I think these two albums are more similar to each other than any other weezer albums.

 

Pinkerton marked a break in Rivers writing songs in 1/2 step down tuning, and Make Believe marked the return of that writing style.  The lyrics in both albums are very personal (say what you will about Beverly Hills).  Songs like Hold Me, Pardon Me, Damage in Your Heart and Other Way all seem very personal to me.

 

My favorite guitar solos also appear on both of these albums.  Make Believe has a ridiculous amount of solos.  At least 1 per song.

 

The main difference I sense in these albums is Pinkerton's tones sound like someone falling into a black depressing h***, who doesn't want any help getting out, whereas Make Believe's tones make me think of someone struggling to get out of the depression h***, but at least they are trying.

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Listen to 1:10-1:14 in Damage in your Heart, then listen to :42-:45 in Pink Triangle.
Blue album was 1/2 step down (except for no one else.)

Pinkerton was written in 1/2 step down tuning.

 

Make Believe's lyrics are a bit stifled by the lack of depth and use of cliche' lyrical turns of phrase. I really dig most of the music on the album but the lyrics on a lot of it are kind of ridiculous for Rivers. Also, some of the solos in Make Believe feel a little bit shoe-horned in, particularly the leads in "The Damage In Your Heart," which is an otherwise great song imo. The album definitely gets an unfair amount of hate. Some great tunes on there.

You make a lot of good points.

I agree, I have always thought that the two albums are very similar and personal.

They are both good rock albums that I have always loved.

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Jordan said:

You make a lot of good points.

I agree, I have always thought that the two albums are very similar and personal.

They are both good rock albums that I have always loved.

i dont think the albums have much in common with one another, i ened up selling my copy of make belive for £1 still got pinkrton its a clasic
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THE NÄRD DOG said:
My agreements.

Jordan said:

You make a lot of good points.

I agree, I have always thought that the two albums are very similar and personal.

They are both good rock albums that I have always loved.

I think the quality in Rivers' voice on Make Believe shares some of the emotion found in it on Pinkerton, especially Haunt You Every Day, Pardon Me, Hold Me, and This is Such a Pity
definitely

Marissa Joy said:
I think the quality in Rivers' voice on Make Believe shares some of the emotion found in it on Pinkerton, especially Haunt You Every Day, Pardon Me, Hold Me, and This is Such a Pity
Quadruple agreements

sarah leeper said:
triple agreements

THE NÄRD DOG said:
My agreements.

Jordan said:

You make a lot of good points.

I agree, I have always thought that the two albums are very similar and personal.

They are both good rock albums that I have always loved.

Pinkerton is Weezer's greatest achievement, Make Believe is Weezer's worst album. Not much similar to these other than the band name on the album.

Raditude is Weezer's worst album, not Make Believe.

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