REVIEW: O.K. Go
The rock band O.K. Go has received much attention recently as their music video made the rounds on YouTube.com. The video is a low-budget affair featuring the band members dancing on treadmills set to the song "Here it Goes Again."
All this dancing on exercise equipment, however, has distracted from the fact that their sophomore effort, "Oh No," is a legitimate album -- full of sleek and catchy songs.
The album starts off with a bang with "Invincible" -- a song that features crashing and grinding guitars, juxtaposed with smooth vocals. Next up is "Do What You Want," for which the band clearly took Cristopher Walken's infamous suggestion for "more cowbell" -- the percussionist must have gotten a workout. The song has a pulsing beat throughout and an undeniably memorable hook.
"Here It Goes Again" shares the electric energy of the first two songs and has the potential to run through your head all day. Many of the band's songs showcase clever, spitfire-fast lyrics -- multiple listens are required to catch everything.
But not all of their songs are as hyperactive. "Oh, Lately It's So Quiet" is a one-sided conversation with a lost love. It waxes melancholy as the lead singer sighs, "If you're not here haunting me, I'm wondering, whose house are you haunting tonight?"
The last song, "The House Wins," is also a little slower, but the listener won't think that the band has lost any energy. They're just letting everyone catch their breath.
O.K. Go is a versatile band. They've proven to the general public that they're a lot of fun to watch -- "Oh No" proves that they're worth listening to as well.
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