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It’s there second biggest selling album. It was massively more popular than Pinkerton, meaning it was immediately listened to by vastly more people than that album (not saying it’s better, because it’s not – Pinkerton is much better). Hash Pipe and Island In The Sun were both HUGE on radio and Mtv (including TRL). Yes, the album is short, but so are literally a MILLION punk albums. It was a return to the spotlight and a level of recognition very few people expected, including the band. Meaning, they made the album they set out to make. The tours for that album got bigger and bigger and were the first to be attended by two “generations” of Weezer fans (and maybe four or five factions – one for each album, one for “old” Weezer and one for “new” Weezer). Sure, there were people who didn’t like it. There are people who don’t like every album, including Weezer’s. However, the amount of Weezer fans who claim NOW that they didn’t like this album far outweighs the reality that I remember.
Mike Campbell guitar on the first track?
And it’s revisionist history brought about by peoples frustration with Make Believe through Hurley to say otherwise.
I could not possibly disagree with you more about the Green Album and your repeated insistence that it’s “lifeless” and otherwise terrible really put me off caring about your review for EWBAITE, an album I’ve been looking forward to. Island In The Sun and Simple Pages are two of the greatest songs to ever appear on a Weezer album. Every other song on that album is better than anything from Make Believe through Hurley, and not that far behind Blue and Pinkerton. For that matter, so is pretty much everything on Maladroit. Dismissing anything after Pinkerton is such a lazy, simple way to deal with their admittedly uneven output on later albums.
That being said, once you get around to actually talking about the music on the new album I enjoyed your review. Well thought out and well written.
Are you saying that anything on TKOL reaches that level?
Yes. Emphatically. With passion.
Man, that is so good. The video, I think, is the repeating cycle of life, growth, experience, possibly generational. The song is haunting, though, and it’s the lyrics to that I haven’t quite sorted out yet. Seems to be a bit about what is lacking in a failed relationship as well as achieving freedom from it… maybe familial, maybe personal… not sure.
Anybody who honestly believes that TKOL is a better album than In Rainbows needs to grow some new ears.
Oooh no, no, no, no. TKOL is better than In Rainbows? Just, no.