Weezer (The Green Album) IGN record review
|Studio album by Weezer|
|Released||May 15, 2001|
|Weezer (The Green Album)
Reviewer: "JR" (IGN)
Publishing date: December 12, 2007
James Bond and Batman made "reboots" glamorous, but there was nothing epic about Weezer's 2001 comeback (christened The Green Album in light of its cover art). At a lean 28 minutes and with nary a guitar solo in sight, Green is as spartan as power-pop gets. It followed a hiatus of tremendous length and was the lynchpin in whether old Weezer followers would take the band back while newcoming interlopers assessed Rivers Cuomo's undeniable gift for pop melody. Of course, it was a smashing success, but we as Weezer fans are perpetually malcontent and many of us resent this candy-coated nugget.
The band was wise enough to acknowledge that they couldn't cobble together a Pinkerton II, nor would Rivers have wanted to. It follows necessarily that old-school fans would take umbrage with Green's sonic and lyrical simplicity. It was like being handed a glass of Franzia during an expensive French wine tasting. But even Franzia has its place, and Green's place is inside your car deck, when the windows are down and it's the first day of spring.
"Don't Let Go" kicks off a decalogy of songs, any one of which could have been a successful single. Generic lyrics about love supplement golden melodies; Green pleases the ear more than the brain. If you can divorce yourself from pretension and accept cotton candy for what it is, you'll get a hell of a lot of mileage out of Green. It's a pile of above-average songs by a great band. That's either agreeable to you or it isn't.
IGN's Rating Description (7.0 - 7.9): - A mostly good album, but one with some obvious problems. Albums scoring in the upper end of the range are likely to be solid, but not crucial.