After the success of Weezer's first self-titled album, or "The Blue Album" as fans affectionately call it, frontman/singer/songwriter/musical genius Rivers Cuomo went into hiding. Well, he grew a beard, enrolled at Harvard for his first semester, and would constantly be full of pain due to a leg brace that he had to crank almost a half-an-inch to lengthen one leg. Who'd want to go out after that? Clearly not Rivers. Needless to say, he became a recluse and painted his walls and windows black. He even disconnected his phone. And in this room, which many would consider depressing and uninspiring, Rivers wrote arguably the best and most relatable songs he'd ever written.
Songs about being lovelorn and lost. Songs about being tired of groupie sex, then wanting to get back to the "good life." Songs about wanting a girl whom you can't have, all layered over beautiful vocals, distorted angry guitars, pounding drums, melodies, and climaxes. A line from the song "El Scorcho" states the whole mood of the album: "How stupid is it? I can't talk about it, I gotta sing about it and make a record of my heart. How stupid is it? Won't ya give me a minute? Just come up to me and say hello to my heart. How stupid is it? For all I know you want me to, maybe you just don't know what to do, or maybe you're scared to say 'I'm falling for you'".
Sound familiar? This is the palate for most of today's emo-rock bands. And you'd think this album would be a smash hit, right? Wrong. Pinkerton was way ahead of it's time. Like "voted 2nd worst album of 1996 in Rolling Stone" ahead of it's time .
Due to this and a shear lack of any mainstream support, Rivers became very depressed, and the band went on "hiatus." In the years following the hiatus, emo-rock had gotten popular and Pinkerton was now a "cult-classic." Bands playing through chants of "Weezer! Weezer!" at their coveted 1999 Warped Tour return knew something was up, and there was definitely a certain vibe in the air of things starting to come around for Rivers and Co. Of course what followed was the "Green Album " and mass success from there.
As far as the worshiped '96 album goes nowadays, Rolling Stone Magazine recently re-reviewed it and gave it 5 stars and put it in their hall of fame.
So you're looking for something you can relate to in a pseudo emo-rock way. Well, from the raunchy solos and rock of "Tired of Sex", to the beautiful acoustic album closer "Butterfly", Pinkerton's rollercoaster ride is right for you.
This album is unbelievable. I was like 12 when this cd comes out. I still have the original copy I got the year it came out. Never get tired of listening to it. A classic in every sense of the word. Emo and dark without being (nirvana grunge) well before its time. Good call.