By Maggie Peknic
Staff Weezer Stan
Weezer seemed to have an identity crisis during lockdown this summer. As they began to write OK Human, they forgoed their signature electronic sound in favor of a 38-piece orchestra. No electronic guitars, no click tracks, no loops. Weezer stated that they opted for these more traditional instruments, since they represented a time “when humans really mattered and when the dark-tech fantasy didn’t exist.” I think many of us can resonate with this statement. Between constant Zoom classes, facetimes with friends, and Netflix parties, technology has replaced numerous aspects of socialization. Weezer’s orchestra harks back to a time when pigeons carried messages instead of e-mail, a time when face-to-face interaction was one of the only ways to socialize. Like most of society, Weezer had a revelation about the importance of in-person interaction.
OK Human reflects these feelings of isolation, sadness, and overwhelming anxiety as the pandemic started and technology took over our lives. Before even listening to the album, you can find these feelings on the album cover. A cartoon version of Rivers Cuomo stands surrounded by technology and an alien. This alien emphasizes just how strange our world has become – everything we knew is flipped upside down.
These feelings of strangeness and isolation are also found within the songs. Each song on this album is a quarantine anthem. Each one reflects a different aspect of lockdown so well that in a few years, one might consider this album a period piece. Here’s some of my favorite lyrics: “Everyone stares at the screens,” “I haven’t washed my hair in three weeks,” and “I should get back to these Zoom interviews.” Even without their signature electronic sound, these somewhat-cringy lyrics make it recognizable as a staple Weezer song.
I recommend listening to this album, especially if you find yourself getting angry, sad, or annoyed with the pandemic. Or, if you don’t want to listen to the whole album, I recommend just listening to “All My Favorite Songs,” “Playing My Piano,” and “Grapes of Wrath.” Overall, Weezer’s change to orchestra works perfectly with the album’s theme and shows audiences their versatility.
5/5 q tips