Weezer is possibly one of the most ironically iconic musical groups out there. Many fans from far and wide listen to the lovely melodies and poetic lyricism, and many others like to have a laugh at the memes of varying quality.
However, Weezer is a band which has struggled to really capture much real success outside of their very early works. While Weezer's first two studio albums, Weezer and Pinkerton, were received incredibly well by fans, and their third, Weezer (Green Album), was at least moderately successful, most of their catalogue has been quite oversaturated with stinkers. One thing that you should keep in mind when having deep and incredibly meaningful discussions about Weezer is that often if someone claims to be a "Weezer fan," they probably specifically mean that they are a fan of Weezer's first two albums, and maybe a couple songs from some of the later albums.
These "Weezer Classics" remain something of an enigma given their super high marks in comparison to the rest of the band's discography.
Weezer's first album was the iconic Weezer. Due to the solid color of the background on the album cover and the repeated usage of the title Weezer, for their albums, the title "Blue Album" is another common moniker that this album takes. As far as the "Weezer" albums go, the Blue Album is without a doubt in the highest tier of them all. While the music might not hold up especially well to all modern ears, this ignores the context of when this album came out. While we may have heard many songs that are reminiscent of the Blue Album, the alternative rock style was much more unexplored in 1994 than it has been since. The theming is all around a bit hard to define just from how "normal" or "basic" it sounds to a general audience. It would probably best be described as a reflection of the zeitgeist of the middle class in the mid-90s.
With this in mind, I feel it is much easier to appreciate the songs of Blue Album. While certain ones might be a bit boring, namely "Only In Dreams," due to its near 8 minute duration, there is no denying that most of the song list is super catchy. At the very least, there is certainly some amount of payoff for listening to each song all the way through, which is very much the case for the more popular tracks, like "Buddy Holly," or "Say It Ain't So."
The next masterpiece is Pinkerton, which was very different from Blue Album. For one, the songwriting was much more personal, with many songs having themes based on Rivers Cuomo's own experiences. The production also reflects the more emotional side of Weezer with much harsher sounds, fluctuating tempos, and intentionally out of tune sections. This heavy emotional theme gives Pinkerton a much bigger reason to be taken seriously, even with the presence of humorous songs such as "Pink Triangle," where Rivers talks about falling in love with a girl only to realize she's a lesbian. Most of the album takes things pretty seriously, though, with all of the songs focusing on various types of romantic grievances, which is a topic which requires at least a slightly straight face.
The major differences between the two albums really leaves it up to personal preference which is considered the best Weezer album. I obviously really enjoy both albums a lot, and my opinion on which is better honestly depends on the mood I'm in and whatever music I've been listening to recently. As I am adding this sentence, I think Pinkerton is very slightly winning out.
While these two albums are the definitive Weezer Classics, there are others that are at least decent albums on their own. I will list them all very quickly
- Weezer (Green Album)
- Weezer (Red Album)
- Everything Will Be Alright In The End
- Weezer (White Album)
- OK Human
|You may come to your own conclusions on the quality of these albums|