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Review – Weezer "Weezer (Blue Album)" (1994) July 7, 2008

Posted by rawkfistmusic in 1994, Weezer.
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Written by Andrew “Gravity”

Debut albums are a special moment in a band’s life. It’s the disc you’ve spent years thumping around in the garage conceiving, the effort into which nearly all of your time was spent. It’s also the best chance you’ve got at making a statement, but oftentimes that statement is hard to make. Weezer was born into a rock music scene ruled by grungy rock and roll, when men like Kurt Cobain and Scott Weiland ruled the world, and here comes a puny little man named Rivers who writes about the silliest things, and sings tones that match. It doesn’t sound like much of a combination, and for many it wasn’t, but Weezer’s nerdy debut proves to this day it belongs, and set the stage for one of the more unique bands in years.

“My Name Is Jonas” serves as the curtain jerker for the “Blue Album” and does itself quite a fine job. From beginning to end the song is a refreshing alternative rock ditty that prides itself on making serious sound random. The track is the first on an album packed with double-meanings, but even as a casual listen “My Name Is Jonas” has it’s place. It’s catchy, fun and simple. “No One Else” is simply delightful, once again containing an odd pull and unlike the opener seems to serve only as light-hearted fun. “I want a girl who will laugh for no one else, when I’m away she puts her make-up on the shelf” sings Rivers Cuomo, frontman, expressing every man’s desire to be the only man for his woman (right?).

“The World Has Turned and Left Me” continues the trend set by “No One Else” and then Weezer brings in the track that cannot be avoided to this day, “Buddy Holly.” The single released on the rock icon’s 58th birthday (had he survived of course) is possibly the most well-known song that’s been pulled from Weezer’s collection, and rightfully so with it’s upbeat tone and delightfully simple lyrics as evidenced from the first line, “What’s with this homies, dissin’ my girl?” “Undone (The Sweater Song)” is another double meaning delight which intends to be a ballad-esque downer, but that Weezer somehow brings across as sunshiny-bright. Could it be more brilliant?

“Surf Wax America” is the only song I don’t particularly care for as the album plays, it feels like a simple Weezer garage jam session. Though it’s still silly and fun, it’s simply not as hook-laden as the rest of the album. “Say It Ain’t So” of Rock Band fame is a more dumbed-down track that still manages to stand out on this album. It’s slowed down more than previous tracks which makes it instantly noticed as the play begins, and the pace increases as the song continues, concluding with a beautiful falsetto from Cuomo on the final chorus.

“In The Garage” and “Holiday” are about as simply put as other tracks before them, just Weezer being Weezer at that point. Yet each one brings another something special to the table and makes themselves noticed, whether it’s the techno-esque beat of the former, or the catchy guitar-riffing throughout the latter. “Only In Dreams” proves to be an excellent clincher for an excellent disc. A slow beat begins the song and picks up steam with each passing minutes. By the time you hit five minutes are are starting to question where this eight minute long tune is going, a guitar solo kicks in that’ll leave your head spinning for days.

Because of two more self-titled albums of various colors, this one now goes by the name of the “Blue Album” almost unjustly. With a self-titled debut a band brings it’s A game, an emotion and intensity that can almost never be matched on another album. With Weezer the band for which it’s named brings that A game to a whole nother extreme than other bands, and despite being surrounded by grunge rock, they crafted an album that will forever be remembered for creativity and depth, and remains to this day one of the classics of rock and roll. I only shave off a point for reviewer bias. That’s it, I’m just not a HUGE fan.

9 out of 10

Download This – “Buddy Holly”

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