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Weezer - Weezer (Green Album) Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 May 2001


Weezer (2001)
format: CD
label: Geffen Records
release year: 2001
performance: 7
sound 6
reviewed by: Jerry Del Colliano

ImageWeezer is a band filled with dorks who successfully play the role to the hilt. With a career based on novelty songs like "Buddy Holly" and musical hooks so sharp they could snare the most jaded of listeners, Weezer has quickly become one of alternative rock’s biggest acts. With an obvious influence from Van Halen, Weezer is back with a self-titled record that is packed with short, cute pop tunes that feature repetitive, droning guitar rhythms and sugary sweet choruses that FM radio immediately picked up on.

"Hash Pipe" is just stupid enough as a song for me to like it. With a cheesy back and forth, heavy metal-inspired riff, "Hash Pipe" builds to a musical explosion from Prince-esque (yet hardly in tune) falsetto vocals into a chorus that hooks you with loosely arranged backup vocals that sound almost as if Michael Anthony was producing the session. He wasn’t. The format of the song is very straightforward and, if you can ignore the sheer lack of musical talent, "Hash Pipe" kinda sounds like an early (but very sloppy) Van Halen tune.

"Island In The Sun" is arranged somewhat like a Sheryl Crow song, yet it leads right into the typically whiny Weezer vocal style. At the chorus, with the vocal harmonies in full effect, "Islands In The Sun" hits full stride and makes for a neat little tune that has serious hit potential.

The lead-off tune "Don’t Let Go" is the most familiar Weezer song on the new record and does a good job of starting the record (in true Van Halen tradition) at a breakneck pace. The tune is sparsely assembled. but moves so quickly that you don’t really take time to labor over the simplicity of the tune. You just keep grooving.

The audio quality of Weezer’s self-titled record is moderate at best. I wouldn’t go so far as to compliment the act by saying they have replicated the legendary Eddie Van Halen "brown sound" found on Van Halen albums between Van Halen 1 and 1984. Weezer sounds grungier than that. For serious high-end audio enthusiasts, it is worth mentioning that the record was recorded in Los Angeles at Cello Studios, formerly Oceanway. Ironically, Cello founder and audio icon Mark Levinson would absolutely hate a record such as Weezer.

With lyrics like "You got your problems – I’ve got my hash pipe," you’ve gotta know this is a band that doesn’t take itself too seriously and this is exactly what I like about Weezer. These guys know they are geeks and they know are no Van Halens, but they still get up and rock with tunes people really like. At a running time of little more than 28 minutes, you really do have to ask "Where’s the beef?", but once again, the best Van Halen records were barely longer than Weezer. This band is good for a good time with lots of musical enthusiasm. They are far from talented musicians, but they are excellent at writing catchy modern tunes. Weezer’s self-titled record could be a winner as a summer CD for road trips and barbecues.

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