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Of the Blue Colour of the Sky Ok Go EMI Rs 395, rating: HHH

Written by Mohan Kumar | Published: July 10, 2010 12:05:43 am

Steering away from the sacrosanct guitar,bass and drums that defined unadulterated rock music—then and now—the bandwagon of 21st century modern rock entities are catering to a synthesizer hungry,electro-wired audience. These bands prefer luscious sounds that tunnel through mid-tempo funk and grooves. Los Angeles based Ok Go’s third record “Of the Blue Colour of the Sky” has branched out of this alternate rock revolution.The album opener WTF? pretty much sums up their intentions.

The quartet seems to have settled on their newfound sound following jagged rock sound experiments on their sophomore Oh No. The album is a refined attempt which is evident in a bass-driven melodic funk track like Skyscrapers,a synth-fluid fervour on White Knuckles and the space-pop triumph on End Love,followed by a similar feel on the trickle sounding Vocoder induced Before the Earth was Round. While Last Leaf is an impressive take on the band’s acoustic driven vocal melody,Back from Kathmandu and While you were asleep are outer-space sojourns. The Nirvana-like drum intro on This too shall pass and groovy turns in All is not lost threads up this impressive but not-so-daring album.

Mohan.kumar@expressindia.com

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