Everyone knows and loves Weezer – they are the quintessential “nerd rock” band; their music is simple but still recognizable. Their first album (self-titled, though referred to by fans as The Blue Album) is considered one of the finest albums of the 90’s. The entire album – all 9 tracks – are basically considered hits, but the ones that really stand out are “Say It Ain’t So,” “Sweater Song (Undone),” “Buddy Holly,” and “My Name is Jonas.”
Two years later, in 1996, Weezer released their second album – Pinkerton.
What happened? Well, the album was a flop. It was not very well-received and it was generally disliked by fans and critics alike. Rivers Cuomo, the frontman, didn’t release another album for 5 years. Now, 14 years after the original release of Pinkerton, the album is considered legendary. The album is going to be re-released sometime this year with a second disk, complete with 25 unreleased and never-before-heard tracks.
Although many are thrilled, others say the band is selling out.
Last year, Weezer released Raditude. The album severely lacks the raw rock energy of Blue Album, and instead, it focuses a lot more on electronic influence and guest appearances by well-known rappers, most noticeably Lil Wayne.
This isn’t even rock anymore. It’s much much more “pop- ish” and mainstream (though Weezer was already pretty mainstream) and there are only four chords in the entire song; its simplicity only goes to show how popular music is changing. But is it a good change?
I, for one, appreciate Weezer for their older work – but this newer, more experimental work has no place in their discography.
Is it possible Cuomo is just trying to milk the band for all it’s worth?
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