Weezer – Pinkerton Reissue Weezer – Pinkerton Reissue

Weezer - Pinkerton Reissue

“I’ve got a number of irrational fears, that I’d like to share with you.”

Pinkerton is the exception, the rare cult hero that deserves to be a cult hero. Che Guevera ain’t got shit on 1996-Rivers Cuomo. While The Blue Album had some moments of utter perfection (“Surf Wax America” and “No One Else”), it lacked the punch to be anything more than a fun-times album. You can’t take it serious. Sure, it’s better than most music, but when Rivers yelps “your drug is a heartbreaker” it’s kind of hard not to cringe. Pinkerton, on the other hand, wears it’s heart on it’s sleeve for all to dismiss, ignore, or embrace with giant open arms.

Everyone knows Weezer sucks ass now and I could dedicate this whole review to our love/hate relationship, but I’d rather relish in the past and pretend it’s still 1996. Merging delicate and melodic emo with bruising arena-rock, Weezer hit a note thousands have failed to replicate. It’s just SUCH a good album. Whether it’s Rivers’ creepy ballad to a teenage Japanese girl’s bedroom (“I wonder what clothes you wear to school, I wonder how you decorate your room”) or his creepy ballad to a “damn half-Japanese girl” (“You said you never heard of [Green Day] so I went to your room and read your dairy”), the lyrics are so awkward, but perfect because of it. His over-sharing is needed brutal honesty in a mainstream music landscape dedicated to forties and Cadillacs.

No one album I’ve ever heard before so perfectly captures adolescence. A really, really awkward time full of awkward feelings, but a generally happy time. Despite the melancholy lyrics, it’s obvious the band is having more than a blast screaming “I’m dumb, she’s a lesbian, I thought I had found the one.”

That’s why it hurts so much that the album is only ten songs, but the 2010 reissue amends that, adding countless live and alternative versions of the album’s a-sides and adding some wonderful b-sides. All of the b-sides are great, all of them could have easily been added to the album seamlessly. The live and “radio” versions of the a-sides are kind of overkill, but still provide a good listen. If you have never heard Pinkerton, just get the original version and fall in love with it, but if you’re already a die-hard fan, this reissue should help satisfy a hunger for more songs by one of the best bands ever, Weezer circa 1994-1996.

Disc: 1

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. ButterflyB-Sides and More:

Disc: 2

1. You Won’t Get With Me Tonight*

2. The Good Life (Live at Y100 Sonic Session)*

3. El Scorcho (Live at Y100 Sonic Session)*

4. Pink Triangle (Live at Y100 Sonic Session)*

5. Why Bother? (Live at Reading Festival 1996)*

6. El Scorcho (Live at Reading Festival 1996)*

7. Pink Triangle (Live at Reading Festival 1996)*

8. The Good Life (Live at X96)

9. El Scorcho (Live and Acoustic)*

10. Across The Sea Piano Noodles*

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