|1. Don't Let Go|
|3. Hash Pipe|
|4. Island In The Sun|
|6. Knock Down Drag Out|
|8. Simple Pages|
|9. Glorious Day|
|10. O Girlfriend|
The First Weezer record is a fine one.Really is. Period. Not a GREAT ONE. The 2nd, well.....not too good...but the 3rd one....What a grat album is the Green Album! A short one, passionate, delightful...Breathless, hit and hit, one great song after another great song. A work of genius.
The only reason I give this 4 stars instead of 5 is its length. 28 minutes? Even LPs and 8-track tapes had more than 28 minutes of music on them. This should have been combined with "Maladroit" and released as a single CD of a more reasonable length.
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.