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OK Go

OK Go: OK GoOK Go (2002)
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Contributed by: EddieEddie
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I can summarize this album in one word: underrated. After hearing their first single "Get Over It", many people passed the band off as another blink-182 clone, but this is simply not true. It's nothing like that. Ok Go's debut self-titled album is full of catchy choruses, crisp guitars, spot-on keyb.
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I can summarize this album in one word: underrated. After hearing their first single "Get Over It", many people passed the band off as another blink-182 clone, but this is simply not true. It's nothing like that. Ok Go's debut self-titled album is full of catchy choruses, crisp guitars, spot-on keyboarding, and true lyrics. While the album does include a lot of punk sensibilites, this is much more of a power pop/rock album with a very retro feel.

The album kicks off great with four bubbly rock songs: "Get Over It", "Don't Ask Me", "You're So Damn Hot", and "What to Do". They make me wish I was in a big concert crowd jumping to every beat. The album loses a little bit of momentum with "1000 Miles Per Hour", but catches back up again with "Return" and "The Fix is In". The album ends on a high-note with the love song "Bye Bye Baby".

The respectable keyboarding really brings a sense of individuality to the music. It adds great rhythm and melody to each song it's present in--which is all of them. It's never the same sound. They can be big beats or soft clicks. Not only that, but a variety of different band members play the keyboards and it feels like they're really trying to experiment with it and see what it does for their band.

Want some pop rock with integrity in your punk scene? Try these geeks out. This is perfect for any fan of Superdrag or They Might Be Giants. Ok Go is the Elvis Costello or Violent Femmes for a new generation.

 

 
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stealth (December 13, 2003)

This album is v. catchy..
Songs with clapping are fun, especially when driving

Eddie (July 24, 2003)

Regarding my blink-182 reference:

I probably should have used the term 'pop-punk' instead of naming a specific band, as I did. With all the media coverage and articles/reviews I read about this band when this CD was released, almost all of them seemed to mention that they were in the pop-punk genre, when they clearly are just a power pop band. That's all I meant. I just chose to use blink's name because they still are the mainstream pop-punk band that spawned all the other ones.

--Eddie

Anonymous (July 24, 2003)

that cover art is terrible.

Pink_Robots (July 24, 2003)

I dont get why these guys could be compared to blink.Maybe its the voices in your head but anyway these guys arent to bad and even tough i wouldnt spend my money on this album i would listen to them. they arent punk tho..why are there so many godamn reviews on bands that arent punk. This is a a punk site and i think there should be more punk reviews.

KirbyPuckett (July 23, 2003)

I just bought this...It fuckin' rules!

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/
(GET AWESOME!)

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

these guys arent terrible, and some of their songs are actually fantastic, such as return and especially dont' ask me. the harmonies and chorus' are really catchy and good. the singer has a solid voice too. but most of their songs are boring and dorky/lame. get over it, so damn hot , and 1000 miles are the only otehr good songs. the rest are either filler to terrible, but theres much worse bands out there

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

This cd stinks like newborn baby shit. Anybody see the Alkaline Trio video for "We've Had Enough"? That video sucks almost as bad as this cd.

soulbleed (July 23, 2003)

i don't know one person who said ok go was anything like blink 182. this album does kick ass, though

FortyMinutesWest (July 23, 2003)

"Of course, their album sucks compared to their first EP, but still, it's better than this sunny-day boring pop crap"

Pretty much anything is better than this. (Except Shattered Realm, Total Chaos, and Count the Stars)

TheOneTrueBill (July 23, 2003)

Q101 and this song make me sick. It never ended

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

"The respectable keyboarding really brings a sense of individuality to the music. It adds great rhythm and melody to each song it's present in--which is all of them"

Hahahahahahaha. You're a jackass.

-BSD

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

i like the song, theres a fire but i dont know. they aren't too original. they are good at what they do. but innovative they aren't. good pop record though.

