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  • Summary: The Rivers Cuomo-led rock band's second album has been remastered and includes B-sides, as well as 16 other unreleased tracks on the two-disc set.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Dec 8, 2010
    100
    Almost 15 years on it remains a stereo regular, and loved like the day it was delivered, awkwardly and self-consciously, into a world that didn't know what to do with it. And, largely, still doesn't. So give it a home, won't you; it could be your album of the year.
  2. Jan 13, 2011
    100
    Ultimately, the legacy Pinkerton leaves behind is it being one of the most emotional and raw albums ever made. It's an album that many can relate to, even if you're not on the same level of crazy as Rivers was back then.
  3. Kerrang!
    Jan 31, 2011
    100
    Pinkerton still stands tall as a modern rock classic. [6 Nov 2010, p.51]
  4. Dec 15, 2010
    91
    So it turns out Cuomo was whispering apologies to his own artistry at this album's close -- it was his love of music he would let suffocate in a jar. No wonder he sounded so sad.
  5. Dec 8, 2010
    90
    It is heartening and not a little bittersweet to be reminded how Weezer once made sad, twisted, broken-sounding songs like these, and they made them work, and they made our CD player work, and they weren't a bit shit, and we loved them.
  6. Dec 21, 2010
    90
    In 2010, when oversharing is the norm, Pinkerton can seem almost quaint for its willingness to hold back. All told, it's roughly 10 percent as confessional as the average overheated Tumblr post or Gareth Campesino! lyric sheet. Maybe that's why, to this day, "El Scorcho" is still the sort of song that lonely teenage boys vigorously lip-synch to when they think that nobody's looking. Its lyrics can be vague enough ("I'm a lot like you...") to fit all sorts of specific yearning.
  7. Dec 21, 2010
    90
    This is their Holy Bible--in other words this is an unknown quantity alright; it's Weezer's raw, emotive bastard child; and a great, brilliant, titanic blot on an often pristinely laundered back catalogue. For that reason in particular this is a thing to be cherished.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 61
  2. Negative: 2 out of 61
  1. Feb 2, 2018
    10
    Not only this is one of my favourite albums of the 90s, it's one of my favourite albums i ever listened to. The dark and depressing tone thisNot only this is one of my favourite albums of the 90s, it's one of my favourite albums i ever listened to. The dark and depressing tone this album represents is sometimes enough to make a stomach turn a little. Expand
  2. Oct 22, 2014
    10
    I've only recently discovered the brilliance of this album. Always been a huge fan of The Blue Album (another solid 10 out of 10 album), but II've only recently discovered the brilliance of this album. Always been a huge fan of The Blue Album (another solid 10 out of 10 album), but I always had the assumption that it could never be followed up by something equally as strong. How wrong I was!

    Pinkerton is 10 songs of pure brilliance. Musically, it's fantastic with all four musicians really playing their part. Lyrically, it's witty in places but genius at the same time; with Rivers Cuomo writing lyrics that are much more personal than that of The Blue Album. Unfortunately, I live in the UK and Weezer have never been as big here as they are in The States. Would've loved to have gone to one of the gigs where the entire album was played from start to finish. One day maybe! (Personal favourites: The Good Life, Why Bother?, Getchoo)
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  3. BKM
    Nov 18, 2010
    10
    There is no denying just how great this album is. A full on blitz of raw emotion that is equally funny and painful, Pinkerton was responsibleThere is no denying just how great this album is. A full on blitz of raw emotion that is equally funny and painful, Pinkerton was responsible for both the band's demise and rebirth. Cuomo has not written such a coherent and scathingly honest set of songs since. Chances are that he doesn't want to go through it again. Thankfully for us, he was able to do it in the first place. Expand
  4. Mar 2, 2011
    10
    I'm in my 40's and I always thought Weezer was kind of formulaic, so I never got into any of their CDs. This album makes me think I missed outI'm in my 40's and I always thought Weezer was kind of formulaic, so I never got into any of their CDs. This album makes me think I missed out on something. Not only are all the songs individually great, they seem to add up to a mini emo opera. Expand
  5. Nov 15, 2011
    10
    Thank God for Pinkerton, cos without it, Weezer would have been a completely pointless band. Get this album, maybe get the Blue Album, andThank God for Pinkerton, cos without it, Weezer would have been a completely pointless band. Get this album, maybe get the Blue Album, and stick with those, if you want Weezer to remain as a band that matters. Expand
  6. Jan 17, 2013
    10
    PInkerton is easily on of the best albums ever made by any band ever. It's my personal favorite. There's some musical artists that just getPInkerton is easily on of the best albums ever made by any band ever. It's my personal favorite. There's some musical artists that just get it, River is one of those people. You don't have to be a die hard Weezer fan to enjoy most of these raw, powerful songs on this album. Expand
  7. Apr 25, 2012
    2
    "Pink Triangle" is a great track that would fit on the Blue Album, Weezer's pop-rock opus. However, the rest of this album lacks anything"Pink Triangle" is a great track that would fit on the Blue Album, Weezer's pop-rock opus. However, the rest of this album lacks anything worth listening too. Expand

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