Composer: OK Go
Release Date: 2010-01-20
Though they’re one of the past decade’s few memorable mainstream pop/rock groups, OK Go have only released two albums. This long-awaited third record preserves everything fun, smart, and snappy about OK Go, while adding the heightened confidence and proficiency that ideally comes with age.
The band’s current style amplifies the earlier material’s funky boogie-pop components. The guys get particularly Prince-y on “WTF?” and “White Knuckles.” And some moody, spacey moments like “Skyscrapers” and “Before the Earth Was Round” have a decidedly Air vibe.
Despite such easy comparisons, the band’s authoritative execution makes it feel like OK Go are increasingly honing their own creative identity. Huge-sounding production and adventurous arrangements give the album an immersive, commanding presence. It’s thicker, heavier, and a tad darker than the first two albums, but still manages to sound upbeat and accessible. Consistently catchy, Blue Colour is a nonstop onslaught of get-down good times. — Michael David Toth