OK Human

Weezer - OK Human
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2021 Ratings: #139 / 194
User Score
2021 Ratings: #91
Liked by 92 people
January 29, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Crush, Atlantic / Label
weezer.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

The album feels like a departure: with its soft orchestral balm and sweet melancholic undertow, OK Human offers a singular, complete listening experience unlike anything else in their catalog.

90
musicOMH

These moments of light and shade are everywhere on OK Human, and in addressing them Weezer have made one of their most catchy and insightful records to date.

90
Classic Rock

Orchestrated, analogue, packed with typically smart, reliably unshakeable River Cuomo compositions, this is Weezer's social media/lockdown-atuned Pet Sounds.

84
Sputnikmusic

OK Human is an oddity and a warm digital hug; it's Weezer reacting to an endless, nerve-shredding, social-life-destroying period of isolation the way only Weezer can, drawing further inwards to themselves but somehow inviting us along for the ride.

80
Clash

What a lovely surprise from a band who are becoming increasingly more marmite as they near their third decade as a band.

80
Exclaim!

With 12 tracks and a runtime of barely more than half an hour, any flaws are minor and the album breezes by. The arrangements may be ambitious, but there's very little pomp or grandeur here; this is just another low-stakes success in a long and varied career.

80
Kerrang!

OK Human isn’t just a pleasant surprise, it’s a genuinely good album that shows off a lot of Weezer’s best sides in a way that’s been missing of late.

80
Northern Transmissions

A swooning, orchestral pop record that’s elegant, yet intimate and has become a document of Cuomo’s life during Covid times; the anxiety, the isolation, but also a sense of calm.

80
The Needle Drop

Weezer's 2021 output is off to a great start with OK Human.

80
PopMatters

Fresh out of gimmicks, Weezer think outside the box and deliver their most sincere album in years with OK Human.

80
Upset

2016’s ‘White Album’ was genuinely good - at least by the standards of modern Weezer - and ‘OK Human’ is most certainly their strongest offering since ... A touch less polish, and some might even be suggesting Weezer were back on form.

80
Mojo

Face-masked, Abbey Road-recorded orchestral sessions embroider some wonderfully imaginative conceits, Cuomo's trademark wryness dialled-down a tad as he focuses on tuning-out doom, isolation with his family, and his concerns about using literature to escape/self-medicate.

75
A.V. Club

It should remind Weezer’s doggedly loyal fanbase that the singer’s ear for melodicism remains second to none—and when the musical accompaniment rises to meet the challenge, as it often does here, it’s a testament to why we keep coming back.

70
Rolling Stone

It’s Weezer’s attempt at pathos (or bathos in Cuomo’s case) that makes OK Human feel, well, more human. If Cuomo could ever let his guard down fully, without feeling self-conscious, he probably has a great album inside of him.

70
Paste

Weezer has always had heart, and OK Human shows the value of taking time to record instead of filling the silence with countless tours and albums. Weezer is finally taking risks outside of the formula that has worked so well, and they still have a lot of mileage left in them.

70
DIY

By focusing on minutiae ... what is ostensibly a lockdown album (hello, reference to Zoom interviews) avoids cliche.

70
Under The Radar

The record isn’t groundbreaking material, but it’s definitely nice to have a new Weezer album that isn’t trying to recreate their old material and instead looks to the future of their sound.

67
Consequence of Sound

Despite the creative and cultural headwinds into which it was released, OK Human lands as a surprisingly charming collection of pop tunes whose imperfections add to rather than detract from the experience.

60
NME

The guitar heroes have – gulp – ditched the guitars for a bold new direction. The result is an evocative, intimate record that'll make you pine for the old world.

60
The Line of Best Fit

Weezer’s greatest misses may come from their frontman’s visceral desperation to stay relevant, but it’s a relief to hear them take chances and risk failure in such a new way.

58
Pitchfork

Rivers Cuomo pays tribute to his hermit orchestral-pop heroes, name-checking Harry Nilsson, Serge Gainsbourg, and Pet Sounds. But of course, it's all Weezer in the end.

50
No Ripcord

Weezer’s maddeningly inane lyrics sometimes work, but they aren’t doing much to move the needle here. At least the album sounds nice, as that’s more than you could say for plenty of previous albums from Cuomo and the gang.

43
Entertainment Weekly

After 25 years of burying his inner demons with stacks of California anthems and odes to girls who got hot, Cuomo is seemingly unable to produce the raw melancholia that once spilled from him in a way that was messy but compelling. OK Human is mostly just messy.

40
The Young Folks

When they’re bad, they’re bad ... and unfortunately, OK Human consistently misses the mark with persistent mediocrity, and humdrum quarantine monotony that never offers anything outside of watered-down proclamations.

Doublez
78
Ok Human is probably the unexpected album of a band that we no longer present and of which we thought we had (still) seen everything. Not only is it deeply human and well written, but on top of that it is a very pleasant musical experience, adorned with catchy melodies and charming orchestration.

First of all, I would just like to congratulate Weezer for being so popular and so well attended almost 30 years after their foundation. It's just a few things that impress me, when nowadays ... read more
Chode
75
With the removal of most rock pastiches one would expect from a Weezer album, Weezer crafts the perfect antidote for the insanity that is quarantine; their most wholesome and "human" album yet that emanates off nothing but pure, unadulterated charm.

The Tale of Weezer is one that should send shivers down the spine of any music fan. They came into the game with a superb debut, the first of their ongoing self-titled series, which has since become a classic to music listeners worldwide. ... read more
TreyLikesBands
78
VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuFAR4AbzpM
Is this Weezer’s most mature record to date? Absolutely!

“OK Human” sees the once hailed power pop group take on the chamber pop menace of a genre. It’s been nearly two years since they’ve released “The Black Album”, which was a mixed bag to say the least. The same year, they released a covers record, which I ended up enjoying a bit. It seems to me that Weezer are becoming one of the most ... read more
MattsReviews
75
“OK Human” is the album that truly revitalized the band’s initial interest from long ago. For context, Weezer, in my opinion, has gone down quite a steep slope for these past few years, and honestly, I’ve never really been intrigued by their music style or songs in general. I never outright hated the band, it’s just that there wasn’t anything to really like about them for me. Their main flaws really went around due to how big of a mess of some of their albums ... read more
Tristan
55
Alright, I'll admit it. I was wrong.
Not super wrong, but still wrong.
"Ok Human" has grown on me a lot after a few more listens, and I must say that I do pull more enjoyment out of this record now. A lot of these songs are quite catchy and I don't find the production nearly as annoying anymore. Some of my complaints still stand though, especially about the lyrics. Just aren't really my thing. Glad to say that I do thoroughly enjoy some parts of this album though!

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Track List

  1. All My Favorite Songs
  2. Aloo Gobi
  3. Grapes of Wrath
  4. Numbers
  5. Playing My Piano
  6. Mirror Image
  7. Screens
  8. Bird With A Broken Wing
  9. Dead Roses
  10. Everything Happens For A Reason
  11. Here Comes The Rain
  12. La Brea Tar Pits
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