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For Weezer fans, hearing its main man and songwriter working through ideas in his home studio, flexing his experimental nature to better understand his own creative process, is both a fascinating and sometimes frustrating experience. After all, the creative process is filled with trial and error and while an early version of “Buddy Holly” shows just how well-formed his ideas sometimes come to him, some of the songs feel fragmentary or like ideas that aren’t likely to go much further (the 45 seconds of “Who You Callin’ Bitch?” or the 35 seconds of taped nonsense on the non-song “I Wish You Had An Axe Guitar”). But this is also often where the fun resides. “Wanda (You’re My Only Love)” uses some cheap sounding keyboards to support its sublime melody, while the less-than-a-minute “Dude We’re Finally Landing” features charming vocal harmonies that lack nothing despite the song’s incompleteness. “Superfriend” and “I Was Made for You” don’t need grander productions, since the drums and guitars are sufficient to support Cuomo’s aching vocals and counterpoint effects.

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A must for hardcore fans of Rivers and Weezer

Fantastic album overall, in particular I'm loving "I Was Made For You", as well as the long sought after "Superfriend". Rivers' concept album "Songs From The Black Hole", which ended up being reshaped and turned into Pinkerton, has been highly desired by many hardcore Weezer fans. There are a lot of songs from there on here, such as the aformentioned superfriend, as well as some slightly cleaned up versions of other leaked tunes like Blast Off! There's a lot of variety on here, bound to be something you like, and it all comes in a very intimate vibe due to Rivers doing almost all of the instruments and vocals on his own. Highly recommended!

and you say you're fans..

this is not weezer. this is rivers cuomo's SOLO PROJECT. that means it's not supposed to sound like the band, it's supposed to sound like him. and in my opinion, he sounds pretty cool.

A Collection of the Best

Although some of these songs have been heard before, they are all still an incredible insight into the world of Rivers Cuomo. "Ooh" showcases the influence of Brian Wilson and his beach-boy harmonies on Rivers. Songs like "Buddy Holly" show how strong Rivers songs stand even before they have been brought to the band. Songs like "Longtime Sunshine" and "Wanda" are so heartbreaking and lonesome that it could break down anyone. "I Was Made For You" could stand alone from the collection on the next weezer release. And finally, many of the previously unheard gems of the legendary "Songs From The Blackhole" can be heard here for the first time including weezer's holy grail: Superfriend. The collection is a must have for any weezer fan whether he/she be old or new. The collection showcases the hi-lights from Rivers Cuomo's entire career. Fans of both pre-pinkerton weezer and post-pinkerton weezer all have something here to enjoy.


Born: June 13, 1970 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The singer/guitarist/songwriter of Weezer, Rivers Cuomo was born June 13, 1970, and grew up in Connecticut. Intrigued by both the sounds of heavy metal (Kiss, Van Halen) and hook-heavy punk-pop (the Pixies), Cuomo moved to Los Angeles in 1989 alongside his bandmates in the progressive metal outfit Avant Garde. The group disbanded one year later, however, and Cuomo dabbled in several other projects before forming Weezer in 1992. The original lineup consisted of Cuomo, guitarist Jason Cropper, bassist...
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