Weezer’s Pinkerton was released 25 years ago today and it was a critical and commercial flop. But in the intervening years, it’s become a beloved emo rock classic.
Why won’t Weezer admit that the “embarrassing” unfinished Songs from the Black Hole rock opera are the rudiments of 1996’s (eventually) critically acclaimed ‘Pinkerton’?
The songs from Descendents’ 9th & Walnut were written more than 40 years ago, mostly recorded two decades ago, and released 13 years after Frank Navetta’s death.
Japan’s CHAI tend toward high energy and irrepressible positivity, all with a satisfying rock edge. Wink opens not with a bang but with full-body synthpop bliss.
Despite an initially lukewarm critical reception, Sum 41’s All Killer No Filler enjoys a place in the pop-punk pantheon as it hits its 20th birthday.
Canadian pop-punkers PONY release a debut, TV Baby, that hits close to home for millennials, and anyone who is a fan of 1990s alt-rock, pop-punk bands.
On their first album in 25 years, Too Much Joy offer up the first bona fide roll-down-the-windows, crank-up-the-car-stereo album of 2021. Welcome back.
Part social commentary and part fictional narrative, Green Day's American Idiot came out of nowhere and impressed with its biting political subversion, exploration of teenage angst, love, and uncertainty, and perhaps most importantly, brilliant structures, transitions, and overall cohesion.