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Heralds of alt-rock, the Californians Weezer keep churning out albums one after the other as if it was no bother at all. This is their fourteenth album: a sign of rare vitality for members of this scene. Under the leadership of their frontman, songwriter and lead singer Rivers Cuomo, the group still affects the same nervousness crossed with a certain melancholy. They endure thanks to an extraordinary ability to adapt to a perpetually-changing environment. They have moved onto YouTube and are cracking the codes of new networks in a way that few groups of the same genre have managed to do. Weezer, with an unfailingly creative approach to their music videos, are still there - and so are their fans. With the offbeat and retro aesthetic which they have cultivated since their debut in 1994, which was produced by the great Ric Ocasek (leader of Cars), it was an easy choice for Weezer to make an album of covers of powerful eighties songs: 2019's Teal Album. With a cover of A-Ha's Take On Me garnering more than 23 million views on YouTube... Another post-modern hobby of Cuomo's is making concept albums with the help of an orchestra. Inspired by a 1970 album by Harry Nilsson featuring songs by Randy Newman (Nilsson Sings Newman) as well as The Beach Boys' 1966 landmark Pet Sounds, Weezer are in gala attire here, accompanied by an army of thirty-eight musicians. Piano, violins, cellos, flutes... From the first piece, All My Favorite Songs, the stage is set, Rivers Cuomo is enjoying himself and cheerfully pastiching the Beatles and McCartney's Wings (the strings were recorded at Abbey Road Studios). This is a powerful influence on Playing My Piano and its syrupy vocal flights. OK Human shows a new facet of Rivers Cuomo's immense talent, leaving behind his saturated guitars for a classic pop sound that is a little unctuous: but the writer's irony is never lost from sight. The irony is even in the title of the record, OK Human, a nod to Radiohead's OK Computer (1997). Another familiar feature: the CD's playtime is 30 minutes. OK Human is a pleasant interlude before a return to the rock and guitars of the next album, Van Weezer, a tribute to Van Halen, which is set to arrive just a few weeks after this release... © Yan Céh / Qobuz

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1
All My Favorite Songs
00:03:22

John Sinclair, Mixer - Patrick Wilson, Drums, Guitar - WILLIAM WITTMAN, Chief Engineer - Tony Kadleck, Trumpet - Ben Johnson, Writer - Ilsey Juber, Writer - Jonathan Allen, Chief Engineer - Rivers Cuomo, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Weezer, MainArtist - ROB MATHES, String Arranger, Arrangement Horn, Strings Conductor, Woodwind Arranger, Horns Conductor - Jake Sinclair, Producer - Scott Shriner, Background Vocals, Bass - Pete Lyman, Masterer - Ann Lehmann, Violin - Lisa Kim, Violin, Concertmaster - Alan Stepansky, Cello - Erik Ralske, French Horn - Jung Sun Yoo, Violin - Sharon Yamada, Violin - Ryan Keberle, Trombone - Matt Lehmann, Violin - Paul Pritchard, Engineer - Brian Bell, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Tara Helen O'Connor, Flute, Piccolo - Michael Roth, Viola - Maureen Sickler, Engineer - Joanna Maurer, Violin - William Carroll, Engineer - John Romano, Trombone - Suzy Shinn, Engineer, VocalProducer - Andy Maxwell, AssistantEngineer - Zach Fisher, Engineer - Perry Margouleff, Engineer - Karl Wingate, AssistantEngineer - Ashley Gorely, Writer - Rachel White, Engineer - Keisuke Ikuma, Oboe, English Horn - Branko Presley, AssistantEngineer - Lazaro Zarate, AssistantEngineer - Becky Young, Viola - Will Frampton, Viola - Pavel Vinitsky, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet - Brian Fombona, Engineer - Lawton Burris, Assistant Additional Recording Engineer - Peter Bahng, Violin - Joel Noyes, Viola - Ray Riccomini, Trumpet - Anne Sharer, French Horn - Dan Shell, Bassoon, Contra-Bassoon

under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., © 2021 Weezer under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., ℗ 2021 Weezer

