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  • Summary: The latest album for the rock band from Chicago features the track "Shooting The Moon" which appeared in the "New Moon" movie soundtrack.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
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  1. There are a ton of catchy songs here: Almost every track on the album has something that grabs the attention.
  2. Without a doubt, this is all a lot to swallow, especially for long time fans of the band. Pure pop escapism this isn't, but as proof-positive that a band can evolve into legitimate artists without resorting to navel-gazing, it's wholly triumphant.
  3. Fridmann's production has given the band a whole new environment in which to play, and they've had their fun whilst making great, powerful music in the process.
  4. He's better at riding the power-pop rainbow of ''All Is Not Lost,'' a sing-along for hipsters who remember how to party unironically.
  5. 60
    They clearly asked Dave Fridmann to produce for his MGMT work rather than his exploratory Mercury Rev backstory. It's well, OK. [Mar 2010, p.90]
  6. It's mostly a psychedelic, smarty-pants dance party; no gym machines necessary.
  7. Unfortunately, wit the exception of the catchy "Needing/Getting," there's little that's memorable. [Winter 2010, p.107]

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  1. Sep 21, 2012
    10
    Insanely good album, loving it all the way, Ok Go\'s tracks have a habit of being stuck in my head but i'm not complaining!
    Their charming
    Insanely good album, loving it all the way, Ok Go\'s tracks have a habit of being stuck in my head but i'm not complaining!
    Their charming upbeat style and meaningful lyrics cheer me up every time i hear their music!
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  2. Jul 14, 2013
    10
    Easily OK Go's best album, with each song having a unique sound that you won't get sick of. I like it more and more every time I listen to it.Easily OK Go's best album, with each song having a unique sound that you won't get sick of. I like it more and more every time I listen to it. Bravo, OK Go. Expand
  3. Feb 25, 2013
    10
    Of the blue...out of the blue. Hot and playful. This is an improvement from its previous fun album Oh No. All songs more hip and naughty.Of the blue...out of the blue. Hot and playful. This is an improvement from its previous fun album Oh No. All songs more hip and naughty. Everything is prefect. Simple as it, get the out of your house and buy it!!! Expand
  4. Mar 6, 2012
    9
    Where "Oh No" was a dramatic improvement over their Eponymous first album, it still contained the same pop-flavored playfulness. "Of the ColorWhere "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.
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