Weezer shocked us all last week with the sudden release of their fourteenth studio album OK Human, featuring the lead single “All My Favorite Songs.” The album, an orchestral rock crossover, has been in the works since 2017. Although their busy touring schedule demanded stadium-friendly tunes, the band always kept this record on the backburner. And with the pandemic putting a pause on touring, the band could finally make OK Human a reality.
“All My Favorite Songs,” despite its sonic experimentation, still feels like classic Weezer. Rivers Cuomo’s trademark vocals are in full force here, and the sing-along chorus would be right at home on any of their 90s hits. The orchestral production, courtesy of longtime collaborator Jake Sinclair, is just subtle enough to not be distracting. String riffs weave in and out in a way that recalls The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony,” to immense success.
OK Human is, of course, a riff on Radiohead’s classic OK Computer, which dealt with anxieties surrounding technological advances. Although this track isn’t about that, the lyrics are built on contradictions that would make Thom Yorke proud:
All my favorite songs are slow and sad
All my favorite people make me mad
Everything that feels so good is bad, bad, bad
The playful video, however, does make direct reference to technology, as if winking about the album’s inspiration. Check it out below!
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