2
Aloo Gobi
00:03:03

John Sinclair, Mixer - Patrick Wilson, Drums, Guitar - Steve Morris, Violin - WILLIAM WITTMAN, Chief Engineer - Jonathan Allen, Recorded by, Chief Engineer - Ian Burdge, Cello - Rivers Cuomo, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Weezer, MainArtist - ROB MATHES, String Arranger, Arrangement Horn, Strings Conductor, Woodwind Arranger, Horns Conductor - Jake Sinclair, Producer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin - Andy Parker, Viola - Julian Leaper, Concertmaster, First Violin - Cathy Thompson, Violin - Martin Loveday, Cello - Mark Berrow, Violin - Magnus Johnston, Violin - Kate Musker, Viola - Paul Willey, Violin - Dave Daniels, Cello - Scott Shriner, Backing Vocals, Bass - Pete Lyman, Masterer - Pete Hanson, Violin - Paul Pritchard, Engineer - Brian Bell, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Natalia Bonner, Violin - Maureen Sickler, Engineer - William Carroll, Engineer - Suzy Shinn, Engineer, VocalProducer - Andy Maxwell, AssistantEngineer - Zach Fisher, Engineer - Lydia Lowndes-Northcott, Viola - Perry Margouleff, Engineer - Karl Wingate, AssistantEngineer - Rachel White, Engineer - Branko Presley, AssistantEngineer - Lazaro Zarate, AssistantEngineer - Brian Fombona, Engineer - Lawton Burris, Assistant Additional Recording Engineer

under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., © 2021 Weezer under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., ℗ 2021 Weezer

3
Grapes Of Wrath
00:02:50

John Sinclair, Mixer - Patrick Wilson, Drums, Guitar - Steve Morris, Violin - WILLIAM WITTMAN, Chief Engineer - Jonathan Allen, Recorded by, Chief Engineer - Ian Burdge, Cello - Rivers Cuomo, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Weezer, MainArtist - ROB MATHES, String Arranger, Arrangement Horn, Strings Conductor, Woodwind Arranger, Horns Conductor - Jake Sinclair, Producer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin - Andy Parker, Viola - Julian Leaper, Concertmaster, First Violin - Cathy Thompson, Violin - Martin Loveday, Cello - Mark Berrow, Violin - Magnus Johnston, Violin - Kate Musker, Viola - Paul Willey, Violin - Dave Daniels, Cello - Scott Shriner, Backing Vocals, Bass - Pete Lyman, Masterer - Pete Hanson, Violin - Paul Pritchard, Engineer - Brian Bell, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Natalia Bonner, Violin - Maureen Sickler, Engineer - William Carroll, Engineer - Suzy Shinn, Engineer, VocalProducer - Andy Maxwell, AssistantEngineer - Zach Fisher, Engineer - Lydia Lowndes-Northcott, Viola - Perry Margouleff, Engineer - Karl Wingate, AssistantEngineer - Rachel White, Engineer - Branko Presley, AssistantEngineer - Lazaro Zarate, AssistantEngineer - Brian Fombona, Engineer - Lawton Burris, Assistant Additional Recording Engineer

under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., © 2021 Weezer under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., ℗ 2021 Weezer

