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WEEZER Pinkerton (1996 European issue 10-track CD album including the singles El Scorcho The Good Life & Pink Triangle picture sleeve)
Deux ans et demi après la belle secousse causée par leur première livraison éponyme, Weezer reviennent et ils ne sont pas contents... Mettant à nouveau un coup de frein à ses études à Harvard, Rivers Cuomo a pris le temps de concocter dans l'isolement de sa chambre estudiantine une sorte d'album concept qui prend vaguement appui sur Madame Butterfly. Finalement reconstitué en rangs serrés autour de son leader, le groupe accouche en 1996 de ce Pinkerton. Un album qui, s'il bat bel et bien le rappel des mélodies sexy, de l'attitude détachée tellement attachante, et de la flamboyance qui avaient fait le succès de son prédécesseur, marque aussi une évolution vers plus de virulence sonore, vers un certain "déformatage". Cette tentative de mariage des contraires (mélodies-guitares magmatiques) donne souvent lieu à d'excellentes choses ("Getchoo", "No Other One" ou The Good Life), mais occasionne à d'autres moments une certaine érosion de l'impact pop de la joyeuse bande. Rien de dommageable néanmoins, surtout qu'emprunt de cette nouvelle gravité se reflétant également dans les textes, Weezer offre un démenti cinglant à ceux qui leur prédisaient une trajectoire d'étoile filante ou ne voyaient en eux qu'un simple groupe à singles. --Fabrice PrivéVoir l'ensemble des Descriptions du produit
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Il essaie de comprendre le monde des grands (Pink Triangle), il part en forêt avec des scouts (Butterfly), il décide de parler espagnol (El Scorcho) bref, Pinkerton a dix ans, il se porte à merveille. Le plus pixiesien des albums de Weezer est peut-être leur meilleur. Si tu me crois pas...
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this is the album where he felt liberated, where he would be creating this new sound for everyone. the emotional nakedness he hinted at in Weezer (funky blue cover) became fully realized here. not only his voice showed his emotions, you can hear it in every note of his fractured guitar - the soaring, pins and needles feeling it elects out of you with every solo, every vibrato. the music drove you because he sang about a pain not only secular to him, it's an album he made for YOU just as much as him. you almost wanted to grab cuomo and tell him everything will be alright by the end of Butterfly, crying and muttering to yourself how your girlfriend/boyfriend is an idiot.
a funny thing happened. about the time this album came out, power-pop/punk was going on it's way out. this cd was left on the side, pushed away in favor of nameless bands long forgotten. only making gold (as opposed to the 4 million weezer sold), cuomo freaked and closed the door on his musical career for awhile to sort through it all.
earlier this year, cuomo and company came out just enough to hammer enough songs to make a new album, one just released earlier this month. Weezer (funky green cover) seems to be poised as a new beginning for this band. the switch from blue to green, the retro-funky clothes - you can tell from the beginning that this is the same weezer you loved...but...somethings...just...different. something doesn't add up, that's only confirmed when you come back and listen to Pinkerton right after dispensing Weezer (green) out of your cd player.
Pinkerton's emotional beauty, the harsh nakedness and razorblade rhythm cuts deep. every song makes you want to sing, not only because of the melody (which is outstanding), but because you FEEL his pain. Tired of Sex, Across the Sea, Good Life - these are the songs i yell while i'm driving to work, cd-player blasted up, anger and energy thrown on top of it. critics blasted this at first because they expected meandering pop w/o substance. they bought into spike jonzes' videos about weezer - the geeky sensibility, the happy-go-lucky charm. it took critics years before they realized how amazing this album truly is - after rivers locked himself into his room, after everyone forgot who weezer even were.
the green album that was released but only a few days ago. where pinkerton soars and climaxes, green takes a calculated approach and just bops. cuomo hasn't the power anymore to show us what he feels in his music. for better or for worse, pinkerton scared him off that path. from now on, it seems as if cuomo will become another faceless/nameless songwriter who hides behinds his lyrics (albeit still VERY good songs).
so here is pinkerton - on one hand one of the best albums released in the 90s, yet simultaneously something which drove its creator to the brink of depression. the weezer you see now is 1/2 of their former self. here they are at their height.
But time changes everything. When I first heard Pinkerton, I thought, "Whoa, Rivers, what do you think you're doing?" (Rivers Cuomo is the band's frontman.) On the surface, Pinkerton sounds like a desperate, overly emotional and possibly even annoying this-is-my-life-story kind of album. With time, it evolves into one of the most mind-blowingly awesome rock albums of the nineties.
To what do we owe this bizarre transition? All that I can figure is that people tend to hear without listening. When they first hear Pinkerton, they think, "Man, this doesn't sound cool." They don't really pay attention to what they're hearing.
