September 22, 2005
Unlike their fellow
indie rockers, Bloc Party, Arcade Fire or Black Rebel Motorcycle Club,
who have been experimenting with sampling, lyrical imagery and strange
gospel tracks, OK Go play it safe on their new album Oh No. They instead
opt for the traditional rock machine sound, but what they forgot was
that Jack White cornered that market long ago.
Even when I think back
now, I can only recall one or two songs that caught my attention
throughout my two listening sessions of Oh No. Sure, the opening track
“Invincible” works, but then it’s a long way to catchy “Million Ways.”
But what’s more insulting than the pre-recording jabber and the “1,2,3”
count that launches Oh No is the 34-minute hidden track. Whereas most
bands would oh-so-cleverly hide a song on B-side, OK Go hides a big fat
pot of nothing at the end of this 34-minute rainbow, just the sound of a
microphone left in someone’s vacant living-room. Make sure to delete it
from your iPod because it is just wasting valuable space for more worthy
tracks. On the bright side, the closing track “The House Wins” makes for
perfect OC soundtrack fodder.
All in all, Oh No is
one of those albums you might decide to revisit and pack for a long road
trip across the country, but with the price of gas these days, I don’t
see that happening anytime soon.