4
Numbers
00:03:20

John Sinclair, Mixer - Patrick Wilson, Drums, Guitar - WILLIAM WITTMAN, Chief Engineer - Tony Kadleck, Trumpet - Jonathan Allen, Chief Engineer - Rivers Cuomo, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Weezer, MainArtist - ROB MATHES, String Arranger, Arrangement Horn, Strings Conductor, Woodwind Arranger, Horns Conductor - Jake Sinclair, Producer - Scott Shriner, Backing Vocals, Bass - Pete Lyman, Masterer - Ann Lehmann, Violin - Lisa Kim, Violin, Concertmaster - Alan Stepansky, Cello - Erik Ralske, French Horn - Jung Sun Yoo, Violin - Sharon Yamada, Violin - Ryan Keberle, Trombone - Matt Lehmann, Violin - Paul Pritchard, Engineer - Brian Bell, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Tara Helen O'Connor, Flute, Piccolo - Michael Roth, Viola - Maureen Sickler, Engineer - Joanna Maurer, Violin - William Carroll, Engineer - John Romano, Trombone - Suzy Shinn, Engineer, VocalProducer - Andy Maxwell, AssistantEngineer - Zach Fisher, Engineer - Perry Margouleff, Engineer - Karl Wingate, AssistantEngineer - Rachel White, Engineer - Keisuke Ikuma, Oboe, English Horn - Branko Presley, AssistantEngineer - Lazaro Zarate, AssistantEngineer - Becky Young, Viola - Will Frampton, Viola - Pavel Vinitsky, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet - Brian Fombona, Engineer - Lawton Burris, Assistant Additional Recording Engineer - Peter Bahng, Violin - Joel Noyes, Viola - Ray Riccomini, Trumpet - Anne Sharer, French Horn - Dan Shell, Bassoon, Contra-Bassoon

under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., © 2021 Weezer under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., ℗ 2021 Weezer

5
Playing My Piano
00:02:36

John Sinclair, Mixer - Patrick Wilson, Drums, Guitar - Steve Morris, Violin - WILLIAM WITTMAN, Chief Engineer - Jonathan Allen, Recorded by, Chief Engineer - Ian Burdge, Cello - Rivers Cuomo, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Weezer, MainArtist - ROB MATHES, String Arranger, Arrangement Horn, Strings Conductor, Woodwind Arranger, Horns Conductor - Jake Sinclair, Producer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin - Andy Parker, Viola - Julian Leaper, Concertmaster, First Violin - Cathy Thompson, Violin - Martin Loveday, Cello - Mark Berrow, Violin - Magnus Johnston, Violin - Kate Musker, Viola - Paul Willey, Violin - Dave Daniels, Cello - Scott Shriner, Backing Vocals, Bass - Pete Lyman, Masterer - Pete Hanson, Violin - Paul Pritchard, Engineer - Brian Bell, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Natalia Bonner, Violin - Maureen Sickler, Engineer - William Carroll, Engineer - Suzy Shinn, Engineer, VocalProducer - Andy Maxwell, AssistantEngineer - Zach Fisher, Engineer - Lydia Lowndes-Northcott, Viola - Perry Margouleff, Engineer - Karl Wingate, AssistantEngineer - Rachel White, Engineer - Branko Presley, AssistantEngineer - Lazaro Zarate, AssistantEngineer - Brian Fombona, Engineer - Lawton Burris, Assistant Additional Recording Engineer

under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., © 2021 Weezer under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., ℗ 2021 Weezer

6
Mirror Image
00:01:17

John Sinclair, Mixer - Patrick Wilson, Drums, Guitar - Steve Morris, Violin - WILLIAM WITTMAN, Chief Engineer - Jonathan Allen, Recorded by, Chief Engineer - Ian Burdge, Cello - Rivers Cuomo, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Weezer, MainArtist - ROB MATHES, String Arranger, Arrangement Horn, Strings Conductor, Woodwind Arranger, Horns Conductor - Jake Sinclair, Producer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin - Andy Parker, Viola - Julian Leaper, Concertmaster, First Violin - Cathy Thompson, Violin - Martin Loveday, Cello - Mark Berrow, Violin - Magnus Johnston, Violin - Kate Musker, Viola - Paul Willey, Violin - Dave Daniels, Cello - Scott Shriner, Backing Vocals, Bass - Pete Lyman, Masterer - Pete Hanson, Violin - Paul Pritchard, Engineer - Brian Bell, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Natalia Bonner, Violin - Maureen Sickler, Engineer - William Carroll, Engineer - Suzy Shinn, Engineer, VocalProducer - Andy Maxwell, AssistantEngineer - Zach Fisher, Engineer - Lydia Lowndes-Northcott, Viola - Perry Margouleff, Engineer - Karl Wingate, AssistantEngineer - Rachel White, Engineer - Branko Presley, AssistantEngineer - Lazaro Zarate, AssistantEngineer - Brian Fombona, Engineer - Lawton Burris, Assistant Additional Recording Engineer

under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., © 2021 Weezer under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., ℗ 2021 Weezer

