Ok Go - Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky
Craig Broad 02/11/2010
Can you remember Ok Go? Yeah, barely, me too. Having researched them for the purpose of this review, I revisited that one annoying catchy song they had that was ever so popular, 'Get Over It', did they actually record anything else, apparently so, but the sickly sweet 'Get Over It' is all I personally can remember and latest record 'Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky' seems a billion miles away from that (seven years and a billion miles away to be exact).
Five years have passed since their last album and a lot has changed. Firstly, Ok Go have severed ties with major label EMI (although that has nothing to do with the sound on this record, they left the label after recording this album) and secondly, the industry and the trends in music have swiftly changed since the days when Ok Go were deemed popular and successful. Its difficult to say where Ok Go sit in terms of sound on their third and latest album, to say they have become more dance orientated, or that they have even moved with the times would be to sell the band short. The band themselves state that the record was heavily inspired by Prince and it shows, but there are also times on the record that the vocals sound almost like, Blood Brothers, which I imagine would be frightening for most, but for me, that is bone shaking exciting right there.
To me at least, 'Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky' is an exciting record, it sounds like a band completely re-envisaging their sound, and almost testing their fans. It will divide the Ok Go fanbase, that's one certainty, but if you ask this critic, it's a brave move, and one I completely admire.
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