Sometimes I think rivers tries to figure out why we like it so much, and he ends up deciding its just nostalgia.
Before I heard Pinkerton for the first time, I had some friends tell me I wouldn't like it. This, of course, made me crave it even more than I originally had.
I listened to the album, and it was so interesting to me - I had never heard music like it and was greatly intrigued by the lyrics. Some songs (like El Scorcho and Why Bother?) got me singing along before the tune had even ended. But at the same time there were songs like Falling For You and Pink Triangle which I skipped past only after a minute into the song out of disgust and confusion.
Listening to it God-knows-how-many times more, every single song has grown on me and it's risen to be one of my favorite Weezer albums of all time.
Same thing for me with Falling For You.
As for the album, first time I heard I just kinda threw it aside and left it.
Then I picked it up again, really listened hard to the lyrics and the music, and pretty much fell in love.
I didn't really like it, either, but I was transitioning from crappy pop music. I like that you mentioned you had to "digest" it in the original post. Did anyone else feel like the chord progression was odd at first? Falling for You threw me off, but I guess I was just used to G/D/Em/C. El Scorcho was my first favorite off the album, but it's nowhere near my favorite now.
I think Pink Triangle is my stand out song, though. I dismissed it at first because I felt like I couldn't relate to the lyrics, being a straight girl. I'm finding out that you don't have to experience the same set of circumstances to understand the emotion behind the music. When I'm feeling frustrated, or anguished, or hopeless, I can put it on, and it just soothes me, somehow.
Before listening- HEHEHE PINKERTON IS FUNNY NAME!! (i was only like 9)
After listening- o,o sheer and utter awe
Before Pinkerton was released MTV were playing El Scorcho regularly, and I loved that song. The quirkiness of the chorus and the lyrics got me hooked and I was keen to hear the full album. I loved all three tracks on the single, Devotion, YGYLTMS and the title track.
A week or so pre the album release I started reading the reviews and they were almost exclusively negative, as had been the press reaction to El Scorcho. 'Self indulgent', 'under produced' and 'self pitying' were three of the commonly used phrases in the critiques.
Undeterred I bought the album as soon as it was available and was blown away. The energy, the emotion, the rawness, the subject matter I could identify with ... it was brilliance and even more so enjoyable that I understood and got what the snooty self important music journos weren't able.