7
Screens
00:02:11

John Sinclair, Mixer - Patrick Wilson, Drums, Guitar - Steve Morris, Violin - WILLIAM WITTMAN, Chief Engineer - Jonathan Allen, Recorded by, Chief Engineer - Ian Burdge, Cello - Rivers Cuomo, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Weezer, MainArtist - ROB MATHES, String Arranger, Arrangement Horn, Strings Conductor, Woodwind Arranger, Horns Conductor - Jake Sinclair, Producer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin - Andy Parker, Viola - Julian Leaper, Concertmaster, First Violin - Cathy Thompson, Violin - Martin Loveday, Cello - Mark Berrow, Violin - Magnus Johnston, Violin - Kate Musker, Viola - Paul Willey, Violin - Dave Daniels, Cello - Scott Shriner, Backing Vocals, Bass - Pete Lyman, Masterer - Pete Hanson, Violin - Paul Pritchard, Engineer - Brian Bell, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Natalia Bonner, Violin - Maureen Sickler, Engineer - William Carroll, Engineer - Suzy Shinn, Engineer, VocalProducer - Andy Maxwell, AssistantEngineer - Zach Fisher, Engineer - Lydia Lowndes-Northcott, Viola - Perry Margouleff, Engineer - Karl Wingate, AssistantEngineer - Rachel White, Engineer - Branko Presley, AssistantEngineer - Lazaro Zarate, AssistantEngineer - Brian Fombona, Engineer - Lawton Burris, Assistant Additional Recording Engineer

under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., © 2021 Weezer under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., ℗ 2021 Weezer

8
Bird With A Broken Wing
00:03:51

John Sinclair, Mixer - Patrick Wilson, Drums, Guitar - Steve Morris, Violin - WILLIAM WITTMAN, Chief Engineer - Jonathan Allen, Recorded by, Chief Engineer - Ian Burdge, Cello - Rivers Cuomo, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Weezer, MainArtist - ROB MATHES, String Arranger, Arrangement Horn, Strings Conductor, Woodwind Arranger, Horns Conductor - Jake Sinclair, Producer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin - Andy Parker, Viola - Julian Leaper, Concertmaster, First Violin - Cathy Thompson, Violin - Martin Loveday, Cello - Mark Berrow, Violin - Magnus Johnston, Violin - Kate Musker, Viola - Paul Willey, Violin - Dave Daniels, Cello - Scott Shriner, Backing Vocals, Bass - Pete Lyman, Masterer - Pete Hanson, Violin - Paul Pritchard, Engineer - Brian Bell, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Natalia Bonner, Violin - Maureen Sickler, Engineer - William Carroll, Engineer - Suzy Shinn, Engineer, VocalProducer - Andy Maxwell, AssistantEngineer - Zach Fisher, Engineer - Lydia Lowndes-Northcott, Viola - Perry Margouleff, Engineer - Karl Wingate, AssistantEngineer - Rachel White, Engineer - Branko Presley, AssistantEngineer - Lazaro Zarate, AssistantEngineer - Brian Fombona, Engineer - Lawton Burris, Assistant Additional Recording Engineer

under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., © 2021 Weezer under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., ℗ 2021 Weezer

