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|6. The Good Life|
|7. El Scorcho|
|8. Pink Triangle|
|9. Falling For You|
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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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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
One of the most open albums, Rivers does not hold any emotions back for this one!! Amazing!!Published 9 months ago by Satjeevan
I never heard this album until purchasing this deluxe set... and I'm sad that I waited all these years to listen to Pinkerton. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2013 by Peter Green
Great Album. Completely under rated. Butterfly is a masterpeice as is Falling for You as is The Good Life. Please buy. Music has rarely sounded so good or so melodic.Published on May 24 2005 by David Holland
Pinkerton is not only Rivers Cuomo's (mostly cycnical)realization that he is going to get old, but it's Weezer's best album, start to finish. Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by David M. Elliott
People seem to be upset with this work of weezer because it is so different than its predecessor, the blue album. Well, it's not the blue album. But it is still obviously Weezer. Read morePublished on June 18 2004
So-- its 1996 and Weezer has recently blown up the world with their first CD. Problem: theyve been classified into the "one hit wonder" category. Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Sean K. Lauderback
Unsure if you will buy this record or not, just listen to tracks 6 and on as a sample. There a little something for everyone there. Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by Nga Nguyen
After Blue Album Weezer must have contracted the disease known as emotitis or something, because all the syptoms point to this band being all emo and stuff. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Tony Moore