Oh No, the second album from Chicago-based foursome OK Go, is a splendid affair. The first four tracks open the album in a raucous crash of pounding guitars and thumping drums. Track five - Oh Lately It's So Quiet - marks a shift in rhythm to a slightly smoother feel, after which energetic punk alternates with lighter, more considered material, before the last two tracks close the album in an unexpectedly reflective manner.
Parallels can be drawn with The Hives and The Vines; Oh No is packed with catchy, stomp along numbers and sharp lyrics which seize the ear and leave you with excerpts fixed in your mind long after the album finishes. There is just the right mix of racing, ballistic power rock and thoughtful, introspective harmonising to keep the interest running through the full forty-minute set of thirteen tracks.
In all, the band executes a glorious array of styles and demonstrate a capacity to provoke thought as well as energise and uplift. In fact, this album is almost too polished; too slickly produced and too tidy. It feels like a precise execution of musical and commercial nous - even the album notes are exactly calculated so that every inch of space is used and every band member photograph is unerringly in-keeping with the ruffling, arty style of this effort. It is a wonderful collection of memorable melodies and pompous, smashing rock eccentricity, and if they had deemed to fit to slide onto the CD the notoriously imaginative and creative videos to A Million Ways and Here It Goes Again, it would be even better.