9
Dead Roses
00:02:17

John Sinclair, Mixer - Patrick Wilson, Drums, Guitar - Steve Morris, Violin - WILLIAM WITTMAN, Chief Engineer - Jonathan Allen, Recorded by, Chief Engineer - Ian Burdge, Cello - Rivers Cuomo, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Weezer, MainArtist - ROB MATHES, String Arranger, Arrangement Horn, Strings Conductor, Woodwind Arranger, Horns Conductor - Jake Sinclair, Producer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin - Andy Parker, Viola - Julian Leaper, Concertmaster, First Violin - Cathy Thompson, Violin - Martin Loveday, Cello - Mark Berrow, Violin - Magnus Johnston, Violin - Kate Musker, Viola - Paul Willey, Violin - Dave Daniels, Cello - Scott Shriner, Backing Vocals, Bass - Pete Lyman, Masterer - Pete Hanson, Violin - Paul Pritchard, Engineer - Brian Bell, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Natalia Bonner, Violin - Maureen Sickler, Engineer - William Carroll, Engineer - Suzy Shinn, Engineer, VocalProducer - Andy Maxwell, AssistantEngineer - Zach Fisher, Engineer - Lydia Lowndes-Northcott, Viola - Perry Margouleff, Engineer - Karl Wingate, AssistantEngineer - Rachel White, Engineer - Branko Presley, AssistantEngineer - Lazaro Zarate, AssistantEngineer - Brian Fombona, Engineer - Lawton Burris, Assistant Additional Recording Engineer

under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., © 2021 Weezer under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., ℗ 2021 Weezer

10
Everything Happens For A Reason
00:00:23

John Sinclair, Mixer - Patrick Wilson, Drums, Guitar - Steve Morris, Violin - WILLIAM WITTMAN, Chief Engineer - Jonathan Allen, Recorded by, Chief Engineer - Ian Burdge, Cello - Rivers Cuomo, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Weezer, MainArtist - ROB MATHES, String Arranger, Arrangement Horn, Strings Conductor, Woodwind Arranger, Horns Conductor - Jake Sinclair, Producer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin - Andy Parker, Viola - Julian Leaper, Concertmaster, First Violin - Cathy Thompson, Violin - Martin Loveday, Cello - Mark Berrow, Violin - Magnus Johnston, Violin - Kate Musker, Viola - Paul Willey, Violin - Dave Daniels, Cello - Scott Shriner, Backing Vocals, Bass - Pete Lyman, Masterer - Pete Hanson, Violin - Paul Pritchard, Engineer - Brian Bell, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Natalia Bonner, Violin - Maureen Sickler, Engineer - William Carroll, Engineer - Suzy Shinn, Engineer, VocalProducer - Andy Maxwell, AssistantEngineer - Zach Fisher, Engineer - Lydia Lowndes-Northcott, Viola - Perry Margouleff, Engineer - Karl Wingate, AssistantEngineer - Rachel White, Engineer - Branko Presley, AssistantEngineer - Lazaro Zarate, AssistantEngineer - Brian Fombona, Engineer - Lawton Burris, Assistant Additional Recording Engineer

under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., © 2021 Weezer under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., ℗ 2021 Weezer

11
Here Comes The Rain
00:02:27

John Sinclair, Mixer - Patrick Wilson, Drums, Guitar - Steve Morris, Violin - WILLIAM WITTMAN, Chief Engineer - Jonathan Allen, Recorded by, Chief Engineer - Ian Burdge, Cello - Rivers Cuomo, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Weezer, MainArtist - ROB MATHES, String Arranger, Arrangement Horn, Strings Conductor, Woodwind Arranger, Horns Conductor - Jake Sinclair, Producer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin - Andy Parker, Viola - Julian Leaper, Concertmaster, First Violin - Cathy Thompson, Violin - Martin Loveday, Cello - Mark Berrow, Violin - Magnus Johnston, Violin - Kate Musker, Viola - Paul Willey, Violin - Dave Daniels, Cello - Scott Shriner, Backing Vocals, Bass - Pete Lyman, Masterer - Pete Hanson, Violin - Paul Pritchard, Engineer - Brian Bell, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Natalia Bonner, Violin - Maureen Sickler, Engineer - William Carroll, Engineer - Suzy Shinn, Engineer, VocalProducer - Andy Maxwell, AssistantEngineer - Zach Fisher, Engineer - Lydia Lowndes-Northcott, Viola - Perry Margouleff, Engineer - Karl Wingate, AssistantEngineer - Rachel White, Engineer - Branko Presley, AssistantEngineer - Lazaro Zarate, AssistantEngineer - Brian Fombona, Engineer - Lawton Burris, Assistant Additional Recording Engineer

under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., © 2021 Weezer under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., ℗ 2021 Weezer

