Weezer (2001)

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
While many of Weezer's legions of fans grew justifiably concerned that the band had stumbled into a blind alley on 1997's overly testosterone-laden Pinkerton, those worries are, to a large extent, dispelled by this sharp, wry return to form. Too casual to live up to any "four years in the making" banner, Weezer's third album is an avowed return to the band's punk-pop roots -- a fact that's emphasized by the decision to reprise the self-titling of the smash debut that spawned hits like "Buddy Holly." Nothing here is quite as unaffectedly loopy, but there are simple, undeniable hooks to spare, like the ones that poke through the tongue-in-cheek stoner anthem "Hash Pipe" ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
While many of Weezer's legions of fans grew justifiably concerned that the band had stumbled into a blind alley on 1997's overly testosterone-laden Pinkerton, those worries are, to a large extent, dispelled by this sharp, wry return to form. Too casual to live up to any "four years in the making" banner, Weezer's third album is an avowed return to the band's punk-pop roots -- a fact that's emphasized by the decision to reprise the self-titling of the smash debut that spawned hits like "Buddy Holly." Nothing here is quite as unaffectedly loopy, but there are simple, undeniable hooks to spare, like the ones that poke through the tongue-in-cheek stoner anthem "Hash Pipe" and the pulsing mosh-pit ditty "Knockdown Dragout." Frontman Rivers Cuomo still has a bit too much on his mind, as evidenced by the overcaffeinated "Glorious Days," but rather than moan in angst-ridden despair, he's more likely to shrug off his problems with a quick flip of the bird and a smart-aleck remark. And since everybody likes a class clown better than a Gloomy Gus, it's probably safe to say that Weezer is back on track when it comes to winning friends and influencing fellow geeks.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There's a reason why Weezer's third album consciously recalls the band's first, not just in its eponymous title, but in its stark cover, Ric Ocasek production, and tight pop songs. That's not because Weezer was trying to recapture its core audience, because, unbeknown to the band, it already had. Once its second album, Pinkerton, stiffed on the charts and was lambasted in the press including an devastatingly unfair pan from Rolling Stone, who named it the worst album of 1996, the group dropped out of sight and leader Rivers Cuomo went into seclusion. Remarkably, the group's following, unlike so many of its peers -- from forgotten label-sponsored alt-rockers like Nada Surf to indie rockers as respected as Sebadoh -- never waned, it only strengthened, as fans slowly realized the brilliance of Pinkerton and how the debut only seemed better, catchier, funnier as the years passed. Weezer eventually realized this through the magic of the Internet plus an uproarious Japanese tour, and hit the road in 2000, knocking out a new album at the end of the year, when the band realized that there were thousands of fans eager to hear a new record. The cynical out there might interpret this as crass commercialism -- "hey! they only made a record when they realized people were listening" -- but it's actually a reflection of one of Weezer's greatest strengths: Cuomo's shyness and awkwardness, neither of which he can disguise, no matter how he tries. He didn't want to record another album unless he knew somebody was listening, because he didn't know if there was a purpose otherwise. This is the quality that came shining through on Pinkerton and is most likely the reason he disdains the album as too personal, no matter how great it is, and it's also apparent on this Weezer album which will inevitably be known as The Green Album, much like how fans dubbed the debut The Blue Album, due to its cover background, even if he consciously shies away from the stark autobiography that made the previous album. Sure, there may be clues tucked away in any of these songs, but for the most part, this is simply a collection of punk-pop songs in the now-patented Weezer style. And that, quite frankly, is more than enough. This may be a very short album -- a mere 28:34, actually -- but that just makes it bracing, a reminder of how good, nay, great this band can be. Especially since this is a conscious return to the band's debut, this may seem like nothing special -- it's just punk-pop, delivered without much dynamic range but with a whole lot of hooks -- but nobody else does it this so well, no matter how many bands try. And, frankly, that's enough, because this band rocks tight and focused, with wonderful melodies and songs that have enough little details to give them personality, even when Rivers is avoiding personality. This is a combination of great performances and great songwriting, something that puts to shame both the mainstream rockers and underground wannabes of the early 2000s. That's Weezer's great strength -- they certainly are accessible, but they're so idiosyncratic within that realm, it's hard not to think of them as outsiders. The fact that this Weezer sounds as fresh as the first is as much a testament to the band's talents as the musical stagnation of the post-grunge, post-Britpop '90s, but three albums out, Weezer has yet to deliver a record that isn't immensely satisfying. Yeah, it's about 70 cents per minute, but you'd be a fool not to consider it just about the best value of any rock record released in 2001.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2001
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949304522
  • Catalog Number: 493045
  • Sales rank: 20,844

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't Let Go
  2. 2 Photograph
  3. 3 Hash Pipe
  4. 4 Island in the Sun
  5. 5 Crab
  6. 6 Knock-down Drag-out
  7. 7 Smile
  8. 8 Simple Pages
  9. 9 Glorious Day
  10. 10 O Girlfriend
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Weezer Primary Artist
Brian Bell Guitar, Vocals
Patrick Wilson Drums
Rivers Cuomo Guitar, Vocals
Mikey Welsh Electric Bass
Technical Credits
Ric Ocasek Producer
Ken Allardyce Engineer
Vladimir Meller Mastering
Chris Bilheimer Art Direction
Bobby Schneck Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not as good as other albums..

