Being a fan of Weezer/Rivers Cuomo requires the person listening to this music to be comfortable with having extreme highs and extreme lows. Since Weezer came onto the scene in 1994, they’ve steadily put out some of what I consider to be the best pop/rock music I’ve ever heard, and at times they’ve also put out some music which I consider to be cringe-inducing and to quote their most popular video, “not so good, Al“
Rivers Cuomo, the main creative force and songwriter behind Weezer, is known for his particularly obsessive pursuit of the perfect song (read more here and here) and over time has gone to great lengths to document, understand, and catalog his songwriting the the process. Being a librarian, I have to say that this excites me quite a bit. I love the scientific approach he takes to his music, as it shows how it grows and develops and changes over time. When I think about the music of Weezer/Rivers Cuomo, I too try to understand my love for these songs in a way that Rivers may appreciate and with this series I will share that with you.
Starting today, I will begin a series called The Weezer/Rivers Cuomo Song Rankings where I take a deep dive into the 12 studio albums Weezer has released plus one selection focusing on the B-Sides, Demos, and Outtakes that will act as a catch all for everything that did not end up on the albums. Below is a list of the posts which I will be writing over the next month or so:
- Weezer (The Blue Album)
- Weezer (The Green Album)
- Make Believe
- Weezer (The Red Album)
- Death To False Metal
- Everything Will Be Alright In The End
- Weezer (The White Album)
- Pacific Daydream
- B-Sides, Demo, Outtakes
My methodology for ranking these albums is simple: each song from each album will get a score between 0-10. When tallied together, the album will have an overall total score. This number will then be divided by the number of songs on the album, giving it an overall average score. The score which each song receives will be decided by the following:
- Songwriting: Is the song well put together? Is it unique or derivative? Are the lyrics any good?
- Arrangement: is the song well arranged and put together in a listenable way?
- Production: does the production go with or against the song?
- Performance: does the performance of the band hold up and match the song?
I hope you enjoy this series. I have been enjoying writing it and looking in depth at some of my favorite music in the world. See you at the next post, when we’ll focus on 1994’s WEEZER (THE BLUE ALBUM).