Weezer (Blue Album)

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Even if you lived through it, it's hard to fathom exactly why Weezer were disliked, even loathed, when they released their debut album in the spring of 1994. If you grew up in the years after the heyday of grunge, it may even seem absurd that the band were considered poseurs, hair metal refugees passing themselves off as alt-rock by adapting a few tricks from the Pixies and Nirvana songbooks and sold to MTV with stylish videos. Nevertheless, during alt-rock's heyday of 1994, Weezer was second only to Stone Temple Pilots as an object of scorn, bashed by the rock critics and hipsters alike. Time has a way of healing, even erasing, all wounds, and time has been ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Even if you lived through it, it's hard to fathom exactly why Weezer were disliked, even loathed, when they released their debut album in the spring of 1994. If you grew up in the years after the heyday of grunge, it may even seem absurd that the band were considered poseurs, hair metal refugees passing themselves off as alt-rock by adapting a few tricks from the Pixies and Nirvana songbooks and sold to MTV with stylish videos. Nevertheless, during alt-rock's heyday of 1994, Weezer was second only to Stone Temple Pilots as an object of scorn, bashed by the rock critics and hipsters alike. Time has a way of healing, even erasing, all wounds, and time has been nothing but kind to Weezer's eponymous debut album which would later be dubbed The Blue Album, due to the blue background of the cover art. At the time of its release, the group's influences were discussed endlessly -- the dynamics of the Pixies, the polished production reminiscent of Nevermind, the willful outsider vibe borrowed from indie rock -- but few noted how the group, under the direction of singer/songwriter Rivers Cuomo, synthesized alt-rock with a strong '70s trash-rock predilection and an unwitting gift for power pop, resulting in something quite distinctive. Although the group wears its influences on its sleeve, Weezer pulls it together in a strikingly original fashion, thanks to Cuomo's urgent melodicism, a fondness for heavy, heavy guitars, a sly sense of humor, and damaged vulnerability, all driven home at a maximum volume. While contemporaries like Pavement were willfully, even gleefully obscure, and skewed toward a more selective audience, Weezer's insecurities were laid bare, and the band's pop culture obsessions tended to be universal, not exclusive. Plus, Cuomo wrote killer hooks and had a band that rocked hard -- albeit in an uptight, nerdy fashion -- winding up with direct, immediate music that connects on more than one level. It's both clever and vulnerable, but those sensibilities are hidden beneath the loud guitars and catchy hooks. That's why the band had hits with this album -- and not just hits, but era-defining singles like the deliberate dissonant crawl of "Undone - The Sweater Song," the postironic love song of "Buddy Holly," the surging "Say It Ain't So" -- but could still seem like a cult band to the dedicated fans; it sounded like the group was speaking to an in-crowd, not the mass audience it wound up with. If, as Howard Hawks said, a good movie consists of three great scenes and no bad ones, it could be extrapolated that a good record contains three great songs and no bad ones -- in that case, Weezer is a record with at least six or seven great songs and no bad ones. That makes for a great record, but more than that, it's a great record emblematic of its time, standing as one of the defining albums of the '90s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/1994
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 720642462928
  • Catalog Number: 24629
  • Sales rank: 20,860

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Weezer Primary Artist
Brian Bell Guitar, Vocals
Patrick Wilson Drums
Rivers Cuomo Guitar, Vocals
Matt Sharp Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Ric Ocasek Producer
Christopher Shaw Engineer
Jason Cropper Composer
Chris Shaw Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    This is how being a "geek" became cool.

    This is the album that made it ok for you to dress a little off, and admit you liked d&d. This is the album that made being a "geek" or a "nerd" cool. With such classic hits as "Buddy Holly" and "Undone-The Sweater Song" this album contained all the drama and fun you need for all your possible moods.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    blue album

    Weezer is the best band ever. They made great albums but the blue album is the best there is. i recommended it to anyone who likes great music

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WEEZER ROCKS THE LUNCH BOX!

