In a music scene dominated by heavily produced pop sensations like the Spice Girls and the Backstreet Boys, at the height of the third-wave ska revival, releasing a brooding, lo-fi album would seem like a questionable decision, at best. And your suspicions would be confirmed, after all, by the critical and commercial failure of Pinkerton
in '96. Weezer
took a risk by deviating from the geek-friendly power-pop formula that sent the Blue Album triple-platinum, but Rivers Cuomo can hardly be blamed for making the record that felt right to him, and his efforts on Pinkerton have since been rewarded with a devoted following and increasingly favorable reviews.
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