Green is my favorite =W= album, but it just doesn't seem to get the respect it deserves. This has something to do with the fact that most obsessive Weezer fans are assholes who bag on Rivers for the high crime of playing guitar solos that mimic his vocal melodies. If these douchenozzles bothered to get over themselves, they might actually have to admit that those guitar solos betray Cuomo's flashier tendencies in service to the songs themselves, which are uniformly excellent on this LP. The other criticism Green gets is that it's too short, clocking in at just under 30 minutes. Well that we can do something about. How about I double the album's length with twelve off-the-hook b-sides and outtakes? Did I mention these are nearly as good as the songs on the LP proper? Shit, some of my very favorite =W= moments are from these songs, ranging from the heavi-tude of "Christmas Celebration" and "Teenage Victory Song" to the gentle, almost longing "Always" and "I Do". Oh, and unlike the overpriced two-disc Deluxe Blue Album, these songs will all fit on a single CD. I'm makin' a case for Green as one of the best albums of this decade. Who's with me?
Trikona Frame - tape (1986)
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