album and listen to it they would all agree that this album did not get the respect it deserved. There is no songwriter out there who bears the depths of his soul like Rivers Cuomo. Music fans take note, if you want to go on a gut-wrenching ride through the hardest times in a man's life, this is the album for you. I guarantee you will identify with his struggles if a woman has ever hurt you, which has happened to every guy alive, so buy the album and enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh boy. I am having trouble finding the words to describe this album. Everything about it is just awesome, especially the lyrics. I actually didn't enjoy this album the first time I heard it, but it grows on you until you eventually have it in your c.d. player twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This is one of those albums that you can actually feel. Everytime I hear the last song it makes me want to cry, it's that beautiful. This is the albun that proves that Rivers Cuomo is one heck of a talented lyricist. I know this album is not as charming and quirky like their debut, but the differences in Pinkerton will earn your respect and make you love this band even more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best Cd I have bought this year Weezer previously did 'Blue' but i think that this is even better. Across the Sea is the best song on the Album. When you by this CD you would have pleased not have any second thoughts about its purchase
Guest More than 1 year ago
If Weezer was pop, Pinkerton is power. This is Weezer as they actually are: loud. Searing guitars, loose rythms, peaks and depths of wonderful music. This album taught me how to sing. Thank you, Weezer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great follow up to the first sefl titled weezer cd, Pinkerton is equall if not better than the blue album. Its a bit harder rock then the blue album but it is still the Weezer we know and love!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
So good. It's the most underrated album of all time, as Brandon said. Every track, track for track, is genius. Shnicklefritz, if every track on the new album was as good as the worst song on PINKERTON [what is it? hmm.... FALLING FOR YOU, but its still great], i would love it. But i dont, and thats why i miss the lyrical and musical wonders of PINKERTON. Listen to this, then listen to GREEN ALBUM. Better yet, see Weezer in concert, and start crying when they only play one PINKERTON song. Still, this album is probably not only the most underrated album of all-time, it's one of the top five of the 90s. TIRED OF SEX, WHY BOTHER, ACROSS THE SEA, the most unvague songs I've heard in a while, are also incoincidentally the best ones, too. Rivers discovered that he is an amazing songwriter, and we all shoudl appreciate him. BUY THIS RECORD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is possibly the greatest album ever released. You can listen to it straight through as many times as you want and it NEVER gets old. The lyrics are clever and witty. It's better than the blue album, and of course better than the green album because that sucks and shouldn't count as real =W= music. It's a little more angry than blue, which is a little too happy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album could just be the most under-rated album of all time. It just wasn't recieved well for some reason. This album really shows the height of the band's talent. Some of my favourite songs of all time are on this album, and I'd recommend it to anyone to try. The lyrics, the music, everything is perfect. Some noteworthy titles are ''Tired of Sex'', ''The Good Life, and ''El Scorcho'' but they're all great. Add this to your collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Man did the critics miss the boat on this one. This album is a raw, emotional, powerful masterpiece. It still sounds like Weezer, but it's a big leap over the Blue Album. You can play this album straight through over and oer again. check out ''Getchoo'' ''No Other One'' ''Why Bother?'' ''Pink Triangle'' and hell, every song. if you don't have Pinkerton BUY IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pinkerton changed all guidelines that Weezer's freshmen album set. This burst of feelings coming from the writer, Rivers, is electrifying, as well as entertaining. If you pay attention to the lyrics, it tells a story of his failures in love. This is my favorite of the (4) current albums, and i suggest it highly. This album has more mature phrases, so i suggest about 12-13 and up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Weezer is my fav band. My personal list in the #1 spot would be Pinkerton #2 Maladroit #3 Blue & last #4 Green. I think Rolling Stone can stick it. Pinkerton by far is there best work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
before i was tipped off by a friend i didn't even know this album existed.i was a fan of this band before i heard Pinkerton, and my obseesion was only further confirmed when i heard this album. Not only is the music less poppy, but the lyrics have a more rebellious care-free attitude that makes this a great album. In my opinion, the best tracks are "tired of sex" "the good life" and "el scorcho". so listen up because this is the BEST album weezer has ever released and it also goes on my top five list of freakin good albums.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pinkerton is the best weezer album. I enjoy the lyrics. Rivers did an excellent job. Very meaningful. Buy it... You will cry it's so perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This orgasmic album will leave you begging to listen to it over and over and over again. Ignore its initial inaccessibility and really try to disect the sound and lyrics. Or just focus on that great sensation the music gives you because Rivers Cuomo is such a brilliant musician. Who else would think to base a raw, screeching, edgy album off the opera Madama Butterfly? For any open-minded listener, this record will be some of the greatest music you've ever heard. No doubt within one week of first hearing it you'll be yelling down hallways the lyrics of "The Good Life," "El Scorcho," "Pink Triangle," or any other track for that matter. It took me three months in the CD player to even listen to another CD. It's that incredible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
