OK Go's new album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky is available today. It's the third full-length from the former Chicagoans best known for their treadmill antics in the Grammy-winning 2007 video for "Here It Goes Again."
The new album is getting good reviews so far, and OK Go is working on a video for each of the album's 13 tracks—attempting to preserve their status as the most downloaded band of all time. This could mean more coordinated dance moves involving workout apparatuses. They don't call this group "power pop" for nothing, which actually tempts me to shun them like Sandra Bullock's latest, but this record is being described as a much darker and more introspective work, influenced by the current global state of gloom and doom. The band says that when starting work on the album, they found themselves burned out on power chords and anthemic rock and wanted to return to the types of music that influenced them as kids, namely Prince, Depeche Mode, and Led Zeppelin.
See what you think. Have they successfully shed their "power pop" mantle? I don't know that the tracks I've heard reflect any "dark" sensibilities—mostly just Purple Rain-infused funk and glam—but maybe at the time of its creation this album served as a release from the heavy personal issues affecting various members of the band. It's definitely a departure from their previous sound, veering heavily into MGMT territory.
"This Too Shall Pass"
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"I Want You So Bad I Can't Breathe"
Download "I Want You So Bad I Can't Breathe" [mp3]