I loved Weezer in HS and still enjoy the first 3 albums, but after that I think they’ve been mostly mailed in trash. There are some gems sprinkled through the last 20 years, but the more time goes by the more I think they just kinda got lucky early on.
This is a good take. I agree - although I would go so far as to say that Maladroit was just Green Album Part 2. We have seen them twice in concert (once when they were at Hilton in 2002 or so, and once at a festival in KC), and it is the early stuff I care about.
I think they hit at exactly the right time for their sound. If a band with Rivers Cuomo leading it had tried to hit during the predominantly hair metal stuff of the late 80s or during the boy bands of the late 90s, I don’t think we would know about them.