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OK Go – Of the Blue Colour of the Sky

December 2, 2010

OK Go – Of the Blue Colour of the Sky [January 2010, Capitol Records]

Ok Go pretty much became famous for their awesome videos, as opposed to their fairly mediocre albums. Having said that, I personally think the two albums that come before ..Blue.. are pretty good, as middle of the road pop rock goes, but it is fair to say the quality of videos far surpasses that of the albums (check out any of their brilliantly choreographed videos on youtube), and in truth Ok Go never felt like anything more than a promising feelgood indie band that never quite delivered the full package. That is, until now.

Ok Go – WTF

Their latest effort, the poetically named Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, attracts and deserves attention for more than just its funky videos. They have finally shed their poppy roots and lived up to the grandeur hinted at in the first two albums, and this time I think they’ve hit the nail on the head. Where they previously stopped at funny lyrics and foot-tappingly catchy melodies, the new album adds a layer of depth and maturity not seen before, as well as a whirlwind of electronic wizardry characteristic of producer Dave Friedman, who hit it off instantly with the four boys from Chicago (coincidentally my favourite city in the US).

Ok Go – Needing/Getting

The reverb-drenched vocals, with just a hint of Flaming Lips about them, hide lyrics with deeper meanings (Everyone forgot what they knew/War became a job/Fear and doubt began/And god threw up his hands/The sky didn’t know what to do). The distorted bass works perfectly with the heavy funky drum and synth beats, reminiscent of Purple Rain era Prince on “WTF” and “White Knuckles”, and the vocoder-driven “Before The Earth Was Round” has elements of Air about it (no pun intended.. was that a pun? elements? air?).

Although their music may have (perhaps rightfully) been shunned for it’s light hearted simplicity in the past, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky is infinitely more delicate and intricate, and deserves attention from a wider audience, including yourself. This album is up there as a contender for album of the year (but that’s another story!). I can’t leave you without urging you to watch at least one of OkGo’s fantastic choreographed videos (the merry tradition of brilliantly quirky and clever videos has continued) –  here is my personal favourite, the fantastic Rube Goldberg inspired video for This Too Shall Pass:

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 6, 2010 12:54 am

    Spot on Biz, spot on. Contender for album of the year huh? Ominous! I’ll have to re-visit this album, along with many others, thanks to this blog. Where am I going to find the time?!

    I saw a video today with a bunch of dogs doing sweet tricks, it looked like an OK Go Video. Let me check. (Checks) Yep, I was right. Those boys! It’s for White Knuckle, maybe it’s new? I haven’t seen it before today anyway.

  2. Robbie Bizzle permalink
    December 6, 2010 4:34 pm

    Yep, White Knuckles has the dog video. I saw it a while ago.. I’m not sure if they officially release the videos or what! I think my favourite vid might be the alternative one for This Too Shall Pass:

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