12 of the best major label debut albums


Weezer – Weezer (The Blue Album)

It’s not surprising that shortly after Nevermind drastically changed the mainstream music landscape, someone was going to come along and combine the grunge elements they helped popularise with a more radio-friendly pop sound. But what was surprising was that Weezer’s DGC debut turned out to be one of the seminal albums of the decade.

Behind legendary Cars frontman Ric Ocasek’s shimmering production, The Blue Album effortlessly combined distortion-drenched guitars with sunny, Beach Boys-esque melodies, Matt Sharp’s quirky basslines and falsetto vocals, and Rivers Cuomo’s then-revolutionary awkward nerdy rock star aura to create a pop-rock masterpiece.

Weezer – Weezer (The Blue Album)
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