12
La Brea Tar Pits
00:02:50

John Sinclair, Mixer - Patrick Wilson, Drums, Guitar - Steve Morris, Violin - WILLIAM WITTMAN, Chief Engineer - Jonathan Allen, Recorded by, Chief Engineer - Ian Burdge, Cello - Rivers Cuomo, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer - Weezer, MainArtist - ROB MATHES, String Arranger, Arrangement Horn, Strings Conductor, Woodwind Arranger, Horns Conductor - Jake Sinclair, Producer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin - Andy Parker, Viola - Julian Leaper, Concertmaster, First Violin - Cathy Thompson, Violin - Martin Loveday, Cello - Mark Berrow, Violin - Magnus Johnston, Violin - Kate Musker, Viola - Paul Willey, Violin - Dave Daniels, Cello - Scott Shriner, Backing Vocals, Bass - Pete Lyman, Masterer - Pete Hanson, Violin - Paul Pritchard, Engineer - Brian Bell, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Natalia Bonner, Violin - Maureen Sickler, Engineer - William Carroll, Engineer - Suzy Shinn, Engineer, VocalProducer - Andy Maxwell, AssistantEngineer - Zach Fisher, Engineer - Lydia Lowndes-Northcott, Viola - Perry Margouleff, Engineer - Karl Wingate, AssistantEngineer - Rachel White, Engineer - Branko Presley, AssistantEngineer - Lazaro Zarate, AssistantEngineer - Brian Fombona, Engineer - Lawton Burris, Assistant Additional Recording Engineer

under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., © 2021 Weezer under exclusive license to Crush Music / Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and Crush Music / WEA International Inc. for the world excluding the United States. A Warner Music Company., ℗ 2021 Weezer

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Heralds of alt-rock, the Californians Weezer keep churning out albums one after the other as if it was no bother at all. This is their fourteenth album: a sign of rare vitality for members of this scene. Under the leadership of their frontman, songwriter and lead singer Rivers Cuomo, the group still affects the same nervousness crossed with a certain melancholy. They endure thanks to an extraordinary ability to adapt to a perpetually-changing environment. They have moved onto YouTube and are cracking the codes of new networks in a way that few groups of the same genre have managed to do. Weezer, with an unfailingly creative approach to their music videos, are still there - and so are their fans. With the offbeat and retro aesthetic which they have cultivated since their debut in 1994, which was produced by the great Ric Ocasek (leader of Cars), it was an easy choice for Weezer to make an album of covers of powerful eighties songs: 2019's Teal Album. With a cover of A-Ha's Take On Me garnering more than 23 million views on YouTube... Another post-modern hobby of Cuomo's is making concept albums with the help of an orchestra. Inspired by a 1970 album by Harry Nilsson featuring songs by Randy Newman (Nilsson Sings Newman) as well as The Beach Boys' 1966 landmark Pet Sounds, Weezer are in gala attire here, accompanied by an army of thirty-eight musicians. Piano, violins, cellos, flutes... From the first piece, All My Favorite Songs, the stage is set, Rivers Cuomo is enjoying himself and cheerfully pastiching the Beatles and McCartney's Wings (the strings were recorded at Abbey Road Studios). This is a powerful influence on Playing My Piano and its syrupy vocal flights. OK Human shows a new facet of Rivers Cuomo's immense talent, leaving behind his saturated guitars for a classic pop sound that is a little unctuous: but the writer's irony is never lost from sight. The irony is even in the title of the record, OK Human, a nod to Radiohead's OK Computer (1997). Another familiar feature: the CD's playtime is 30 minutes. OK Human is a pleasant interlude before a return to the rock and guitars of the next album, Van Weezer, a tribute to Van Halen, which is set to arrive just a few weeks after this release... © Yan Céh / Qobuz

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