Positive: 4 out of 4
Mixed: 0 out of 4
Negative: 0 out of 4
Mar 6, 2012Where "Oh No" was a dramatic improvement over their Eponymous first album, it still contained the same pop-flavored playfulness. "Of the Color of the Blue Sky", though, takes a huge composition and genre leap into new frontiers for the band.
At first glance, this album didn't grab me. But as most "evolutionary" albums go, it takes a few listens to really grasp what the band is attempting. The song that kept be coming back was "This Too Shall Pass", along with (of course) the incredible Rube Goldberg machine video. However, the rest of the album quickly grew on me to the point that I was amazed at the incredible collection of songs.
Kulash's ever-increasing use of a falsetto is a little distracting at times because, let's face it, he doesn't have the strongest voice. But it does lend character to some of the songs. "Wtf?" certainly benefits from it as it balances out its great, funky deep rhythm, as does "Skyscrapers" and the practical primal scream as the song progresses.
The elements that are most impressive are the increased sophistication of both lyrics and composition. The band has definitely tried to evolve and grow their sound, which in my opinion is vital for any band to have any staying power. In doing so, they augment their penchant for catchy riffs with some introspective subjects and an increased sonic landscape.
What would be interesting is to see this band produced by someone that creates a deeper soundscape the way Brian Eno does for Coldplay. Sometimes the flatness and distortion of the production on this album makes it feel more like a demo record than a final product.… Expand
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