Die-hard Weezer fans know that Rivers Cuomo and co. have a soft spot for singles and EPs -- issuing countless "mini titles" over the years (many of which included non-album or live B-sides or a combination of the two). 2002 saw yet another model, The Lion and the Witch, a six-track live EP recorded during May of the same year. The only thing is, if you didn't snap up a copy shortly after its release, it looks like you'll be spending an arm and a leg on eBay. Only sold in select indie record stores, Lion was a limited-edition release, with each CD individually numbered. But this sort of thing is obviously aimed primarily at collectors -- why not just issue a full-length live album rather than a measly handful of tunes? Granted, the track list is rather interesting (a pair of rarely played Pinkerton songs are included -- "Falling for You" and "El Scorcho"), but besides getting 25,000 Weezer heads to run out during their lunch break and buy it, what's the EP's point?
AllMusic Review by Greg Prato