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September 22, 2005

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CD Reviews
by Dan Brian

OK Go, Oh No

Capitol, 2005

*1/2

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.