“OK Human” is just OK

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Released January 29, “OK Human” is Weezer’s 14th studio album, the first of this decade, with 15th album “Van Weezer” scheduled for May.

To the excitement of indie fans everywhere, beloved alternative rock band Weezer released their first album of the decade: “OK Human.” The soundtrack, while certainly good, does not hit the level of greatness previous albums “Pinkerton” or “Weezer.”

“All My Favorite Songs,” “Grapes of Wrath,” and “Screens” are clearly the best parts of the album and provide interesting lyrics with memorable instrumentals. “All My Favorite Songs” and “Grapes of Wrath” are the first couple songs on the album, giving it a strong start that keeps the listener optimistic. 

Unfortunately, every song after is skippable. “Numbers” and “Playing My Piano” are incredibly irritating and have listeners move on to the next track within the first 30 seconds. Their lyrics are nonsensical, but not in the usual endearing style Weezer strives for, and the instrumentals are not good enough to make up for it. 

There is little to note about the rest of the album. “Here Comes the Rain,” with a similar concept as The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun,” is a fun listen that, while nothing special, is pleasant to play as background noise. “La Baer Tar Pits,” “Bird with a Broken Wing,” and the other four songs in the soundtrack are completely forgettable in their mediocrity. 

Sometimes, a band releases an album different from what their fans were looking for, and it ends up being a smash hit. Unfortunately for Weezer, “OK Human” feels more like a disappointing imitation of their previous music and is best to play in the background when doing homework.

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