weezer - "across the sea" / by Zack Free

pinkerton, originally panned by critics, is now regarded as a milestone in emo music. it’s several shades darker than its predecessor, channelling feelings of lust and worthlessness into one explosive half hour that stays with you long past its duration. at the album's core is “across the sea,” a tale of mutual obsession that occurs between rivers cuomo and an eighteen year old japanese schoolgirl. cuomo is somehow able to occupy the space between sweet (“i’ve got your letter / you’ve got my song”) and skeevy (licking the envelopes of the letters she sends, pondering her masturbation habits), a feat which he achieves throughout pinkerton, but to no greater effect than on “across the sea”. twenty years later, it remains one of weezer’s most bizarre (but affecting) pieces

 

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