Weezer’s “OK Human” Review

Weezer’s latest album “OK Human” is an album that really shows a newer side of the band while showing the bands more original side too.


Atlantic Records

The album cover for Weezer’s “OK Human.” This album was released on January 29th, 2021 and is their 14th studio album.

Riley McGroarty, Staff Writer

Weezer is a rock band that was formed in Los Angeles in the year 1992. Their first album, (titled “Weezer” and typically referred to as just the “Blue Album”) released in 1994, is usually described as their best album by most fans, along with “Pinkerton” their second album from 1996. More recently, however, a lot of fans have been disappointed with their more recent releases, noting a lack of what made the band special from their first two albums, and a more pop kind of sound. Luckily, “OK Human” is a return to this, and features only acoustic instruments, using strings instead of distortion guitar, and has a more classical sound.
The very first song, “All My Favorite Songs,” is the single from the album, and is a great introduction song. This song has a quite sad theme, with lyrics talking about being sad, and how everything the singer does is bad to him. The melody and theme sounds a lot like a song off of “Pinkerton,” which is a recurring theme throughout the album.

“Aloo Gobi” flips things on its head with faster vocals and more orchestra, and while still having a somber message about life getting dull, it still has some positive thinking, such as the lyrics, “You are not alone, someone could be there with you.” “Grapes Of Wrath” sounds a lot like “Aloo Gobi,” but adds even more depth to the orchestra and vocals.

“Numbers” slows things down a lot, with longer vocals, strings, and just a generally slower speed. This song has one of the best messages on the album, talking about how numbers define everything, such as test scores or IQ, and how you shouldn’t worry about them. “Playing My Piano” transitions greatly from the previous song, and has a heavy focus on piano. There is also a focus on time, how whenever monotonous work is being done, time goes slow, but when an enjoyable activity is being done time seems to move much faster.
“Mirror Image” is shorter than the rest of the songs, only going for around a minute, and is a fairly fast song about how relationships create a bond between two people and has a pretty happy message. “Screens” is a pretty heavy song, with the drums and bass driving pretty much everything. This song talks about how focused people are on technology, and will use it rather than talking to their friends or family, even to the point of neglect.

Despite the sad sound of “Bird With A Broken Wing,” it actually has a very positive message. The bird with the broken wing represents disability, and even though they are disabled, they still can prove they are useful, thus them singing this song. “Dead Roses” is the most unique song, with very dissonant chords, and a depressing melody. The theme seems to be about the loss of a loved one, specifically with the line, “You are mine and you were always mine, Now I’m crying over dead roses.”

“Everything Happens For A Reason,” is really nothing more than a transition song, but it does call back to the first song. The song it transitions to, “Here Comes The Rain,” has a piano melody that is very bouncy and fun and talks about how optimism is the best option, as better things will happen in the future if you are optimistic, same with pessimism, but the opposite.

The final song on the album, “La Brea Tar Pits,” slows things down and is a great slow end to everything. This is a good ending song, as the theme is about fading into obscurity once no one begins to care about the work someone has done. Also, the ending instrumental provides a sense of closure to the audience, fading out then the album is over.

All in all, this album can be very similar to “Pinkerton” at times, but its main issue is that a lot of the songs sound like each other, the most unique songs being like “Dead Roses,” “Screens,” and “Numbers.” However, the themes and instrumentals outweigh the similar-sounding songs. There is diversity, but there should have been larger differences from each track. But it is still a great album and seems to show good things to come from Weezer in the future.