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On Our Stereo: 15.04.2009: Weezer - Weezer (Blue Album)

Today we're introducing a new weekly feature entitled 'On Our Stereo', each week a different writer will write about an album they have been listening to lately.

This week's On Our Stereo is about Weezer's self-titled album from 1994. It is an album that combined grunge-like guitars with elements of pop and indie rock. In addition to this Rivers Cuomo's skill of writing killer hooks, made this a record filled with brilliant songs from start to finish, with 'My Name Is Jonas' starting things off kicking and screaming its way through, while 'Buddy Holly' was the breakthrough hit single for the band, with its blend of power pop and indie rock greatness squeezed 2 minutes and 40 seconds. It's hard to pick other highlights from this album, as there is so many. Nevertheless 'Undone - The Sweater Song'; quiets things down before screeching through and 'Say It Ain't So' is a simple yet effective track, as it surges through with a chorus that is memorable, heavy and filled with teenage angst, that is a theme running through the record.

Weezer's 1994 self-titled debut has that rough 90's indie rock sound but somehow still feels relevant and does not seem out of place with today's music; I personally think there's a hint of Weezer in Brand New. It is also a record that has grown in age and status over the years and is now considered a classic debut record, as it moved alternative rock music away from grunge into more upbeat surroundings and Cuomo's songwriting has become a standard that has become influential and replicated ever since.

Sean Reid

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