Weezer (Green Album) - Weezer
Rock & Pop - StudioRecording - 1 CD(s) - Label: Universal International, Geffen - Distributor: Proper Note, Universal Music - Released: 09/07/2001 - 6...
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Review of "Weezer (Green Album) - Weezer"
"The Green Album" was released by Weezer in 2001 after a five year absence from the world of commercial releases, and created more Weezer fans than either of their previous albums.The album is very different to their first two. Comparitively, it lacks the feeling and determination you can hear in the first two. Singer/songwriter/lead guitarist Rivers Cuomo's voice does actually sound like he's merely reading his lyrics from a piece of paper, not singing them from the heart. However, this album definitely has it's place on my CD shelf and is an excellent album overall.
To begin with, what I couldn't get used to was the polished pop sound of the whole album. Weezer had always had a pop-like feeling to them, but the first two albums seem so much more rock, and although the guitars are as crunchy and overdriven as ever (especially on the single "Hash Pipe"), the songs sounded a little (dare I say it?) bland and lifeless... at first, that is.And like with Weezer's first and second albums, after a few listens it began to grow on me a lot. Perhaps I was expecting too much, hoping for a repeat of my favourite album of all time, their 1996 release "Pinkerton". It certainly didn't match that in any field, but it is a genuinely good album.
The melodies are so infectuous you'll be singing them for weeks. The lyrics are memorable, and the harmonies are very 60s!I would definitely recommend this album to anybody that wants a great, although lyrically meaningless album to listen to on a sunny day.
Weezer's Green Album lineup:
Rivers Cuomo - vocals, lead guitar
Brian Bell - rhythm guitar
Pat Wilson - drums
Mikey Welsh - bass
TRACK BY TRACK
"Don't Let Go" - a great opener, with lovey-dovey lyrics that are sung with such lack of passion it actually sounds pretty cool! A very memorable tune."Photograph" - one of the best on the album, with an unforgettable tune and some great 60s style backing vocals and handclaps.
"Hash Pipe" - a catchy single that most people will remember from the sumo wrestler video. The vocals have more testicular fortitude than most other tracks on the album, although the song generally irritates me a little, and has done since before it was released as a single."Island in the Sun" - the Real McCoy-like track that nearly everybody who watched music television in summer 2001/2002 will know (the video featured Weezer and some animals), and the infamous "hip hip" backing vocal. A very pleasant track, very well written.
"Crab" - quite a tedious track with a catchy enough tune but weird lyrics and quite an annoying tension about it."Knock-down Drag-out" - my favourite track on the album, with an extremely memorable tune, with a great happy but sad feeling to it.
"Smile" - quite a beautiful track with an interesting tune."Simple Pages" - not quite filler but not quite good either. One of Weezer's worst tracks.
"Glorious Day" - filler!"O Girlfriend" - a very pretty track, well produced and sung with a lot of feeling!
"I Do" - only features on the UK version of the album. Should have been left off to be honest. It's a nice enough track but "O Girlfriend" was a good ending... much better than this short, depressing track.
Product Information : Weezer (Green Album) - Weezer
Manufacturer's product descriptionRock & Pop - StudioRecording - 1 CD(s) - Label: Universal International, Geffen - Distributor: Proper Note, Universal Music - Released: 09/07/2001 - 606949306120
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