TITLE: Weezer (The Green Album)
YEAR RELEASED: 2001
CHART ACTION: #4 US, #31 UK
SINGLES: Hash Pipe (#106 US, #2 Alternative, #24 Mainstream, #21 UK), Island in the Sun (#111 US, #11 UK, #31 UK), Photograph (#17 Alternative)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Don’t Let Go.
LINEUP: Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, Mikey Welsh
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After a delay, Weezer’s back with no real change of sound.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The pain, the shame, and the bad press of Pinkerton soon moved into like and love for the album from the cult of Weezer, but their next release, (The Green Album), moved the band back to their familiar roots with hooks and choruses like always, but the lyrics non-confessional.
The sound was harder edged than their original album, so they didn’t scrap the Pinkerton musical vibe, and the songs were catchy as ever. But the shine was gone from the mainstream, and just the alternative folks were buying into it.
Musically, it’s a good album. Short, but to the point and not a lot of filler. It fits pretty well in their canon, and you could do worse, especially in 2001.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They changed bass players to Mikey Welsh, and then he left soon after the album was recorded.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, in Japan and the UK.
GRADE: A-: Hooks and choruses and not much filler.