"Tired of Sex" reveals the more vulnerable theme of the album from the get-go. After a quiet yet dissonant intro, the band launches into what is possibly their hardest rocking song, with pounding riffs and Cuomo yelling of his frustration over meaningless flings. "Getchoo" has the band's most forceful chorus and a frenetic guitar solo. "No Other One" seems like the opposite of the first album's "No One Else" both musically and lyrically. "Why Bother?" recaptures the poppy elements of the band's previous work but combines them with the adolescent lyrics heard all over this album; it is also the shortest song on the album. "Across the Sea" recounts Cuomo's reaction to a fan letter from a Japanese girl. "The Good Life" is probably the most accessible song on the album and is the only song to have an accompanying music video; even still, it contains a section that is almost Sonic Youth-esque in its noisiness. In spite of it being the album's first single, "El Scorcho" is the most unorthodox song here, as it is filled with many bizarre and over-the-top vocals. "Pink Triangle" is tragically hilarious; its lyrics deal with being in love with a lesbian. If one views the album as a concept album, perhaps the crescendo of "Falling for You" represents the final straw before a heartbreaking finale. "Butterfly" is a melancholic acoustic ballad that finishes things off remorsefully but perfectly.
Considered by many to be vaguely autobiographical, Rivers Cuomo was so embarrassed over the general reaction to 'Pinkerton' that Weezer went on a five-year hiatus and played little from it live for years. Although the band have finally given it the respect it deserves, it remains unique in the band's discography, as none of their other albums are quite like this one, and only 'The Blue Album' matches it in terms of quality. It may not be as definitive as their debut, but it arguably tops it for its raw power and sheer emotional resonance. A worthy purchase for fans of Weezer, fans of hard rock in general, and mixed-up teenagers.