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Widely credited with being the band who kicked off (and merged) the two sub-genres of punk-pop and geek rock, The Green Album is Weezer's attempt to wrestle back their crown from the upstart likes of Blink 182 and Wheatus. The Green Album, recorded nearly five years after their previous album, the widely ignored (but wholly excellent) Pinkerton, sees the band reunited with former Cars frontman Rik Ocasek, who produced their multi-platinum debut way back in 1994. The result is an album of catchy pop gems, more accessible than Pinkerton, and with a quicker pace and more sonic depth than Weezer. Though the high-pitched harmonies of former bassist Matt Sharp are missed (he left to focus on his own band, the Rentals), lead singer/songwriter Rivers Cuomo still has a way with an infectious hook and a sing-along chorus, especially on "Don't Let Go", "Photograph" and "Knockdown Drag Out". The album's first single, "Hash Pipe", kicks off with a bass-heavy, 70s-sounding metal riff, while "Island in the Sun" is as summery as its title suggests. At just over 30-minutes long, The Green Album may leave some listeners feeling a little cheated, but overall, this is a gem of an album, small yet perfectly formed. It is also a worthy return for a band whose influence is undeniable, if under appreciated. --Robert Burrow
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Each song follows the exact same formula as the one before it. Verse, a chorus, second verse, chorus, a solo that mimmicks the verse, a chorus, and the final chord. Thus, everything on the Green album ends up sounding like sixties surf rock.
And this would be an infuriating thing if Rivers Cuomo did not know how to write a good pop song. But the fact remains that he does. His gift for melody is truly his strong point, and the Green album doesn't even try to pretend to be something it isn't.
Of course, the album does run out of steam by the second half. Simple Pages and Glorious Day are nothing to marvel at since they sound like something Cuomo wrote while he was sleeping. But Smile and O Girlfriend save the second side from being a complete bore.
So it's best to look at the Green album as a primer for things to come, like Maladroit and whatever happens in 2004. If you look to it as a massive comeback or a bold artistic statement, you will be disappointed. But take it for what it is: a 28 minute blast of pop.
One thing you'll notice with the lyrics is that they are pretty much straight forward. The band seems to have taken the phrase "Why say it in a paragraph when you can say it in a sentance" to heart with this album. There is no sign of elaborate descriptions in any of these songs, which is both a relief and a downside. On the plus, no cryptic lyrics (if you're not into that). On the downside, not really anything to think deeply about (if that's what you're into).
Here are a few highlights:
Don't Let Go- Driving guitars and some pounding drums. Singing along is a must for the chorus. "Don't let go. Ooh whoah whoa."
Photograph- Interesting opening, leading into the only harmonizing on the album. Followed by more driving guitars, and a simple solo. You'll pick up the melody the first time around.
Hash Pipe- The first single off of the album. Probably the hardest song on the album (by hard I mean hard rock). This shows the singer's strength in hitting the high notes and coming back to the bass notes.
Island in the Sun- Probably the softest song on the album (but it doesn't stay that way for long). Very simple, telling the story of a place to get away.
Glorious Day- Probably my favorite song on the album. Not much to say that I haven't said before. Driving guitars (seeing a pattern yet?) and simple lyrics are on this one too.
Overall, this is a great album. Short, sweet, and to the point. Besides, why play something in an hour when you can play it in half an hour?
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This is better than their red album. The songs on here are more of the rocker type. The only song that I disagree with is "Hash Pipe". Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2012 by Bruiser
This record isnt pinkerton or the blue record but I'd rather listen to this record than any of the fake,emotionless crap that dominates the commercial music world at this... Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by jeremy lawson
Sure, i loved this CD when i first bought it. I actually listened to it all of the time....everywhere. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by Fork Lift
El primer disco de Weezer, me parece bueno. Realmente. Punto. No me parece un GRAN ALBUM. El 2do.....en fin....flojito...pero el 3ro....!! Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by L. Marcelo
So Weezer for several years sat around in each of their own computer rooms writing love letters via instant messenger to japnese women in of all places Japan, whom they would most... Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Tony Moore
If you liked the Blue Album, you'll like the Green Album. It's chock full of catchy pop songs that are much more in the spirit of the Blue Album than Pinkerton. Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by Brian A. Schar