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Few albums in rock history have enjoyed as complete a critical and popular turnaround as Weezer’s Pinkerton. Though tagged a disappointment upon its 1996 release, today Pinkerton is considered one of the most influential and important albums of that decade and beyond. The two-CD Pinkerton – Deluxe Edition adds colour to the band’s musical journey with the original Weezer-produced album remastered and 25 contemporaneous bonus tracks, including every official B-side and 16 previously unreleased recordings. Among the latter are the newly-discovered gem "Tragic Girl", unreleased B-side "I Swear It’s True" and numerous live performances, particularly noteworthy given that the band rarely played Pinkerton songs after the album tour. The 1996-1997 concert tracks were taken from the Reading Festival, radio station sessions in Philadelphia and Salt Lake City, and a lunchtime performance won in a contest by Shorecrest High School near Seattle.
Weezer mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but since the mid-90s they’ve rarely stood proud as anyone’s favourite band. The reason’s very simple: diminishing returns. Once the 21st century dawned, the Rivers Cuomo-fronted pop-rockers seemed to content themselves with releasing a handful of killer singles and packaging them on albums full of mediocre filler. It wasn’t always the way.1994’s eponymous debut, commonly referred to as The Blue Album (two further self-titled sets, of 2001 and 2008, were coloured/titled Green and Red respectively), spawned MTV-courting hits Buddy Holly, Say It Ain’t So and Undone; via a winning mix of mega-sized hooks, heart-on-sleeve lyrics and clever promo videos, it made unlikely stars of four geeky-looking guys from Los Angeles. But it’s 1996’s Pinkerton that is repeatedly held aloft by fans as the finest album in the band’s catalogue. And with good reason: it’s the perfect mix of melancholy and sunshine, heartache and honey, rejection and reflection. And the pain isn’t purely emotional: Cuomo had recently undergone surgery on his back and to lengthen a leg, and was walking with a cane.In the booklet that accompanies this deluxe repackaging – with plenty of juicy exclusive content, including recordings from 1996’s Reading Festival – there is evidence that Cuomo, the sole writing force throughout, was wary of Pinkerton not ticking the same boxes as its predecessor. In a reprinted letter he writes, "I hope you all don’t hate it… but I really wanted these songs to be an exploration of my dark side". And, frequently, they are; albeit with said explorations into a fractured mindset complemented by comparatively upbeat instrumentation. The song titles offer clues as to a shift in emotion and attitude – Tired of Sex, Why Bother? – but a cursory scan of the lyrics paints a vivid picture of a soul cut adrift. Sure, there are cute rhymes and neat choruses, but Cuomo was mining some coal-black feelings for inspiration."How stupid is it / I can’t talk about it / I’ve gotta sing about it / And make a record up" – so goes a song-along section of El Scorcho, in just a few words summarising everything Pinkerton’s about. It’s brilliant pop, musically effervescent and conceptually evergreen, but seriously bruised. It’s such a potent recipe. And it’s not aged in the slightest – while hardly a hit on release, its critical reputation has grown immensely.While there are probably several new LPs of 2010 that have deserved their five-star reviews, 12 months down the line chances are that few buyers will be regularly returning to them. The same can’t be said, personally, of this. Almost 15 years on it remains a stereo regular, and loved like the day it was delivered, awkwardly and self-consciously, into a world that didn’t know what to do with it. And, largely, still doesn’t. So give it a home, won’t you; it could be your album of the year. --Mike Diver
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Then in the autumn of 1996 Pinkerton was released without much attention except for the preceding single, el scorcho.
At first many of the people who had bought the blue album were extremely skeptical and labelled WEEZER as a one hit wonder.
However Pinkerton was an open book of personal trials in which many people could relate to.
Kicking off with the lo-fi intro to TIRED OF SEX the song then explodes into a rock anthem detailing the boredom of the high life and the struggle of finding a partner to settle down with. The fuzz rock of GETCHOO follows in the same vein as does the anthemic NO OTHER ONE. WHY BOTHER is a mid paced rocker which details the struggle to motivate after failing in love stakes. ACROSS THE SEA is about a letter recieved from a japanese schoolgirl asking all about them, musically it is monumentous from the piano-led intro through to the fuzzy solo. THE GOOD LIFE is a cheery sing-along which lyrically has yearns for a return of the lifestyle described in TIRED OF SEX. EL SCORCHO sounds like the pixies and has a great rousing chorus. PINK TRIANGLE is an amazing song with a country/rock feel but describes a relationship with a girl who would be perfect only to find out that she is a lesbian. FALLING FOR YOU is undoubtedly the albums high point sonically it is a classic sounding like a more beefed up PINK TRIANGLE but with a lyrical theme that everyone can relate to, meeting your perfect partner but feeling inept to do anything about it.Read more ›
Saw this vinyl was available and was intrigued to see it had listings for two discs!
I contacted Amazon to confirm this was the case (they confirmed it was), but the item only contained one disc.
The MP3 version (which comes along with the Vinyl purchase) does contain the second disc with extras, but just be aware that with the vinyl, you're only getting one disc.
This really is a fine album. If you listen closely enough you will discover that each song is just as gratifying (with 'pop-sensibilities' I think the media call it) as the debut's, and you will marvel at Rivers' ability to compose succint, personal pop songs made to sound, at the same time, like the best clash of electric guitars EVER.
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