[PTt] musik review - Weezer, "Pinkerton" /
This month, I'm reviewing two new albums, one of which is a sophomore
effort, the other a newcomer to the industry.
I'll start with the former, Weezer's latest release, "Pinkerton"
(Geffen Records). Last year, Weezer hit it off big with their
self-titled first release. The big hit was, of course, Buddy
Holly, which was in heavy rotation on 'alternative' airwaves, and,
thanks to the brilliance of Spike Jonze, MTV as well. It took so well
that Microsoft included the video on its Windows 95 CD release.
This video, gave a quite-"wholesome" appearance to the band, one
which very likely fueled sales of the album. Pinkerton, however,
seems to be, musically and lyrically, a departure from this -- and they
don't do a particularly great job in pulling it off. The first single off
the album, El Scorcho, while perhaps a bit humorous at first,
later becomes quite absurd, and a mere example of the rest of the album.
In its full glory, it becomes obvious that the album has a definite lack
of focus, with many of the songs sounding merely like (chemically
induced?) jam sessions and brainstorming, none of which you'd expect to
hear on an actual release -- a collection of B-sides would, perhaps, be
more appropriate. Granted, with the Weezer fan base out there, it'll be
sworn up and down that this album is the greatest thing since sliced
bread, but this half-hearted effort is but a mere departure from a
formula that worked, and doesn't do do much for me.
Next, we have the first release from the band Republica. Their
self-titled release (RCA Records). With the a name like that,
their promo material ("Vote Republica") falls in perfect sync with the
upcoming November elections.
This album is decent, but like the elections, it's definitely a mixed
bag of nuts. Their first release from the album, Ready to Go (Which
is, at least, a cool-looking CD single), while a great track, is not
indicative of the rest of the album. The album reverts back and forth,
between a Garbage-esque motif and Euro-Dance/House music, which, at
times made me a bit dizzy. Picture Me is an interesting addition
to the album, a safari mix of bongos and pipes... intertwined with what's
probably .wav-translated-MIDI or something.
In all, if you want to experiment, or if you want an electronic soundscape
that's more than just a glorified Casio keyboard, I'll recommend the
album. However, I'll leave this one up to the ravers, dance clubs, the
DJs to decide its true virtue.
Visit the Geffen
Visit the Republica website.
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