Notes: In 2004, a Deluxe Edition of the album was released that added another 14 cuts, including non-album songs ‘Mykel and Carli’, ‘Susanne’, ‘My Evaline’, ‘Lullaby for Wayne’, and ‘I Swear It’s True’. There are also live versions of ‘My Name Is Jonas’, ‘Surf Wax America’, ‘No One Else’, and two live versions of the non-album cut ‘Jamie’. There are also demo versions of ‘Undone – The Sweater Song’, ‘Only in Dreams’, and non-album cut ‘Paperface’. Winding up the whole affair is the original album mix of ‘Say It Ain’t So’.
On “their first, and still their finest,” BL Weezer falls “between the warped pop of The Pixies and the straightahead thump of arena rock.” STE This “classic from geek-rock innovators” BL “offers embarrassingly pleasurable pop thrills.” STE “Weezer leader Rivers Cuomo was among the first alt-rock craftsmen to combine no-nonsense hard rock with sublime melody and harmony, justifying the ‘Everly Brothers meet Nirvana’ critical tag his band garnered.” BL
“Songs like Buddy Holly, Undone – The Sweater Song, In the Garage, The World Has Turned and Left Me Here, and Surf Wax America are filled with strong, simple guitar hooks and relentlessly catchy melodies.” STE Their content was equally strong; “instead of singing about despair, they sing about love, which is kind of refreshing in the gloom-drenched world of ‘90s guitar-pop.” STE The approach became “a major influence on punk softies like Blink 182.” BL
BLBlender Magazine’s 100 Greatest American Albums (10/08)