After a while, they begin to pay attention to the words, the rhythms, the infectious melodies, and then they're hooked. To everyone's surprise, the music all of a sudden sounds really, really good. I'm talking good enough to bring about vicarious happiness, anger, longing and sadness - maybe even enlightenment. Trust me, it's happened with a lot of people.
Join the club. Buy this album.
The jerky guitar at the beginning verse of "The Good Life" followed by the catchy chorus is probably the most listener-friendly song on the album. It's tied with "El Scorcho" for my favorite. The sad but funny lyrics of "Pink Triangle" and the confession-like "Tired of Sex" are also standouts, along with the quietly beautiful "Butterfly". Even the weakest track, "Across the Sea" is fantastic, with a gorgeous (if too short) piano intro.
Unfortunately, I don't think Weezer will ever release another CD like Pinkerton. However, I'll always cherish this album.
Pinkerton proved that two years can make a band more mature and be able to freelance a little bit. But the record pretty much fell on deaf ears. And that is a shame. Although it shares no resemblance to its predecessor, Pinkerton was the best post grunge-grunge record ever. It was angry and mean but it was also sincere. Yeah it may not have been poppy or what not, but as a musician you don't want to get stuck in a formula. That's why it's sort of a depressing thing that it didn't do as well. It's now found its way into the hands of geeky emo kids everywhere and has been pretty much the influence of emo rockers like The Get Up Kids and Saves The Day. Not bad for an album that went gold in the year 2000, four years after it was released.
I honestly will say that Pinkerton is the best weezer album ever and it's a damn shame that Mr. Cuomo refuses to play only one Pinkerton track on tour. So as a homage to my favorite band I must praise them for taking a ballsy approach on such a great record and I am glad to give it 5 out of 5 stars. I mean it deserves that much. I'm not the only music critic that would call this album a masterpiece. So the cheese doesn't stand alone. Rock on!
1. Tired of Sex: 9/10
Opening this CD with its monster drum beat, and the screeching Rivers leave me in awe of this song it will immediately ring in your head for days to come. Awesome.
2. Getchoo: 8/10
"I never meant to do all that I've done to you please baby say its not too late." Another extremely catchy song, with a very strong chorus. GETCHOO!!!!
3. No Other One: 8/10
Where would we be without the classic Weezer high pitched squeal, masterfully played out in this one. Another strong chorus, but that's not a bad thing.
4. Why Bother?: 9/10
What did I say about those powerful drum beats. Even the musically challenged can pick up on it. This song keeps picking up until an extremely well played ending, multiple laired with backup vocal, power riffs, and a Weezer classic drum beat
5. Across the Sea: 10/10
Powerful beyond words..."I've got your letter, you've got my song." This song starts out slower with a distorted guitar on the right, and a quiet piano going on the left, keeps it slow until about 2:20 into it, the guitar solo, touching. Then after the slower portion, it builds up until an explosion of an ending. O.K. maybe it wasn't powerful beyond words.
6. The Good Life: 10/10
"As everything I need is denied me and everything I want is taken away from me but who do I got to blame? Nobody but me." I don't really know how to describe this one, another power Weezer riff, drum beat, chorus everything that one would and will come to love about this band all packed up and rolled into one song.
7. El Scorcho: 9/10
Quirky. One word to describe this song. This song is unlike everything that I have heard and seen Weezer do, but somehow it works, this song is sloppy, abstract guitar, squeaky singing, but it works, that's all I have to say about it. It works. Then there comes the 2 minute mark in the song and unbelievable tempo change that will be in my favorite for quite some time. It works.
8. Pink Triangle: 10/10
A depressing but comedic turn on love: "I'm dumb she's a lesbian, I though I had found the one, we were good as married in my mind, but married in my minds no good." Obviously if you haven't picked it up this one is about falling in love and after a long relationship she turns out to be a lesbian. My favorite quote from this album is a desperate cry, but funny at the same time: "Everyone's a little queer; oh can't she be a little straight." Depressing but funny, great song.
9. Falling For You: 8.5/10
Another love song, it's charming. I like you way too much my baby I'm afraid I'm fallin' for you...or maybe I would rather settle down with you." What wouldn't a girl give to have the one they are pining for say this to them. Catchy chorus and whining guitar makes this one, one of my favorites.
10. Butterfly: 10/10
I could go on and on and on about this song, emotional, real. This is my favorite Weezer song of all time, this song with only an acoustic guitar and the occasional bass pedal going from the drums give this song, and the album a ending of the ages. This one is the one that slipped away...and you slip away into the song, you will melt into it. Excellent ending for an excellent album.
Overall this is Weezer's best album, so what the "critics" didn't like it, it's all about you and me, and what we think. This album will be in my steady rotation for years to come. I suggest that you give this one a try I guarantee that you will not regret it.