I don’t think Weezer is ever going to make a record as good as Pinkerton. Their second album followed up on the success of The Blue Album with a collection of songs that revealed frontman Rivers Cuomo’s worst personal thoughts about women and new-found fame. It’s a lyrically uncomfortable album but somehow beautiful. It was also a financial failure.
That’s too bad because every subsequent Weezer record seems to be specifically designed to sell copies without revealing anything personal about the band. A bunch of perfectly composed, superficial, dumb pop songs. If you like that trend you’ll probably love Pacific Daydream. You’ll be treated to Cuomo’s trademark guitar riffs and off-kilter, nerdy song subjects. A guitar-playing, computer-programmer, physicist who is the singer in her band. Algebra. Giving it up for The Beach Boys. A “Meat is Murder” t-shirt.
It’s a fine record and easy to listen to, but I’m looking forward to the-much-promised Black Album, planned by Cuomo to focus on “more mature topics” and be “less summer day and more winter night.”
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