All their studio albums are great.
I'm 31 and have been a Weezer fan since 94...
I was def. one of those fans who were Pinketon/Blue diehards and disliked Raditude etc.
But....After the Memories tour I really dove back into listening to all the albums and I have to say they are all really solid records.
Yes Blue and Pinkerton will always mean more to me but I was a teenager. There was so much going on then emotionally.. the music just meant more to me. Just from a music standpoint though Green, Maladroit, Make Believe, Red are all good albums
I have even learned to appreciate Raditude, the lyrics might not be earthshattering but they have a fun 50'ish feel and I find myslef now appreciating Weezer even more.
I think alot of us "older" fans have been a bit harsh and I for one have changed my tune. Its just Music and it is supposed to be fun.
Rivers and Weezer have done an amazing job of writing and realeasing catchy tunes for 16years.
They are one of the few "Major" rock bands of our lifetime and I am so greatful that they are still around.
i think there all amazing
They probably "hate on them" because they don't like the music.
That being said, I do love Make Believe and Hurley, like Maladroit and find a few songs to love on Green and Rad. They've never come close to the transcendental beauty of the first two records, but there are many songs that are as good as the songs on those records. I'm very happy that Weezer still makes music and I am incredibly excited for the next album.
Look how is a musician supposed to grow and get better if everyone accepts every ounce of material put out by them.
It's always good to keep a critical eye and have enjoyment at the same time. The reason why people don't like those albums as much is because the albums took a quality drop lyrically, emotionally, and musically.
I still find them enjoyable but im not gonna turn a blind eye to that fact. There's a reason the first two albums are classics and loved across the boards by everyone compared to the ones that came after.
No one is saying write another blue or pinkerton, no one ever says that I think people just want something that feels personal, is well written, and musically does things that a person won't see coming around the corner.
Across the sea has so many dynamic changes for instance that make it stand out among the cookie cutter....songs to come later. Rivers has written some great songs since then but a cohesive album that has impact on the listener is what is truly desired. Make us CARE about the album. Not the songs.