Sound — 4
While Weezer is still about the heavy guitars and solos, the sound is somewhat cleaner here. Weezer's big problem here is that their sound becomes way, WAY too formulaic on this album. I can actually give the formula for a Green Album song: verse/chorus/verse/chorus/solo (same tune as verse)/chorus. Any deviation from this pattern is extremely slight. Even though in some ways Weezer's sound hasn't made a drastic change, in many other ways it has made a turn for the worse.
Lyrics — 6
Rivers has stayed pretty much on target here. He didn't go overly emo (I'm looking at you, Pinkerton), nor overly artsyfartsy, and he preserved Weezer's trademark quirkiness. Nothing really makes me jump up and say "woah!" but nothing makes me roll my eyes and reach for the skip button either. Rivers has a good voice as well, but he doesn't use it to it's full capacity. There's no emotion atall in his voice on this album.
Overall Impression — 6
I almost feel like when Rivers wrote this album, he was cynical about the shape of music today and decided to write 10 songs that he knew would sell, just for a laugh, especially considering how much better its successor is. There's no emotion, no art, just 10 bland pop-rock tracks full of chords and no riffs, voice but no feeling, sound but no thought. I still quite like a few songs. "Island In The Sun," "Hash Pipe," but when it's all said and done, at the end of 10 songs and 28 minutes, I feel cheated.