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Divided we stand

A few great albums that suffered online slings and arrows

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In “Memories,” the first single, Rivers Cuomo’s lyrics take us on a nostalgic journey through the history of the band that many of us miss and eventually, it seemed, explained the currently woeful quality of albums. (“Now I got so many people that I got to look out for.”) When the album finally came out, it was still laden down with tracks like “Where is My Sex?” and “Smart Girls,” but it made a nice EP if you did a little self-editing. The deluxe edition reissue of Pinkerton just over a week prior to Hurley’s release did the latter no favors, however. Pinkerton remains a perfect record, and the rough demos of this period are better writing than any of the polished writing Cuomo has done since. (If it did Hurley a disservice, it openly mocked Death to False Metal, Weezer’s collection of album cast-offs throughout the years.)

“United we stand” always seemed like a false phrase – a table with one leg doesn’t stand. We need our split opinions to thrive, whether it be politics, attitudes, religion, film or music; divisiveness is how we avoid the dreaded Orwellian fate and the boredom of being the same. And at least proper hating on an album still requires listening to it first.

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