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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
OK Go
Self-titled
Capitol Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Sloan disappointed a lot of people last year, and although I wasn't completely let down by their album I did feel that they hadn't lived up to what I had expected of them, and a little void that began as a small crack soon began widening into a deep chasm. I need a pop band in my life that isn't afraid to blow the house speakers, and I need a rock band in my life that can cut the mustard on the dance floor at a wedding reception. Right now I'm kind of looking for all of that wrapped up into one, and at just the right time in steps OK Go with their self-titled debut.

I remember watching 120 Minutes back in junior high when Smashing Pumpkins were hosting and Billy Corgan went on and on about this band called The Fountains of Wayne, whom I stumbled upon not too long after that. While I was quite smitten with their self-titled album back in 1996, Fountains of Wayne never quite latched on to me the way I wanted to latch on to it. It had the fun party tunes with the sly retro gloss, but it lacked a certain visceral bite. Wet, lather, rinse, repeat with countless versions of the same pop/crunch formula from the Rentals on up through Ben Kweller and the crumbling dynasty of Weezer. I thought all hope was lost, but here I am eight years after Fountains of Wayne and a couple of scruffy guys from Chicago walk in out of nowhere to take a huge bite out of my tusch with one single track, a mouthful of my shakin' ass that I'm still reeling from.

OK Go's first single is the album's opener, "Get Over It", and they couldn't have picked a better lead off. "Get Over It" steals this album, from the fist-pumping guitar chords (and fuzzy solos!) to the whimsical keyboard melody to the bubbly bass line and upbeat drumming. Imagine blue-album-era Weezer crossing wires between Queen's "We Will Rock You" and Def Leopard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and you're on the right track.

As great as the opener is, don't think the bulk of OK Go isn't great from start to finish, because it is - from the keyboard fueled retro realism of "There's A Fire" to the following "C-C-C-Cinnamon Lips" with it's ooey gooey bubble gum goodness wrapped up in cutesy vocals, soft keyboards, quirky guitar lines and excellent percussion - start/stop drumming, hand claps and even a cowbell beat or two.

"Get Over It" blasts the gates of OK Go open and sets a super-charged pace that is hard to maintain, but OK Go does a good job of it for the most part (although "You're So Damn Hot" was a bit of a let down for a song with such a great title). This is the album for back to school, back to work, and back to the basics. School is in session and OK Go is required listening for Rock Songs 101.

Reviewed by Monique LeBreau


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