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Album review: OK Go's 'Of the Blue Colour of the Sky'

January 11, 2010 |  5:44 pm
OK_GO_COLOUR_240_ OK Go became famous for videos in which the band's members were seen dancing, so it's natural that its new album "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky" comes straight from the hips. But "Colour" is a funny kind of floor-filler, one that takes all the source material of '70s downtown disco, '80s Lothario funk and early aughts punk-funk and makes an unexpectedly rewarding headphones album from it.

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)