OK Go – Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky (Parlophone) 01/02/2010

January 20, 2010 by  

For a band constantly tussling with their image of ‘that band from the wacky virals,’ the long awaited step from album three to four is a bold leap displaying the band’s ambition to explore their musical identity.

Gone are the straightforward pop-punk ideals of their previous efforts, to be replaced by a variety of truly provoking soundscapes paying a most deliberate homage to all that is Prince. The band have stated the huge influence the little man had over them during the recording sessions, and this is overwhelmingly clear on tracks such as ‘White Knuckles,’ which is a neatly packaged three minutes of ’80s synth, comforting vocals and wild guitar solos. Prince Nelson consider your spirit truly evoked!

The first track ‘WTF?’ is perhaps an ironic nod to what many of the fans will be thinking on first listen of the record. It creates a sound reminiscent of Jamiroquai’s brand of Neo-Jazz and Funk with greater influence on the disco elements. It also includes a beautifully toned solo showcasing the band’s desire to shake off their pop-punk power chord image. ‘In the Glass’ showcases an even greater change, taking the band into the uncharted direction of late ’60s pyschedelia. The track creates the sound of Prince taking on some of the Beatles later back catalogue, and the results are truly beautiful and unavoidably soothing.

The longevity between the last album and ‘Of the Blue Colour of the Sky’ may be easily explained by the vast development in the band’s sound. The step from garage rock to heavily laden synth-wonders, also known as ‘going electro,’ is a path that has claimed so many rock star careers, but as the gap between indie punk and dance floor disco is at its closest in years there may not be a better time for this record to be released. The tracks for the most part are truly soothing, a compilation of beautifully funky tunes that are sure to open the band up to a whole new fan base. Some of the band’s traditional fan base may disagree slightly and listen with bemusement, but there is enough funky groove in this record to suggest that we may be hearing plenty more of these tracks on the indie dance floor’s across the country.

[rating:3.5]

by John Abbott


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