Album Remarks & Appraisals:
They had one hit back in 2002, and then they sort of just disappeared, but Chicago's OK Go are back to give it another go. The four-piece entered a Malmo, Sweden, studio late last year, and with the help of producer Tore Johansson (Franz Ferdinand, The Cardigans), exited with their second album, Oh No. Capitol. 2005.
Entertainment Weekly (No. 837, pp.79-81) - "...[T]heir sturdy hand-clappers deserve to be recognized for what they are: fresh slices of power-chord sunshine." - Grade: B+
Personnel: Andrew Duncan (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, vibraphone); Damian Kulash, Jr. (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, percussion); Andy Ross (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Timothy Nordwind (vocals, bass guitar); Filip Runesson (viola); Sven Andersson (saxophone); Peter Lindgard (trumpet); Jens Lingård, Jens Lindgård (trombone); Dan Konopka, Rasmus Kihlberg (drums).
Audio Mixers: Tore Johansson; Dave Sardy.
Recording information: GULA Studion, Malmo, Sweden.
Photographers: Tom Fowlks; Dusan Reljin.
From the opening blast of "Invincible" to the defeatist strains of "The House Wins," OK Go's second album, OH NO, is a potent dose of pure power-pop. Here the Chicago band is paired with Swedish producer Tore Johansson (Franz Ferdinand, the Cardigans), and the result is unabashedly high-energy rock. The group's Cars influence in still running strong, but OK Go wisely uses that sound as an engine to drive the group further into its own no-frills territory, where catchy choruses abound amidst bold guitar lines and propulsive rhythms. The Franz Ferdinand connection becomes obvious on the slinky "A Million Ways," which is a distant dance-rock cousin to FF's "Take Me Out." Led by vocalist/guitarist Damien Kulash, who often sounds like a more motivated Stephen Malkmus, OK Go knows how to craft immediately catchy tunes, and the record showcases the quartet's hyperactive talents to wonderful effect. For revved-up melodic rock with an edge, you can't go wrong with OH NO.