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Oh No! Oh My!
Oh No! Oh My!

Rating: 7/10 ?

June 2, 2006
I have a friend named Steev who likes to speak onomatopoetically. Often times he ends his emails and/or conversations with a "Whoop!". Listening to Oh No! Oh My! reminds me of Steev because they are a lo-fi, quirky band of jokesters who know how to write a catchy tune... to the point of annoyance.

For all intents and purposes, Steev means well in the jokes he plays, and nine times out of ten the jokes are honestly hilarious. It's just that tenth time that gets taken a little too far. Never does he harm anyone in any way, but he pushes well past the point of annoying and stupid into the realm of pointless.
Oh No! Oh My! have gotten a lot of recognition for being the self-released, self-taught group of youngsters they are. Half of the songs on this debut album of theirs are perfectly crafted pop tunes in the same vein as the Starlight Mints or some crossbreed of Built to Spill and Of Montreal.

The remaining half of the record is irritating and repetitious, something that probably could have been corrected in a proper studio with a producer or, at the very least, an engineer. But, all in all, for the band's first time out (and for it being a home recording) this album is pretty good.

Things get started with "Skip the Foreplay," a summertime anthem if I've ever heard one. High school boys and girls growing up a little too quickly when they go off and impregnate one another - or the boys do the girls at least. "Walk in the Park" is a perfect summertime montage song with a beautifully strummed acoustic guitar, easy drumming and fantastic head bobbing verses. This catchy tune will be stuck with you for days, the perfect audio montage for enjoying an ice cream sundae on a lazy afternoon. "Jane is Fat" is another fun, poppy summertime stroll song in the lo-fi indie vein.

Then there are songs like "Reeks and Seeks," which is nearly two minutes of Americana-indie rock with a single sentence repeated over and over ad-nauseum. "The Backseat" begins promisingly with gentle guitar strumming and a chorus of singers, but drags out for four and a half minutes. Everyone needs an editor, I guess.

It appears to me that these are all obvious first-timer mistakes that could easily be rectified on album number two. These boys are still searching for the sound that fits them best, but I've think they've got their heads in the right place. Keep an eye out for Oh No! Oh My! in the near future; I'm sure you won't be too disappointed, perhaps just a little annoyed.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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