The Fifteen Greatest Part 1

Ok, so for anyone who knows me this one should be a no-brainer.  We’ll start off this list with some Weezer.

Simply stated, it doesn’t get any better than this when it comes to Weezer.  One of my theories about why so many people dislike the “new” Weezer is that because not one single song from the year 2000-Present can even come close to topping the beauty and perfection that is known as “Across The Sea”.  I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it.  The production was so raw and perfect.  The band sounds in perfect harmony.  And all those movements within the song….AMAZING!

Ok, enough with all that stuff.  Let’s get all romantic about this…

Starting off with some lone piano and recorder (I think that’s what it is), you get this feeling of loneliness and want.  Then…. BOOM here comes that crashing G chord (technically, I think it is a G6 chord but who knows) .  What an amazing guitar sound.  Perfection.  Rivers starts wailing those wonderful lyrics and then the rest of the band comes in, all in sync sounding like the best power pop orchestra you’ve ever heard. THEN COMES THE CHORUS.  It sounds so honest.  That’s really all I can say about it.  The solo/”at ten I shaved my head” moment throws you off guard with its time changes and key jumping, but this is a good thing.  You’re hearing Weezer DESTROY the idea that they’re just some fluke power pop band here.

My favorite moment comes in at this point:

God damn, this business is really lame
I gotta live on an island to find the juice
So you send me your love from all around the world
As if I could live on
Words and dreams and a million screams
Oh how I need a hand in mine to feel…

It sounds so lame when I put it into words, but I’ll try.  I still get goosebumps when I hear this part.  I’ve never heard something so honest and beautiful in my life.

The lyrics….so real.  Rivers feels like he means what he is saying more than anything else.  You feel his want for this person he is singing about.  He sounds genuine, something that is missing from Weezer 2000-present.

A side note: Yes, I love the rest of Pinkerton.  Very very much.  Best album ever much?  Yes.  However, there’s so much said about Pinkerton being so wonderful that I wanted to take a moment to really appreciate what I consider to be the finest point on the album.


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