please, for your sake, for my sake, for weezer's sake, buy this album. this album convinced me that weezer are better than the smiths. it's THAT good. i actually broke down crying when i saw pinkerton on the all music guide site because i suddenly realised how much i love this album. it's THAT good. i listened to pinkerton in bed every night for two months. i still listen to it at least once a month. it's THAT good. so in conclusion, pinkerton is criminally underrated, will make you cry and is superb value for money. it has been recognised more recently by critcs to be excellent and was even #76 in pitchfork's 100 greatest albums of the 90s. what are you waiting for? buy it the next time you're in a record store!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is probaly the most depressing album from the 90's. from tired of sex to butterfly this album makes me want to cry. the songs are not complicated and artsy like most emo today, its straight to the point and the listener can relate to rivers situations. the songs are dark and even if they sound quirky like el schorco, there is something sad about it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is ridiculously good emo at its best. I love weezer and this is completely different than anything else they've done; its a change for the better. The music is raw and honest. Quick note: listen for Rivers' fetish for japonese girls who play the cello in three of the songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WEEZER IS NOT EMO! This is not an emo album (it's over 5 years pre-emo (or, if you will, premo)). Weezer never was an emo band. Garage/nerd rock is actually their area of expertise, although essentially they area pop band. Now, pinkerton isn't a pop album, but it sure a hell isn't emo. Just please, stop worshiping your false idols. It is a great album, though, and the most consistent weezer album, although the blue album is probably better all things considered. I love pinkerton, but I just can't figure out why everybody keeps saying it's emo...
Guest More than 1 year ago
ummm, this is not pre emo, emo started in 1985 by a little band called rights of spring... so inn reality this album is 12 years post emo. if anyone one here knows what real emo is, they never sang about losing girlfriends, or crying in a corner... the songs were mostly political (examples: fugazi, at the drive-in, hot water music, etc.) weezer really does resemble emo music, emo music is extremly raw, and underly produced... and isn't that what this album is? dashboard and all those bands that are labeled as emo now are not, so stop calling them that.... listen to rite of spring and you will know what i mean.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just thought I'd throw my two cents in about the whole emo thing. Weezer ain't emo. Not pre-emo, not post-emo, not anything remotely emo. They're pop-rock, or power pop, if that sounds cooler. But that doesn't change the fact that they're an amazing band, with a truly talented songwriter that knows just how to hook people in. A great album. It took me some time to get into it, since it was so different from the Blue Album, but that doesn't change the fact that this album is a must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best music weezer has ever recorded. Rivers cuomo decided to record a raw, clumsy, personal record. A perfect follow up to their perfect first album. Songs like their singles, "The Good Life" and "El Scorcho" are stand outs, but all the songs are crafted to complete this masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Where has Weezer gone? This is the question I ask myself every time I put this album on. Pinkerton is an absolutely brilliant album, a true anthemic masterpiece, which Weezer hasn't even attempted to match since. I know Rivers has it in him, but he has chosen to produce bubblegum pop in the of fame instead. Please come back Weezer. I'm still waiting for another that showcases your ingenious talent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know why they discredit this album! This is alot better than their most reccent stuff! I'm listening to Make Believe right now and it just doesn't give me that Weezer feeling like Blue Album and Pinkerton did. Maybe in a few songs. I personally think that Weezer has gone astray. Pinkerton was great music! I don't care what you say, they say... or anyone else! :) After Pinkerton I really stopped listening to them... I feel they are targeting a younger audience.. when I hear some 15 yr old saying " Yeah Weezer is my favorite band, I loved their first album "Weezer" (Green album)" it made cringe... Sorry guys...this was the last of the best
Guest More than 1 year ago that's a great refreshing album, despite the emo. I mean I don't have a real problem with it, but hey that doesn't change the record. Pinkerton is an awesome album with great lyrics & catchy melodies. "El Scorcho", "The Good Life", "Getchoo" and "Pink Triangle" are definetely key tracks. Over all a great album that follows up the '94 Blue Album perfectly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm listening to Pinkerton thinking to myslef this doesn't sound like Weezer at all.But its still good stuff I gave it four stars because its definitly not Weezers best work but still definitly worth owning.