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Echoing their 1994 debut right down to producer Ric Ocasek and the primary color scheme of its cover (whose hue got it dubbed “Green Album”), Weezer is an exercise in shrewd, if brisk pop economy whose best tracks confirm songwriter Rivers Cuomo’s quirky gifts. “Knockdown Dragout” and “Glorious Days” positively bristle, while the snarky anthem “Hash Pipe” could only be the product of Cuomo’s skewed brilliance.

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Not their best

"Hash Pipe" and "Island in the Sun" are the most distinct songs on this album. But tracks 5, 7,8, 9, and 10, half of the album, sound excatly the same. That's not to say they're bad songs, but after listening to it for awhile, you can get sick of it, much the same way as you get sick of too much soda. This album has become synonomous with the modern Weezer sound, which is no where near as good as the previous two albums. Worth buying the whole album, as there isn't just one "good" song, but really try to find it used first.

The Green Album

Weezer's Third Album album took five years to be released after Pinkerton. This dosen't mean that they've lost their skill or touch though. It resembles their debut in more ways than one. Like the plain green cover with the band members, the same producer and the similiarly written material. Most of the songs are as sunny and bright as the blue album, but less hard rocking and more poppier. The guitars are absent of the raw energy of pinkerton and most of the propulsive sound of the blue. It is still a great comeback for weezer with some great Alternative\Pop songs.

Pop Perfection

Although a large amount of the "Hiatus period" songs are unheard, Green Album is probably a good pointer to what they sounded like. Rivers knew very well that his 1996 album was a failure because it was hard to embrace such a rough sound. He also knew very well that the album kept Weezer alive for the late '90s. Regardless, Rivers chose (whether to save himself or to annoy the fans) to write a pop album. That's what this album is: pop perfection. Solo riffs typically follow the verse melody, nearly every word is harmonized (perfectly) and the album is incredibly catchy. Rivers has called it "pop songs" on several live bootlegs, Pat has said that it's sort of like the early Beatles if they had big rock guitars. It's blue, only less rock and more pop. It clocks in at under 30 minutes, but that doesn't stop it from showing off Rivers' genius. On the first few plays the album's second half might feel a little lacking in comparison to the first half, but give it time. "Don't Let Go", "Photograph" and "Island In The Sun" are all perfect candidates for pop perfection. "Hash Pipe" rocks harder than the rest of the album, but it still somehow fits in very well. "Knock-Down Drag-Out" is short, but super puncy and hooks you from the first measure. "O Girlfriend" is the closest you'll get to the emotive and shakey fragility of the earlier work. Either way, every song on here could have been a radio hit. Each song on here would be a killer radio hit.


Formed: 1993 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

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

As one of the most popular groups to emerge in the post-grunge alternative rock aftermath, Weezer received equal amounts of criticism and praise for their hook-heavy guitar pop. Drawing from the heavy power pop of arena rockers like Cheap Trick and the angular guitar leads of the Pixies, Weezer leavened their melodies with doses of '70s metal gleaned from bands like Kiss. What truly set the band apart, though, was their geekiness. None of the members of Weezer, especially leader Rivers Cuomo, were...
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