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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/1996
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0720642500729
catalogNumber: 25007
Rank: 28409

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
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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