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Of the Blue Colour of the Sky
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Yes, I was a big fan of the old Prince music to which everyone is comparing it. And if you read their bio blurb on Lala you'll see that they freely admit this album is influenced by Prince. And I catch that feeling in "White Knuckles" and maybe a little bit in "Skyscrapers".
Really, though, this sounds like the third album from a really great band - as in a band that is not afraid of growth and change even if it takes them in a new direction from what made them popular. Their sound changed. Um, yes. That's what happens when bands don't pull from the same stale formulas. If you want a band that always sounds the same go buy a half dozen Nickelback albums. If you want an album full of songs that are both catchy and full of soul, then pick up Of the Blue Colour of the Sky.
So far they have released three versions of this cd, and none of them are the "friendly, listenable" version. Each time, you get stuck with the same crappy production. I am sure they thought it was artful. To me, it's like spending months creating the perfect painting, then throwing a bucket of paint on it and saying, "There! Now it's done!" Sad, because the music is great. I saw them on Cobert and it was fantastic. It's a shame that the crummy sound wasn't mentioned in the interview.
I would have given this album 5 stars if it wasn't for the tortured, distorted, mess that they made it.
"Of the Blue Colour of the Sky" (13 tracks; 51 min.) starts off with an unusually heavy "WTF", and after that it becomes clear very quickly that the band's sound since the previous album 5 years ago has developed (read: changed) significantly. Not nearly as eclectic or catchy, for one. A lot "busier" too. The highlights are far too few for me: a breezy "This Too Shall Past", "All Is Not Lost" entertains; a light "I Want You So Bad I Can't Breathe", and you'll notice these all appear on the first half of the album. In fact, as the album goes on, things get "weirder and weirderer". By the time you get to "Back From Kathmandu", you wonder whether this is even the same band from "A Million Ways".
In all, this is not a bad album per se, but I didn't expect such a radical departure from the band's established sound. For those that like this album, more power to ya. I'll probably stick with the first two albums. I've seen OK Go a number of times over the years, most recently last September at the Monolith music festival at the Red Rocks near Denver, and as usual, they put on a tremendously enjoyable 1 hr. set. If you wonder where you can hear these guys, check out WOXY (BAM! The Future of Rock and Roll), the internet-only station that brings the best indie-music in the country. Meanwhile, buyer beware: "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky" is not a bad album, but OK Go has been much better than this.