Though I love all of the Weezer albums, The Blue Album is my all time favorite. I feel that every last song on that Album is a hit. I also love the simplicity and solidity of the songs on the album- they truly set a strong foundation for all of the weezer albums to follow. Next favorite by just a little is Pinkerton, then probably Make Believe.
Pinkerton, for a variety of reasons. The songs are no less catchy than Blue, but they're more aggressive and more complex. Rivers' songwriting took a very big leap forward. The many modulations that occur during solos and bridges throughout this album only add to the emotionally charged nature of the songs. The looser, "shout-singing" style of the background vocals really calls to mind one of my favorite records from the Beach Boys: "So Tough".
Also the introduction of textures that were not included on the first record---more synth, multiple guitars playing counterpoint, slide guitar, piano, clarinet...these were all welcome changes for me. And I love the drum sound. It sounds like a real set of drums, open, loud and loose without spending hours trying to hide those beautiful overtones.
I don't love all Weezer albums...I don't even really like any Weezer albums other than the first two and between those, I think this was the high-water mark.
close second blue.
Pinkerton, in short, is a beautifully written album. i love every single song on it with a burning passion (except for No Other One--i couldn't get into that for some reason).
the songs are not only catchy but they're addicting (it took me 1 listen to love all of the songs, it took me a few listens to like Hurley)
PInkerton is emotional, and aggressive, in a way, in which I feel like I can take a little peak into Rivers' soul & in some ways, I have learned a lot about him by listening to the lyrics. (damn have u heard ' butterfly'?)
the instruments and modulations and riffs come together perfectlyly in a musical piece of burning, emotive passion, with an almost cathartic effect--music to my ears.
i can listen to Pinkerton over and over and over..i really like 'tired of sex' and 'pink triangle' and 'el scorcho' and 'why bother?'
shout-out to Rivers--i love you, man!