(Above: Rivers Cuomo and his first guitar, given to him for his 14th birthday in 1984.)
Here’s the thing about writing about Weezer: unless we’re talking about their first two albums, the conversation becomes redundant and it becomes redundant quick.
See, the thing about the Green Album is that Rivers just gave up on Weezer; he just completely gave up.
Maladroit is utterly unremarkable rock’n’roll lacking any depth from the real rock music Weezer made with Pinkerton.
The Red Album continues Weezer’s decent into the most predictable, boring, emotionless band around.
Hurley is a step up from Raditude, but is that really saying much? The lyrical creativity is still gone. Come back, Rivers, come back! See the light!
See what I mean?
There are a handful of really great songs on every post-Pinkerton record Weezer’s put out, so to avoid redundancy until I get to Pinkerton and Blue Album (tomorrow and Saturday, mark your calendars!), I’ll be going through some of the highlights as well as my personal favorites from Hurley, Red, Maladroit, and Green (that’s in order of least to most favorite, by the way).