Sound — 8
It was a shame to look at this site and see that there were reviews for Weezer's Blue and Green Album's but nothing for Pinkerton. Possibly the best album released in 96, and definately the greatest the band has released to date, Pinkerton kicks off with Tired Of Sex, a distorted and heavy tune plays almost louder than Rivers voice throughout the song and continues for the rest of the album (with the exception of butterfly). It gives the disc an intimate, live feel and if you crank it up and close your eyes, you can almost imagine that the band is playing a concert in front of you. Although seemingly under-produced, the music on this album sounds exactly how it was meant too, fast and furocious. The sound is messier, less pop riddled and much darker than their acclaimed debut, but Pinkerton has a more original, braver, and in my opinion better sound than The Blue Album.
Lyrics — 10
Rivers Cuomo's voice shrieks and squeals as he attempts to sing notes that make Rancid seem good, there is out of tune, off the cuff back up vocals that usually sound like the boys have been drinking straight tequilla while recording, and the guitar seems to try to hide the fact that the vocals are quite bad. However, this style seems to compliment the music perfectly, and although that may seem like a bad thing, it truly isn't. In fact the vocals and the music match up so well that you can barely notice Rivers' geeky voice. The greatest strength in an album full of them are the lyrics. Rivers has been quoted as saying that he will never release an album as personal as Pinkerton again. A real shame because the lyrics are some of the greatest ever written in this genre of music. With the majority of songs focusing on love there tends to be a lot of heartache, however Rivers manages to include frustration, comedy and the trademark, geeky self-doubt that made The Blue Album so appealing.
Overall Impression — 10
The best album ever made by one of the greatest bands of contemporary rock. Pinkerton is a must have and an album I almost consider to be a part of the family.