4 inch analog tape would be better
This is weezer.com. Not pinkerton.com. Seriously. Get over it. Please.
That would be like saying revolver by the beatles is great but rubber soul sucks now.
I respectfully disagree. Although I love "Hurley" and there are some sweet parts to all the other post-pinkerton albums, I think something profoundly different happened in Rivers' song-writing during their post-pinkerton hiatus. I can remember, in 2000, when they came back from their hiatus, being super excited about hearing new Weezer. As soon as I heard the live recordings of songs like Mad Cow, Superstar, etc., there was a small death that happened inside of me. I knew that the Weezer I knew and love was gone, never to return. There was a strong qualitative difference in the material, and there has been ever since. Anyone who denies that is well.....I think....in denial.
And the thing is- that's ok! Bands change. Weezer seems incredibly happy with what they are doing. And for that, I am extremely happy (and even weirdly proud) for them. Almost 20 years later, they're still doing their thing and selling out shows all over the world. I even get excited about hearing the new stuff they put out. And often times, I like it! But the fact of the matter is that it just doesn't mearsure up to Pinkerton or The Blue Album.
In summary, I do not think that Rivers could have made another Pinkerton after 1998. But it is interesting fodder for thought.
But then would Pinkerton really sound so amazing to us?