Weezer, “Pinkerton,” DGC. (***)
This follow-up to Weezer’s 1994 double-platinum debut packs a novel’s worth of shame and fleeting happiness into less than 35 minutes. The songs here are often sloppy and awkward, but express a seemingly genuine, desperate search for sex and love. By the end, leader Rivers Cuomo is left alone to strum an acoustic guitar and, fittingly, ask forgiveness.
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