Pinkerton was poorly received by critics upon release and considered a flop after peaking at #19. Cuomo probably didn’t care about the critics, but he took the public indifference very personally, soon retreating from view. But the cult that adored and passionately identified with Pinkerton became hard to ignore by the turn of the century, with the commercial breakthrough of confessional emo seen as its ultimate vindication. The record that killed Weezer’s career ended up saving it. It’s a nice story, and one that’s integral and damn near necessary to protect Pinkerton‘s legend: a popular misconception is that a Rolling Stone readers’ poll named it the worst album of 1996 (it was actually third behind Bush and DJ Spooky) […].
Times have changed, and tastes have refined.