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  • Audio CD (Sept. 25 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000000OVP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 424 customer reviews
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1. Tired Of Sex
2. Getchoo
3. No Other One
4. Why Bother?
5. Across The Sea
6. The Good Life
7. El Scorcho
8. Pink Triangle
9. Falling For You
10. Butterfly

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A hit single can be a bit of a mixed blessing for new bands, especially if said song gets you firmly lumped into the "novelty band" category. Such was the case with Weezer, whose runaway hit "Buddy Holly" touched a global nerve upon its release, then got on everyone's nerves after months of radio saturation. However, it did ensure that they sold millions of copies of their self-titled debut. Which is why it's so strange that their second album, Pinkerton, was soundly ignored. Perhaps it was down to that album's wilfully non-commercial first single, "El Scorcho", which crashed and burned out of the charts at a rate of speed usually reserved for the likes of Gary Barlow. Whatever the reason, Pinkerton soon disappeared without a trace, which is a shame because it's actually a great album. Whereas Weezer had the band revelling in their geek rock image, Pinkerton saw singer / songwriter Rivers Cuomo maturing as a lyricist: From opening track "Tired Of Sex", which rants about the frustrating easiness of groupies, to the New Wave pop of "Getchoo", to the sheer, unadulterated epic genius of "The Good Life", the songs are much more diverse than the Pixies-influenced bouncey grunge of their debut. With the closing solo acoustic lament of "Butterfly", Rivers Cuomo hints at his mastery of the pop song as an art form, suggesting great things from this reformed geek in the future. --Robert Burrow

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"Pinkerton" is the greatest album ever made! Alright, don't let the being rated "worst album of 96'" by Rolling Stone scare you. They have people who love rap reviewing Weezer albums for Jeff's sake! I have owned "Pinkerton" for about 4 years now and still listen to it at least once a day. Every song is an immaculately crafted piece of emotion and feeling on Rivers Coumo's part. You are not a Weezer fan unless you own and love "Pinkerton". The best songs are "Across the Sea" and "Pink Triangle". It's true, Pinkerton was before its time. Unfortunately, Weezer got a lot of flack for it just because the general public wanted another Blue Album which was also a great c.d. but not in the same class as "Pinkerton". Music should be for the fans, not the public. Pinkerton was for the fans, but mainly for Rivers. If a musician has enough guts to put himself on the line for a c.d. he believes in, that is worth something, when he makes an album like "Pinkerton", that is magic. "Pinkerton" is a new generation's "Catcher in the Rye". I'm not a fan of whiny loser teenage rock, basically, I hate any song that has the lyric "back in high school" in it. Pinkerton has no songs with that oh so dragon slaying phrase in it, yet, it stills delivers emotion without being whiny and assenine. There is not enough I can say about Pinkerton besides you should buy this album and listen to it as frequently as possible. Even if you don't like it at first, it will grow on you. Here you me, this is true.
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It's tough to kick off a review of one of the most unbelieveable albums you can buy. So why not start with the beginning?
From the very first song, "Tired of Sex," you can see the greatness this CD has to offer. This song is filled with angry, powerful lyrics expressing Cuomo's intent to find a true relationship rather than pointless flings. The vocals are very strong, and the guitar solo around the two minute mark is sensational. Possibly the best song on the album.
"Getchoo" is another power song, fast and hard. Along the same lines as the previous song, expressing his intent to settle down with someone. However, it is told in a very different way than the other, makingt the theme not at all redundant. Not as good as the previous song, but still a good listen.
"No Other One" is probably the worst song on the album, but it is still better than most bands can do. The lightly sung song is strongest lyrically, with clever phrases and pleasant harmonies.
"Why Bother" is a song I love, with a direct chorus that's easy to memorize. The lyrics are just as clever as "No Other One" but this song is comically pessimistic, with a nice little guitar solo to round it off.
"Across the Sea" is one of the most astounding Weezer songs there is. It is such a geniusly constructed song, with an excellent intro, beautiful lyrics, a winning chorus, and a spectacular ending. The thing that sets this off from others songs is its climax, something rarely seen in rock songs. I cannot express my love for this song.
"The Good Life" is another instant-classic. The simple, fleshed out guitar bumping melodies and catchy lyrics make this the most commercially appealing song on Pinkerton.
"El Scorcho" is both overrated and underrated at the same time.
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In Weezer's sophomore album, Pinkerton, Cuomo fashions himself as Captain Pinkerton, Cio-Cio San's love interest in the Giacomo Puccini opera, "Madame Butterfly". The opera is a tale of a beautiful geisha woman who falls in love with an American Navy Captain.
They are married, but Pinkerton returns to America in search of a "real" American wife, and leaves Butterfly and her unborn son in Nagasaki for two years.
When he returns, it is with his new wife to collect his son. Then, out of despair, Madame Butterfly committs suicide.
Weezer's first release, "The Blue Album", was a kaleidoscope of catchy melodies and sweet and simple radio-bite songs like "Buddy Holly", and "The Sweater Song". But yet in the last bombastic and soaring 8 minutes of "Only In Dreams", we are able to peer into the tragic and dreamy depths of Cuomo that he so brazenly bares in Pinkerton.
Pinkerton opens with the harsh and brash cords of "Tired Of Sex". Disillusioned by the glittery emptiness of fame, he hates himself for being a 'slut', for not being a 'slut', and for wishing he was.
Tracks 2 and 3, "Getchoo" and "No Other One", are not my personal favorites of the album, but can only be said to be weak in the light of their dazzling companions.
"Across the Sea" where Cuomo expresses his love for a Japanese fan, his Butterfly across the sea.
"The Good Life" is a nostalgic jump-start song influenced by the hiatus he took due to a painful leg operation, "El Scorcho" a fun rant (though probably not intended to be fun) about his japanese infatuations, "Pink Triangle" the hopelessness of falling in love with a lesbian, Falling For You", and the contemplative closing lament "Butterfly", (which all too keenly echoes the despair of Cpt. Pinkerton at the end of Madame Butterfly).
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