Weezer - Weezer (Blue Album)
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Weezer (The Blue Album)Aptly Available on Blue-Colored Vinyl: Mobile Fidelity Numbered 180g LP Mastered from the OriginalMaster Tapes, Features Superb Room-Filling Sonics
1990s' Ultimate Geek-Rock Record: Ranked #297 onRolling Stone's List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Includes "Buddy Holly," "Undone (The Sweater Song)," and "Say It Ain't So"
Weezerdoesn't look like rock stars, its amusing name doesn't evoke stadium-heights glories, and the group's lyrics don't exude confidence or flash. For precisely these reasons, and the fact that the band's songs on its self-titled debut are the stuff of air-guitar dreams and shout-it-out choruses, the quartet became ironic arena-rock stars equally celebrated by in-the-know hipsters and mainstream radio listeners.Replete with urgent melodies, quirky confessional narratives, wry humor, and gargantuan hooks,Weezer (Blue Album)remains the best geek-rock record ever made.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g blue-colored vinyl at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's analog version of the 1994 releaseRolling Stonenamed the 297th greatest albumever recorded finally possesses the grand-scale sonics that the music's bunker-busting hooks deserve.CarsfrontmanRic Ocasek's polished production is now both free of artificial ceilings that squashed the explosive dynamics and rid of the compression that saddled the frequency range. Instrumental separation is vastly improved, and the amount of midrange energy seemingly doubled. This reissue is guaranteed to help you rock out.
Underdogs and misfits,Weezeremerged from Los Angeles as nerdy kids that eschewed traditional party-hard ways in favor of studyingKissrecords, engaging in conversations about old LPs, and playing Dungeons and Dragons. The band's awkwardness joyfully translates in its songs on its 1994 debut, largely concerned with jealous insecurities, pop culture, true-to-life heartbreak, common accidents, youthful misconceptions, and daydreaming. Unlike many of their indie-rock peers,Weezerfinds no need to conceal feelings in obscurities, snark, or impossibly impenetrable quirkiness.
While every song onWeezeris a delight, "In the Garage," the ultimate ode to a heavy-metal practice space and private musical retreat, best spells out the album's appeal and the band's intent. "I've got an electric guitar/I play my stupid songs/I write these stupid words/And I love every one/Waiting there for me/Yes I do, I do/In the garage/No one cares about my ways/In the garage where I belong" sings leaderRivers Cuomo, his voice often meshing with that ofMatt Sharp, and giving the material a barbershop-quartet harmonic boost in line with the catchiness of the guitar-driven bridges and rhythmic foundations.
More than three-times platinum, theBlue Album, as it's often called, also claims an iconic cover that pays tribute to that of theFeelies'Crazy Rhythms. The picture – as well as the bubblegum-inspired content within – has become an indelible part of modern culture.Weezergraces must-have lists fromRolling Stone, Pitchfork, Guitar World, and more. And needless to say, "My Name Is Jonas," "Say It Ain't So," "Buddy Holly," and "Undone (The Sweater Song)" are all modern classics.
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