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

How on earth does "Get Over It" resemble Blink 182 in any way?

This album's decent.

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

"Please don't tell me you like The Yeah Yeah Yeahs..."

Please don't tell me you like Shadows Fall...

We both have very different opinions about music, mine just happens to be more in correlation with the "punk" genre, so yes, I like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Of course, their album sucks compared to their first EP, but still, it's better than this sunny-day boring pop crap.

-BSD

Jon_the_Skafather (July 22, 2003)

hmm........i'm not sure if i like this band or not.....i checked out the songs up on the webpage and they were half catchy and half trite crap....guess i gotta get the cd and find out in the long run if i like it or not...

Icapped2pac (July 22, 2003)

Word to Ramo. This song is on the Madden 2003 soundtrack, and it fucking grates on my brain every time it comes on. I usually just have to mute the TV as soon as the game starts up so I won't have to hear it, along with the other god awful shit they put on there. I mean, has anybody heard that "Suk It Up" song by (hed)PE? That makes these guys AND the yeah yeah yeahs look like musical geniuses. Some label execs must've got John Madden to drop his doors and let them deliver a favor or two to get their fucking shitpile bands on that game (picture that one). They used instrumentals from Mos Def and Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek on 2002, which was pretty sweet. Hopefully 2004 takes a turn back for the better... somehow I don't have much hope though.

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

I have no idea HOW this guy ever got the impression they were a blink-182'ish band. Or a punkish band at all.They're mod-rock. They're kind of boring. I saw them live once ... their best song was a cover.

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

who thought this was a blink 182 clone?? I don't understand the correlation between this band's music and blink 182's music. Not that either of them are good but they sound nothing alike, OK Go has a much more rock sound than blink

flocktothebeat (July 22, 2003)

"sure sucks when your single is the best song you have"

my sentments exactly, i heard the single on tv and thought it wasnt complete shit, maybe some potential for good non radio songs.
then my friend brought it over and we listened to about 30 secs of each song before we gave up. death to crappy retro pop/rock. at least the arent the white hive stipes hot heat

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

i heard just one song of theirs in Madden 2003. it's ok if you like catchiness but it suddenly wears off.

Ramo

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

I like how hundreds of shitty pop rock bands get good reviews on this site, each one saying that it is "underrated" or that it sticks out from the herd of other shitty pop rock bands.

It's a sign of a very sad state of affairs when OK GO and other bands like them even get associated with punk rock.

thriceequalsgod (July 22, 2003)

i didn't even read the review, just the comments. this band is horrible. thats right. i dont have any reason. ive heard their song like twice. this band sucks dick. this is my opinion. dont bitch.

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

Don't ever compare this shit to Superdrag or Elvis Costello again...thanks.

NOFXPunkLTJ22 (July 22, 2003)

Who reviews this crap?

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

I absolutely love this album. I've been listening to it since it came out and haven;t begun to get tired of it. It's lots of fun, and incredibly catchy and upbeat. They do what they do and don't try to be anything else, you have to give them credit.

BeaArthur (July 22, 2003)

I bought this when it came out. While I believe it's better than most stuff on the radio, I haven't listened to it since the week I bought it. It's not good.

FortyMinutesWest (July 22, 2003)

Please don't tell me you like The Yeah Yeah Yeahs...

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

Hahaha. You losers jump all over the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but you like this shit? Shame on you. Pop-rock sucks these days. But the single was okay.

-BSD

Edgie (July 22, 2003)

Based on "Don't Ask Me", which happens to be an EA Tracks title, this album is, well, awful. The whole song just annoys me to no end.

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

this band was a failed attempt at cashing in on the indie craze.

sure sucks when your single is the best song you have.

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

this album is brilliant.

inagreendase (July 21, 2003)

eddie where the hell have you been? someone needed to fill the void left by wussemorock and contrary to popular belief i did not apply for the spot

maverick (July 21, 2003)

This album is so much fun it hurts. An excellent summer disc.

-Scott

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