01 All My Favorite Songs
02 Aloo Gobi
03 Grapes of Wrath
05 Playing My Piano
06 Mirror Image
08 Bird With a Broken Wing
09 Dead Roses
10 Everything Happens for a Reason
11 Here Comes the Rain
12 La Brea Tar Pits
WEEZER – OK Human
LP – Indies Only Yellow, Blue and Red Splatter on Clear Vinyl (*Limited to 200 copies)
So 2020 was going to be the year of Van Weezer — the big riffs rock album Weezer made as an homage to the metal bands they loved growing up — until, thanks to the global pandemic, it suddenly wasn’t. The entire time, however, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo was busy at the piano, writing a very different album that referenced another vital musical touchstone of his youth: The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. Throughout the summer of Covid-19, he and the band — along with a 38 piece orchestra — chipped away at masked recording sessions until the record was complete.
The result is an album called “OK Human” a cheeky nod to Radiohead’s technophobic future-trip OK Computer, but sounding nothing at all like that record. Taking the listener bit by bit through parts of Cuomo’s every day, it’s a Technicolor symphonic spree that meditates on how over-and-under-connected we all are, particularly in a year where we can see each other with greater ease, but actually can’t physically be near each other at all.
“OK Human” is also packed to the brim with some of the best, most personal songs Cuomo has written in the last decade, all of which shine brighter and bolder with splashes of string and horn arrangements courtesy of album producer Jake Sinclair and arranger Rob Mathes. It’s hard to imagine any other band who came up in the alt haze of the 90s creating a simply perfect orchestral pop album, but that is exactly what Weezer’s done; “OK Human” is a testament to the excellent, enduring melodies Cuomo has written since Weezer’s inception, and the ones he continues to write today.