Classic Album: Weezer - Pinkerton
Classic Album: Weezer - Pinkerton
- Genre : Rock
- Type: News
- Author : Super Admin
- Date : Mon, 21 Dec 2015
(DGC) Disillusioned and tired, Rivers Cuomo uses Weezer's sophomore release Pinkerton to scream about how dreadful of a f*** he really is. The brooding loner who is "tired of sex," but can't bring himself to talk to that "half-Japanese girl" who "shreds the cello" is letting everyone in on a little secret – behind those thick black frames he's miserable and PISSED. Pinkertonis an anthem for the indie rocker slugging beers to Joy Division in their dorm room, whilst talking about how dumb everyone heading to that party across campus is. And, it's certainly not the sunny power pop of Weezer's self-titled debut.
Created during breaks before and throughout Cuomo's first year at Harvard, Pinkerton took the place of what was going to be a science fiction rock opera. Instead, it's a 35-minute introspective storm that looks into River Cuomo's darker parts and his realization that being a rock star is not quite all it's cracked up to be. On opener "Tired of Sex," the rocker laments about how he can't find true love, while he continues to "make it" with a different girl each night. The lyrics are raw and vulnerable. As an album, it's closer to Nirvana's self-hating grunge than the Blue Album's coy we're-just-a-little-different pop flavorings.
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Pinkerton was recorded to sound live. The drums are brutal, the vocals are upfront and frighteningly literal, and the guitars crash with palpable rage. Weezer did not hire a producer for the album, and instead opted to record the album themselves. Rivers, guitarist Brian Bell, and bassist Matt Sharp recorded all of their vocals together to help give the album a live feel, and over three separate multi-week sessions in New York, Van Nuys, and Los Angeles, the band put together Pinkerton. The songs are sequenced more or less in the order that they were written, giving the album its story-like quality.
More Holden Caulfield than Buddy Holly, Pinkerton rages about almost dangerous adolescent emotions. No, as Salinger would state, Rivers is "not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior," or is he "by no means alone on that score," but he is like "many, many men… troubled morally and spiritually." The subject matter can make some a bit uncomfortable, from the stocker-ish tendencies of "El Scorcho," where Rivers goes into his obsession's room and reads her diary, to on "Across the Sea," when he sniffs an 18-year-old Japanese girl's letters to him while wondering how she touches herself. But it's the brutal honesty of all these emotions that makes Pinkerton a complex rarity. He's dealing with being worshiped but alone, being able to get laid, but not able to find love.
Pinkerton remains an outlier among Weezer albums. None of the tracks go down easy like "Beverly Hills." There is no implicit pop irony, no soon to be over-played platinum hit like "Hash Pipe." It's a raw, emotionally driven record that deals directly with Rivers' feelings about being a terrified young rock star. It's frank, unsatisfied, angst-injected rock, and it makes no apologies for it.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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