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Weezer

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All-Reviews.com Music Review: Weezer

Artist: Weezer
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: May 1994


Review by LarryG
3 stars out of 4

Weezer's debut had the energy and enthusiasm of four regular guys who were just happy to be playing the music they loved. The record, produced by Ric Ocasek of the Cars, is fun, raw garage rock. The guys can play. The music sounds like the band has spent hundreds of hours practicing, getting their sound together. Buddy Holly was justifiably a hit. The band creates a big sound with Brian Bell and Rivers Cuomo's meaty power chords. Cuomo's lyrics about standing together with his girl, picturing them as idealized classic versions of themselves(Buddy Holly and Mary Tyler Moore) are really sweet. The song has nice flourishes, like a sprinkling of cheesy keyboards(which foreshadow Matt Sharp's later work with the Rentals) and Bell's rock star solo, but nothing slows the song's great momentum. Weezer has a fairly huge cult following and a big reason is that the band comes across as people not much different from their fans. In the Garage is the fun story of a nerd who can escape a mocking world in his musical sanctuary. On Undone(the Sweater song) the pain Cuomo's girlfriend has caused him seems real as she watches him unravel. The emotion is matched by the cool guitar noise on the chorus. Say It Ain't So has even more contrast. The verses are delivered deadpan. The choruses explode with rageful power chords. Throughout their debut record, the band seems to be having a good time. Surf Wax America, their silly, fast rocking update of a Beach Boys song about surfing to work is giddy fun.

Weezer is good rock, fun and unpretentious. It has fun with guitar noise but always has a great sense of melody. Weezer's next CD, Pinkerton was also quite good. It is filled with big rockers and better produced. The band tried to be more adult, but still had a sense of fun. Pinkerton wasn't nearly as successful. Obviously, listeners prefered the innocent charm of the debut.

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