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The grass is still green,
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Weezer's 'The Green Album' was unfairly written off by a significant minority of both critics and fans upon release, due to its departure from its predecessor, the edgy, brutally honest and heavier-sounding 'Pinkerton'. There's little argument that 'Pinkerton' lyrically and musically is a more complex and engaging record, but that should take nothing away from the fact that Weezer's long-awaited follow up to that album is a likeable, infectiously catchy album full of singalong melodies and witty, self-deprecating, and warmly sentimental lyricy. Admittedly there is less of Rivers Cuomo's personality in these songs, which will initially strike listeners as more generic and less diverse than those of the band's two prior releases. To Weezer's credit, though; despite a bit of a lack of variety on the record, there is still a wealth of excellent tracks on the album - from the laid-back, dreamy strum of 'Island in the Sun' to the claustrophobic, grungy rock of 'Hash Pipe' and the shamelessly sentimental and worryingly catchy, romance-driven 'Smile'.
In truth, there's not a poor song on the album, though the rigid structure of some of the tracks stops them from reaching the gleeful, often unique-sounding experimentation of tracks such as 'Undone - The Sweater Song' and 'The Good Life'. This, again, is forgivable considering that the album includes such timeless power-pop songs as 'Photograph', 'Knock-down Drag-out' and 'O Girlfriend'. For Weezer fans who loved their first two albums, 'The Green Album' might initially disappoint a little, but it's a grower, and I've found it one of the most cheering and tuneful albums I've heard. For those more familiar with latter-day Weezer, the style of 'The Green Album' will likely be more familiar, and as a whole it's definitely more consistent and less irritatingly teen-angsty than parts of both 'The Red Album' and 'Hurley'. Definitely reccomended.