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  • Summary: The 14th full-length studio release for the alternative rock band led by Rivers Cuomo was produced by Jake Sinclair.
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  • Record Label: Atlantic
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Power Pop, Pop Punk
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Classic Rock Magazine
    Mar 2, 2021
    90
    An unlikely masterpiece. [Apr 2021, p.89]
  2. Jan 28, 2021
    90
    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.
  3. Feb 1, 2021
    84
    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.
  4. Jan 28, 2021
    75
    It’s solid, in other words—which isn’t damning with faint praise, rather affirming that Weezer is nailing this material. It’s in the slower, more balladry-driven songs that OK Human (the latest in a long line of stupid reference-heavy album titles, this time nodding at Radiohead’s classic) finds its openly beating heart.
  5. Feb 2, 2021
    70
    It’s the same melodies and patterns as the group have long favoured, but even the potentially cringeworthy ‘Screens’ (a song about, of course, how we’re all glued to them) barely raises a shrug when surrounded by such luscious, bombastic sounds. By focusing on minutiae, too, what is ostensibly a lockdown album (hello, reference to Zoom interviews) avoids cliche.
  6. Jan 28, 2021
    70
    Cuomo’s habit of describing how he feels, instead of fusing his emotions directly to the songs (as lyricist Tony Asher did with Brian Wilson), gets in the way of OK Human becoming a breakthrough.
  7. 42
    The problem with OK Human isn't that Cuomo makes a facepalm-inducing Kim Jong-un reference and rhymes sad with bad, it's that there's not enough genuine pathos to outweigh the places where he can't help himself. Instead, the fleeting moments of authenticity are hidden beneath a pile of hokey one-liners, spotty vocal performances, and awkward arrangements that rely on the accompanying orchestra to provide all of the emotional depth.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 53
  2. Negative: 3 out of 53
  1. Feb 2, 2021
    10
    Best Weezer album in over a decade, the orchestra really sounds fantastic alongside Cuomo's vocals.
  2. Feb 8, 2021
    10
    Rivers Cuomo said at some point that he wouldn't write another record like Pinkerton (citation needed I know) but I think he just did it, OKRivers Cuomo said at some point that he wouldn't write another record like Pinkerton (citation needed I know) but I think he just did it, OK HUMAN is my favorite weezer album after pinkerton and blue it is a complete enjoy listening to these themes of the lockdown, the orchestra is delightful and somehow I have the sense that the band really liked to play/record this album, if I need to say a bad thing of the record is that is too short.
    The first single is good, the second song of the record is really good too (you might need to search about the meaning of some things mentioned in the song), now Grapes of Wrath, Numbers and Playing my Piano are my favorite, so strong somehow find myself singing these songs in my head all day long. The rest of the album is delightful and I highly recommend you to get this on vinyl, cassette, cd or your spotify and enjoy this because I don't think we'll see another weezer record like this in a long time. Cheers.
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  3. Jan 31, 2021
    10
    An absolute classic front to back. Fantastic songs and amazing strings arrangement and booming drums! A Weezer album that sounds so differentAn absolute classic front to back. Fantastic songs and amazing strings arrangement and booming drums! A Weezer album that sounds so different yet so much like Weezer. A must listen! Expand
  4. Feb 15, 2021
    9
    One of the only recent albums I want to listen to from start to finish. Like someone else already said this album is excellently sequenced,One of the only recent albums I want to listen to from start to finish. Like someone else already said this album is excellently sequenced, which makes this album better than the sum of its parts. I have enjoyed all recent Weezer albums to some extent, but this one might even overtake the White Album as their best album of the 2000s. Expand
  5. Jan 30, 2021
    9
    A rare true work of art from Weezer. Navigating their vast discography can be a minefield, but OK Human is front to back good and deserves toA rare true work of art from Weezer. Navigating their vast discography can be a minefield, but OK Human is front to back good and deserves to be heard in one sitting. Expand
  6. Feb 11, 2021
    8
    Shockingly good and shows that an experiment can lead to a fantastic outcome.

    After releasing The Black Album, which I feel is one of their
    Shockingly good and shows that an experiment can lead to a fantastic outcome.

    After releasing The Black Album, which I feel is one of their worst of their catalogue, Rivers and co. have released its antithesis in the form of OK Human. Accompanied with a 38-piece orchestra, Weezer have created an interesting blend of baroque-pop and their signature sound, resulting in catchy, beautiful melodies that stick in your head like a piano-driven parasite. Though the cheese can sometimes get cranked up to 10, the lyrics take a significantly mature direction on the album, with Rivers trading his infatuation with the ladies and wanting to party for more introspective things like his slob-like tendencies mid-quarantine, the world's addiction to clout, or his coming of age, not wanting to be seen as a has-been after decades of writing music.

    Songs like "Grapes of Wrath" and "Dead Roses" are certainly standouts for me, though the entire album is an absolute masterpiece and is warranted a listen.
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  7. Feb 2, 2021
    0
    Just a terrible album, Weezer should stick to what they do best and not spill out this orchestral indie ****
    Honestly think I'm gunna vomit
    Just a terrible album, Weezer should stick to what they do best and not spill out this orchestral indie ****
    Honestly think I'm gunna vomit from listening to this album, searching for any redeeming qualities.

    Gross 0/10
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