on 2 July 2004
Any of you who may have heard of Ozma would probably be surprised to find out that I was only passingly aware of Weezer until I became a big enough Ozma fan to seek out and talk to other fans, who pointed me in the direction of Weezer. I bought the Blue Album, and although not entirely impressed, I held out and my reward was Pinkerton. From the semi-surpressed yells that I can only refer to as bursts of pure emotion on Tired Of Sex, to the beautiful (and I don't use that word unless I really, really mean it) acoustic majesty of Butterfly, that nearly had me crying the first time I heard it, the album is an absolute masterpiece of songwriting and lyricism. Weezer stick, more or less, to the mould of geek rockers, and any fans of Ozma, NUFAN, Lagwagon and the like should own this album.
I especially enjoyed the shakingly emotive "No Other One", and the get-up-and-danceworthy "The Good Life", but my favourits song on the album has to be Falling For You. I'm not sure whether it's the chorus which, in terms of singability, rivals the "I love you, baby, and if it's quite alright, I need you, baby, to warm a lonely night. I love you, baby. Trust in me when I say:" From Frankie Valii's "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", or whether it's the guitar after the second chorus with just shades of Pachelbel's Canon (anyone who's heard the full version will know what I mean - it's only a sequence of about five notes, but, in my opinion, the best five in both tunes) and which leads so perfectly into the bridge, but either way, that song is, without a doubt, a masterpiece.
To single out a few songs is a little unfair because although, they do, to my ears, excel, the other tunes are by no means filler. Each one is very well written and performed, and, most importantly, no two songs souns the same, nor is any one song forgettable, I am liable to hum any one of them at any given time.
Something else, which I feel deserves praise, is the track layout. This album is one of only four that I've ever heard which I would prefer to not listen to on random play. The sequence of songs is exceptional, with the emotion striking in all the right places, and listening to it all the way through does make you want to fall asleep along to the gentle Butterfly.
All in all, this album is nothing short of excellent, has given me more love for the Blue Album, but has left me scratching my head as to why Rivers seems to like cellos so.