Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky<< Adam, March 12th, 2010 >>

I’m sure by now you’ve seen:

If you haven’t, watch it and then come back.  This post will still be here.

Done?  Good, now let’s talk about OK Go.  Specifically, let’s talk about their most recent album, Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky.

I became an OK Go fan a little after the original Here It Goes Again craze.  I actually saw OK Go live somewhere in the 2002-2004 range, when I saw them open for They Might Be Giants at The Recher in Towson.  I remember thinking that they were kind of catchy, but really just loud.  In retrospect that could be because I was literally standing in the front of the venue, which is probably not the best place to actually judge the musical talents of a band.  Fast forward to 2007 or so.  Here It Goes Again is unquestionably catchy.  I broke down and bought Oh No and immediately thought, “Holy crap, what have I been missing?”  Without hesitation I went back and bought the self titled OK Go to add to my collection.

Needless to say, I was excited to get a new album from OK Go.

However, after listening to it for a few weeks I must admit, I’m conflicted on my verdict for the album.  This album is missing a lot of the driving rock feel that was so prevalent on the last two discs.  You won’t hear anything in the vein of Get Over It or Invincible here.  Initially, that was very disappointing to me.  I knew what I was looking for, and I wasn’t getting it.  Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky (lets just go with Blue from here on out, shall we?) is more on the end of songs like Shortly Before The End.  Songs that have a lot of layers, a lot of things going on at once.  Songs that, frankly, won’t sound even remotely the same live.  Clearly the focus shifted for Blue; the goal, musically doesn’t seem to be the same.

The more I thought about it, the more I was OK with that.  Preamble to the next thought: I do not want to get into any discussion of OK Go as they compare to The Beatles, but the following comparison came to mind.  This must’ve been how Beatles fans felt during the Rubber Soul/Revolver days.  I’m sure they were wondering where the “rock” was going.  I’m trying to keep the same sort of open mind here; bands develop, they evolve.  Is it possible that this means OK Go is going to a place, musically, where I won’t care about their next album?  Maybe – but at least as far as Blue goes, I’m still listening.

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