Album review: OK Go's 'Of the Blue Colour of the Sky'
OK Go has the mixed blessing of being a popular band that lacks any trademark sound. On "Colour," that's a feature, not a bug. They gallivant from deliciously spare red-eyed funk on "Skyscrapers" to spangled Blondie-ish rock on "I Want You So Bad I Can't Breathe" and "End Love." Dreamboat singer Damian Kulash rocks a swell ascot, but here he comes off as a falsetto-swinging sex god (he's said "Purple Rain" was a big influence here), and lo and behold it works.
Synth-besotted "WTF?" is the best pop single in 5/4 time in, well, maybe forever, and even the hokier vocoder experiments like "Before the Earth Was Round" seem pitch-perfect in context.
-- August Brown
"Of the Blue Colour of the Sky"
Three stars (Out of four)