Weezer – Weezer (The Blue Album)

weezerAfter playing some more Guitar Hero 3 on the weekend, I was reminded how good the first Weezer album is. The album’s first song “My Name Is Jonas” is one of the tracks that’s the most fun to play on GH3. With it’s tricky acoustic opening to the big chugging riff, it a great track to play along with. But then the whole album would be perfect for a Guitar Hero game. Weezer (or the Blue Album as it’s sometimes known) is one of the best pop rock albums ever. “Pop rock” sounds like a derivative term, but I’m using it as a high compliment. Even though Weezer is a rock album, it does all the things a good pop album should do: not be too long, have plenty of memorable hooks and be stuffed with singles.

Half of the album’s ten songs could easily have been singles: obviously the catchy as hell “Buddy Holly” was one (along with it’s seminal video) along with the slow building “Undone (the Sweater Song)”. “Say It Ain’t So” was the other single and has a slightly less upbeat tone than the other songs, but it doesn’t sound out of place. But there’s plenty of other songs that could have been a single: “The World Has Turned And Left Me Here” has a big riff but a momentum and great harmonies. “Surf Wax USA” has a pounding rhythm and a great break down in the middle. Although the rest of the album is good

The deluxe edition of Weezer came with a second disc of some b-sides and demo recordings. For a change, these are actually quite good: “Jamie” and “Susanne” are both songs that could have easily been put on the album with a bit of polish. The live versions are really pretty punchy and swap some of the album’s great mix for sheer power on the guitars. Still on it’s own, Weezer is still a great album and sadly one the band haven’t been able to equal ever since.

Weezer – Buddy Holly:

Weezer – Undone (The Sweater Song):


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