    The blue album absolutely kicks butt! I love the songs: Buddy Holly and Surf Wax America. Their catchy lyrics, upbeat rythym, and all out musical domination makes Weezer's "Blue Album" #1!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    =w= this is the best =w=

    the blue album is the perfect 1st weezer cd. it gives you the best songs that this band has written, and it oppitimises all of =w=ezzer's works......... enjoy!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best weezer album

    This is one of the best Weezer album from Rivers cuomo (lead singer/guitar), Patrick Willson (drumer), Matt Sharp (bass), and Brian Bell (guitar), the band members at the time; All ten songs on the album sound like hit singles and is prossibl the reason why it is now doubl platinum (it sold 2 million copies) Rivers Cuomo's song writing is great in the way that he doesn't repeat the same lyrics or when he writes music it isn't the same tune over and over. The two songs the most stuck out and are the best songs on the album were "The sweater song" and "buddy holly". it is over all one of the best albums ever made it's truly original and fun to listin to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cant Get Much Better Than This

    The Blue Alumbum has to be Weezer's greatest work ever. Theres nothing bad to say about this, although some songs are alot better than others. These awsome songs will get stuck in your head for days, which is NOT a bad thing ;-) THIS IS ONE CD YOU MUST HAVE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    recent weezer addict

    A few months ago I decided to listen to the blue album because my boyfriend had it and loved it. It was so awesome!!! The tunes are catchy and singable yet they have meaningful lyrics and depth that is not often encountered in pop music. I seriously suggest that if you are thinking about getting this you should go for it. You may not like it instantly but I promise, if you're open, you'll eventually be glued to this CD. TRY IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Untouchable

    The greatest album by the greatest rock band ever! This album can not be touched by any other album past, present or future. The only competition Weezer has is Korn. 2 different genres, but I'm talking about ALL-TIME here. Not to mention this album was totally under-rated by everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    The only CD I can play without skipping a track.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The beginning of it all

    This 10-track album (1992) started what today is the famous Weezer. Some of the best songs, still on the charts today. Buddy Holly still reigns, even on MTV! Say it aint so and undone are known and loved by many.. if you look into the other tracks, you'll see weezer is full of variety, and spunk. This album is appropriate for ages... 9 and up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Weezer's best

    It may sound typical but i really do love Weezer. I consider myself a HUGE fan. i have such respect for Rivers, he has written over 400 songs in his life and they just keep on comin'. he is a genius with lyrics and songwriting and is amazing on the guitar also. It's really a shame that Matt Sharp isn't their bassist anymore because not everyone can pull off that awesome sequence in Only in Dreams. this is the album my friend got my hooked on Weezer with, it's just so great. I have listened to it so many times and it just sounds better every time. The words are so honest, though they may sound simple. Whether you want to cry, laugh, scream, or just sing along this is your album. i have heard most of what Weezer has put out there for us to hear (b-sides, acoustic, etc. included), and this is still my favorite after all this time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I have had to buy this album 6 times.

    The first time that Weezer was implanted into my brain was early of 1995. My sister begged my mom to buy this cd for her. I ended up liking it SOOOO much more then she did, so I traded her two Boys 2 Men cds for it. Since then, I have out-worn this cd 3 times, and I have gotten it stolen from me twice. So I recently bought it for the SIXTH time. If I was stranded on a desserted island, this cd would be one of the first 3 albums I would HAVE to smuggle with me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wowie!

    Well, Its pretty amazing how they have roze to the top of the charts, but all of them are good, you know, all the cds. i think they are trying to be the next beatles and thats pretty phat to me, i like both. =w=

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    weezer rocks

    weezer has the best music my favorite songs are say it aint so, the sweater song, and island in the sun they rock.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pop Rock Masterpiece!!!!

    This is one of the best pop rock records i ever herd. every song is great, the only other record i can think of like that is Nevermind by Nirvana. P.S. Blink 182 and Emo Core sucks, so shut up you whiney little basterds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dang

    Weezer is the best band out there. No other band has the technique that they do. Their lyrics and ''chants'' are the bomb.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Headline? i dont know

    awesome!! never would have even realized it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thou shalt buy it

    I kid you not, this is the best album I own, and I own a few. And I'm not just saying that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Total Awesomeness

    Weezer is bad azz-az better than alot of other punk bands, if you like any kind of alternative music run out and buy this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Weezer is the greatest band in the world=w=

    Weezer's Debut album is the second best album in the world, next to Pinkerton. I reccommend that everyone listen to their music and other emo music alike.

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