    I enjoy listening to songs from the band Weezer but this album is one of the worst album that they made.. but I liked Island in the sun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Bad

    Not really one of my favorite albums by Weezer, but hits like "Hash Pipe", "Island in the Sun", "Photograph", and "Crab" are great. The other songs, however, don't stand out much, but its pretty good nonetheless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pure, wonderful pop rock

    I owned Weezer's first album (the "Blue Album") back when if first came out, and loved its wry, witty, pop-rock songs. I never followed up by getting Pinkerton, but then bought this album on a recommendation, and "re-discovered" all over agin how terrific Weezer is. This album (the "Green Album") lived in my CD player for months, and inspired me to check out Pinkerton (can't understand why it was critically panned) and see Weezer live. The Green Album is filled with classic pop rock - fantastic rocking guitar combined with wonderful vocal harmonies (kind of reminded me of the Beach Boys mixed with Ramones-like punk). Each song is a tightly crafted little gem. Even 3 years after it came out, it still holds up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not as honest

    not as honest as pinkerton too poppy but i love weezer none the less.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    =w= =w= =w= w= =w= I love this, i give it 5 =w='s

    Its great with mikey Welsh as bass guitar. There are 4 good hits, island in the sun, hash pipe, crab, and photograph. The rest are very good too. I love Weezer and can't wait for the next album in 04.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    am i the only reviewer who will be honest?

    this isnt weezer's best work, and it isn't really worth buying. not all the songs are as good as I know Weezer can do. Photograph, Island In the Sun, Hash Pipe, Crab...they all tell you that Rivers has some rockin tunes up his sleeve. But the problem is that the rest of the songs are generic and/or what i like to call "uninspired emo." O Girlfriend, the ending track, makes me want to cringe because it's so dull. The truth is, this is a sellout album. Go for one of Weezer's other albums instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Back to the kids...

    After Pinkerton had its media failure in 1994, Rivers and the rest of the band went into hibernation. This has the hit "Hash Pipe" which i bet most have heard, whether realizing it or not. it also has a hit "Island in the Sun" which is featured on quite a few movie soundtracks. Ages 10 and up, unless the "Hash Pipe" title bothers you...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Green Album rocks!

    This album is awesome. I can't say I dislike any of the songs on it and I listen to it over and over again...still haven't gotten tired of it! I'd definitely recommend it, no matter what kind of music you're into.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome cd

    hey im a new weezer fan, and i absolutely loved this cd, its very relaxing and has good sounds. i enjoyed every song on this cd! This is a very good buy! I LOVE island in the sun!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gosh darned good stuff

    Ummm...wow? Yes, wow. This is an incredible cd. It's like driving music, air drums music, calming music, singing to music, and party music all rolled into one. Killer cd. Buy it. That's all. You have no choice. Thank you. Goodnight and godspeed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Album Of This Millenium

    This album was great.If you're the kind of person who loves an album to headbang to,I suggest you go to the store after you get done reading this and by Weezer's new CD/cassette tape.Not only will you have a great new CD/cassette tape to listen to,but you'll be the coolest kid on your block.I don't know how you would describe Weezer's new CD.You could say they are a mix between Semisonic,The Bloodhound Gang,and American Hi-Fi.This album has catchy lyrics,a great beat in every song,and not to mention some pretty coolguys singing these songs.Go buy this album.It'll be one smart choice you've made this year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    The Green album is very good. Every song is great. Great pop rock!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    weezer rules

    This album is cool. You'll like it.I did. I baught it. I was listening to it when i made this review. I really enjoyed the songs. so did all my friends. I didnt dislike any songs on the album. I suggest you get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just Forge it!

    AHHHH IT is Cool!!!! i love the band!! ive been a loyal fan and a leader of the weezer cult since 1994!!! JUST BUY THE CD!!! AHHHHH!!! and remember... JUST FORGE IT!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Weezer

    i love weezer. they were awesome on saturday night live and they're on conan obrian june 5th i think. check it out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is an awesome CD

    This cd is awesome, which is no surpirse since Weezer is the best band out there ,who cares if it's short, I just listen to it over and over

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wooo hooo!!!!

    Wow, kudos to Rivers Cuomo for bringing back their one of a kind style. Awesome CD.

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    Posted October 27, 2008

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    Posted December 23, 2008

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